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Much Ado About Nerdom

Teenage geniuses obsessed with pop culture meet Shakespeare’s comedic scheming in Lily Anderson’s debut novel The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You.

Much Ado About Nerdom

BOOK REPORT for The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson

Cover Story: Comic Love
BFF Charm: Make it Rain
Swoonworthy Scale: 8
Talky Talk: Bard Meets Buffy
Bonus Factors: Shakespeare, Diversity, Awesome Grownups
Factor: Pop Culture Overload
Relationship Status: Kindred Spirits

I thought from the moment I read the synopsis for Lily Anderson’s novel, which opens with “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,” that this book and I were destined to be friends. But then I realized it was a retelling of Much Ado About Nothing, one of my favorite Shakespeare plays, and I knew that we were MFEO.

Check out my full review over at our series on Kirkus.

Mandy Curtis's photo About the Author: Mandy is a small town girl living in a nerdy world, or—if you want to get literal—an editor/writer living in Austin, TX. In addition to yearning for YA books—the more dystopian or fantastical, the better—she can also be found swooning over superheroes, dreaming of The Doctor and grinning at GIFs.