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The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You

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4.04  ·  Rating details ·  3,842 ratings  ·  915 reviews
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
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 17th 2016 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Viv Because it is. It's a retelling of Much ado about nothing by Shakesspeare. You'll see it in the story, the names of characters and the school. …moreBecause it is. It's a retelling of Much ado about nothing by Shakesspeare. You'll see it in the story, the names of characters and the school. (less)

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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
This was SO FRAKKING CUTE. I adored every single page of this damn book. My heart is so happy.
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
OMG! I COULDN'T PUT THIS BOOK DOWN! and it cracked me up. Well a lot of it did, there are some serious stuff and some love stuff which was all done soooooooooooo very nicely!


The book is about three best friends, Trixie, Meg and Harper. They go to Messina Academy for the Gifted - Mess for short :-) It's a school for nerds and geeks and I want to be one and hang with them! But I'm not smart like they are and I love that they love comics and graphic novels and all the cool tv show
Jaime Arkin
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
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites

After reading the book, I was stuck with my absurd goofy grin and due to my overwhelmed emotions, my previous review might have indicated that I'm crazy. Anyways, I'm getting back to the current review.

I picked up the book because of the title. The book cover was promising, too. (seriously, who can ignore a cover which looks like a comic and a contemporary got mixed?) When I dived into the book, I couldn't help but relate myself to Trixie. The book was filled with fand
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Between the Doctor Who reference in the synopsis and comparison of MAAN meets Ten Things I Hate About You, my expectations were quite high going into this book.

I loved Trixie and Ben. Like an irrational sort of obsessive kind of love. They're smart and snarky and the banter is unbelievable. The entire cast of characters were awesome. And Trixie's parents were hilarious.

Everything from the overall plot to the epilogue and all of the stuff in between was nerd filled perfection. I loved every sin
4.5 stars

My little fangirl heart is soooo happy =) Numerous mentions of Doctor Who, Firefly, Joss Whedon, numerous superheroes....the nerd in me is squealing =D

An added bonus...this is a Much Ado About Nothing retelling.

If you are a fan of any of the above, you will love this.


The description mentioned Firefly and Doctor Who

And this is a Much Ado About Nothing retelling

Trigger warnings: bullying. I think that's it??

This is delightful from start to finish and I love it.

On reread, I'm bumping this up to 5 stars. It's such a brilliant retelling that captures the ridiculousness and the fun and the humour of Much Ado perfectly. Nerdiness abounds (although I do sliiiiiightly question the idea of a group of teenagers being as dedicated to Joss Whedon's work as this lot are) and it's woven into the story flawlessly.

Trix and Ben grated less this tim
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view.

I first read this book way back in January, after I finished my exams, and devoured the whole thing in less than a day. Afterwards, life seemed to get in the way, and I kept putting off writing my review that I realised I needed to reread the book in order to remember what happened. After rereading only the first few chapters, everything came back to me, and I remembered just why I loved the bo
Sherwood Smith
Mar 18, 2016 added it
Shelves: fiction

Copy received courtesy of NetGalley

I loved this book. It has one of my favorite tropes ever, the couple who begin loathing each other and who banter their way toward love. Add in a Shakespearean substrate (and shout-outs galore) and I was glued to the pages.

Only-child Trixie has two best friends, and doesn’t need any more friends. She certainly doesn’t need a boyfriend. She wants no distractions from moving up the rankings at the school for very bright kids that she attends, but the thorn in her
Here are some of my thoughts:
• This is a solidly cute, light read. The only way I can describe the tone of this book is casual. I appreciate that this not another angst-ridden contemporary YA romance book. It’s a breath of fresh air to just see teenagers (albeit incredibly smart ones - but even that wasn’t overwhelming) just being normal and living. The pacing simply flows as you follow the protagonist, Trixie, hanging with and texting her friends, making tons of geeky references, complaining ab
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This YA book is an absolute delight.

It has a great cover, fantastic title, and is loaded with nerdy pop culture references and smart banter.

It's the story of Trixie and her nemesis, Ben, super smart teens battling for the number 3 spot in an elite high school for teens of high intelligence.

I giggled my way through this book. The humour was fabulous. The characters were flawed in endearing ways and highly likeable. My only small complaint is that Trixie stepped out of character a little at key m
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One of the best Shakespeare retellings to hit the YA world. If Ten Things I Hate About You were to have a baby with fandoms like Dr. Who + Sherlock & Watson + the great comic debate of Marvel vs. DC + Star Wars, you'd still need to add in guffaw out loud wit before you got close to THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN ME IS YOU. I could not turn the pages fast enough and stayed up laughing well into the night. A whip-smart new voice in YA, I will be buying anything Lily Anderson writes forever.

If you're i
Karen Fortunati
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I raced through the arc of this fast paced, smart, funny high school mystery inspired by Much Ado About Nothing! Trixie Watson's senior year at her high school for the gifted and talented goes wildly awry. First, her lifelong nemesis has a surprising change of heart about her and second, a cheating scandal involves one of her closest friends. Trixie's evolving romance was pitch perfect and the mystery of the cheating kept me hooked until the last page. This is a sweet, intelligent and clever sto ...more
Julie Zantopoulos
May 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: own-it, read-in-2018
Here's what I have learned about me and contemporary-I like when they make me cry and I hate when they have zero meat to them. At the heart of this book, it's a story about self-proclaimed nerds at a school for the gifted and insanely bright, the pressures they are under, the different ways they connect and converse with one another, and the angst of teenage dating. It was fine, for the most part, but it didn't wow me. I think I described it best when texting with a friend, "It was stupid, but c ...more
Andi (Andi's ABCs)
This review was originally posted on Andi's ABCs
I was told by a lot of people to read The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You. Gail actually told me to read it so much that I bought the book one day when I was with her. But then the book just sat and sat. Finally I just decided to pick it up and I'm so happy I did. It was cute and adorable and nerdy and fun.

The Only Thing... is about a group of students that go to the super smart kid school. They are all nerdy geniuses that could test out of high s
Ashley Blake
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
This was a super fun retelling of Much Ado! I absolutely loved the voice in this book and the banter was A+++++. Trixie goes to a school for geniuses and Anderson really nails the quirky and genuine facets of all her characters. The hate-to-love storyline was well done and fresh. For me, this book is a great example of a lovable unlikeable heroine. Trixie, in the beginning is a little harsh, a little brash, a little set in her ways. But as she starts to soften toward Ben and her loyalty for her ...more
“School for geniuses, all crammed together. Hormones and broken relationships and everybody’s limbic system growing too quickly to keep up with their prefrontal cortexes.”

Esa frase resume todo el libro y sí, es tan genial como parece.


Los personajes y la forma en que son nerds y geeks en partes iguales. Sí, van a una escuela para genios y tienen conversaciones acerca de su coeficiente intelectual y escriben ensayos de la economía africana pero también leen cómics y comp
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Ahhhhh I absolutely loved this! I feel like I forget how much I love contemporaries until I read an amazing one like this. The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You was everything I hope for in a good book. Hilarious and lovable characters, great writing style, fun and entertaining storyline. Our main character Beatrice, but don't call her that call her Trixie, is nothing short of a role model. She is not afraid to be who she really is. She wears her love for comics, studying/school and wardrobe proud ...more
Danielle (Love at First Page)

3-3.5 stars

I probably would have liked this more if hate-to-love romances were more my thing. There was just a little too much hate/meanness going on for me in the beginning to enjoy the romance fully. However, the ending was pretty perfect, I adored the whole group dynamic and most of the nerdiness, and shipping Trix and Ben got a whole lot easier when they weren't insulting each other so harshly. I'll definitely be reading more from this author!
Laurie Flynn
Dec 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My love of snark is well-documented. There are few things I adore more in a book than a main character with a whip-smart sense of humor who knows her way around sarcasm. I knew within the first page of THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN ME IS YOU that I had found my spirit animal in Trixie Watson, the book’s protagonist and beating heart. She’s no stranger to lobbing quick-witted insults and always has a well-timed jab at the ready, especially for her nemesis, Ben West. But what I love most about Trixie ...more
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2016-favorites
when you want to die because a book is just so perfect??????

full review to come, but i adored this book. SO, SO CUTE. My stomach got *the butterflies*
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 / 5 Fangs

I had a hard time getting into this book in the beginning. I couldn't really connect with the main character, Trixie. I understood that she was suppose to be snarky, but I felt like she just came off as mean. I didn't find her "snark" particularly funny. She insulted others in a cruel way and she thought she is better than everyone else because she was "nerdy".

I had a hard time connecting to her due to that because being a nerd doesn't mean you have the right to make fun on "non-n
Jen Ryland
I'd describe the overall vibe of The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You as John Green (group of genius kids who spend most of their time engaging in witty nerdish banter) meets Rainbow Rowell (the whole fandom thing) with a touch of ... maybe Big Bang Theory.

The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You is also a loose retelling of Much Ado About Nothing, one that involves a heated school competition over class rank and a very mild mystery. I wasn't sure it was all going to work, but it did in the end.

I real
Jul 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-reviews
I am apparently in the minority in not being blown away by the sly and snarky retelling of “Much Ado About Nothing” that is “The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You.” Before you throw the infamous rotting fruit of The Globe at me, please allow me to explain.

The characters of Trixie, Ben, and their friends were likable enough and well-developed. They all had a good backstory and fit well within the Shakespearean framework. The school was interesting and the mystery aspect of the plot was intriguing a
4.5 stars

Well that was some adorable, geeky, shippy goodness. ♥ Seriously, there have been a lot of these YA contemporary romances recently with a geek angle - but this is by far the best one till now. Like, the characters are in a super elite prep school, they've all got crazy high IQs, their lives are homework and geek fandom.

This is it.

This book is like basically me in high school/college? I adored all the fandom references because I caught like all of them, and you could just tell that it's
Yup, every bit as hilarious and delightful as you think it's gonna be <3 ...more
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Taylor Knight
Mar 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
I don't know what I was expecting with this book but it was way better than I ever could have anticipated. I did have a few problems with the main character but I loved the concept of the book.
The writing was so great and flowed perfectly. I actually read this book in one day because I couldn't put it down.
I did find Trixie to be annoying a lot of the time. There was this one part towards the beginning of the book that hit me wrong and I couldn't shake it. She made a comment that because her f
♛ may
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book.

I LOVED the geeky humour, the mystery, and the cute little bits in between!

The characters are realistic and hilarious and the group of genius geeky friends are perfect. I loved the friendship and the growth of young love and the silly banter (and the notoriously hideous yet hilarious handlebar mustache).

All in all, a fun, energizing read! Very refreshing change from all the terrible-love-triangles and overused plots that always end up
Laura Zats
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love this book with 100% of my geeky little heart. Shakespeare meets an awesome, smart heroine who actually makes mistakes and grows, plus a hero that looks like David Tennant, and I'm SOLD. Can't wait for this book to be out and all manner of geeks can find references to their fandom! ...more
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Lily Anderson is the author of THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN ME IS YOU, NOT NOW NOT EVER, and UNDEAD GIRL GANG. A former school librarian, she is deeply devoted to Shakespeare, fairy tales, and podcasts. Somewhere in Northern California, she is having strong opinions on musical theater. Find her online at ...more

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