(Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)Published by St. Martin's Griffin on May 17th 2016
Genres: Girls & Women, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Trixie Watson has two very important goals for senior year: to finally save enough to buy the set of Doctor Who figurines at the local comic books store, and to place third in her class and knock Ben West--and his horrendous new mustache that he spent all summer growing--down to number four.
Trixie will do anything to get her name ranked over Ben's, including give up sleep and comic books--well, maybe not comic books--but definitely sleep. After all, the war of Watson v. West is as vicious as the Doctor v. Daleks and Browncoats v. Alliance combined, and it goes all the way back to the infamous monkey bars incident in the first grade. Over a decade later, it's time to declare a champion once and for all.
The war is Trixie's for the winning, until her best friend starts dating Ben's best friend and the two are unceremoniously dumped together and told to play nice. Finding common ground is odious and tooth-pullingly-painful, but Trixie and Ben's cautious truce slowly transforms into a fandom-based tentative friendship. When Trixie's best friend gets expelled for cheating and Trixie cries foul play, however, they have to choose who to believe and which side they're on--and they might not pick the same side.
This was the book I needed and I didn’t even know it until I started reading it.
This was all kinds of nerd heaven. Just try to imagine what kind of trouble genius kids who are all competing for rankings in their private school could get into… and slip it into a retelling of Much Ado About Nothing add in a contentious relationship and you’ve got The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You.
Trixie is currently ranked fourth… she wants to be number 3 by the end of the school year and she wants to bump Ben Watson out of the way. Watson – V – West has been a regular show and quite often it’s a gloves off battle. Trixie has some new ammunition when senior year starts, and it appears that Ben has decided to grow a moustache… of sorts. Not only do the war of words seem to get harsher, but the fights now are causing a rift among the group of friends.
“Is it heavy’? I asked Ben, waving at his moustache. “Like weight training for your face? Or are you trying to compensate for your narrow shoulders?” He gave a half-hearted leer at my polo “I could ask the same thing of your bra.”
But what if Ben doesn’t really hate Trixie… and what if Trixie doesn’t really hate Ben? As Trixie starts to question her feelings for Ben, students seem to be dropping like flies from the class rankings for cheating… but what is happening is almost unbelievable, and Trixie is determined to get to the bottom of it and prove that what people are saying just isn’t true.
If you’re looking for the mother lode of nerdy references, lots of witty and fun banter, a clever & fun interpretation of a classic, wonderful friendships and hate to love relationship, then look no further. With unique and interesting and amazing characters, you’re going to want to add this book to your to read list immediately.
Thank you to the publisher for an early copy in exchange for my honest thoughts!