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.
Geek culture has grown into a huge thing in recent years with shows like The Big Bang Theory and the internet making it much easier for various fandoms to geek out with each other and plan various comic book and other fandom conventions.
YA has its fair share of geek culture books which I have aptly read because…dude, I love reading about geeks doing their typical thing regarding Doctor Who or whatever.
Lily Anderson’s book The Only Worse Than Me is You is one of these books with a Shakespearian twist-it’s a retelling of Much Ado About Nothing. And boy did this book have such a strong start. I really thought Trixie could’ve been a Shamy experimental child. There was so much Sheldon-isms about her from her appreciation of geek culture, her competitiveness, to the petty grudges she held—though her parents were more of the Howard and Bernadette types than Sheldon and Amy. But then this book became annoying. Mostly because I saw Beatrice acting like Sheldon with some of the romance, and any Shamy shipper can get really annoyed with Sheldon’s treatment towards Amy.
As much as I love Sheldon on the TV show, I am glad that there are other characters to balance him out because he can get annoying.
The plot in this one didn’t really work for me as well. I get that it was a retelling, but there should’ve been cleverer ways to go about it than the book did. Plus, the romance while it was a trope that I adore the revelation of feelings came a little too fast especially for a character who is a dumber version of Sheldon Cooper.
On the plus side, there were some nice geek references and moments. I really was reminded of The Big Bang Theory, especially in the earlier parts of the book. Honestly, the book was best in the first half. Once the cheating plot and romance plot hit the foreground, it sort of lost ground.
And I mean really, while these geeks might be able to make their references for girl and boy geniuses they’re sort of lame. I mean, I would’ve thought at least one of them would’ve invented a killer robot or something.
If you want a cute and light read I do recommend this one with reservations. Again, first part of the book is fantastic than it sort of flounders.
Overall Rating: This one really waffles in the area between a C+ and B- I settled on two rather than three GoodReads stars, so it’s more in the C+ range. But still, if you like geek references you might want to give it a try. There’s way worse stuff out there.