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 book was hilarious.
I couldn’t out it down. There aren’t many books that can do a haters to lovers romance true justice, but this one hit the mark. Every snarky remark and casual jab was like candy.
First off, I loved Trixie. She was spunky and unforgiving, and she would do anything to keep her spot in the class. At first I wasn’t sure I’d like the setting, an elite private school. It seems so cliche, but in this case it worked. There were fandom mentions and academic rivalry. I loved every second of it, and Trixie was in the center of it all. The best part of her character was the moments where I didn’t agree with her, or where she wasn’t completely likeable. It made her realistic and relatable, even with such a high IQ.
I don’t like facial hair, so I went into this handlebar mustache loving love interest story with an open mind. Ben counterbalanced Trixie. Don’t get me wrong, it was a lot easier to like him after a makeover, but I liked him even before then. He was the nerd boy of my dreams. Let’s be honest – who doesn’t love a little healthy competition?
I love when I go into a contemporary expecting it to be light and airy and get something of a heavy hitter. Since the environment was so stressful, it caused a petri dish of competition. The high intensity of the situation made someone messing with grades an even bigger deal.
Fans of Candy Jar and Why I Loathe Sterling Lane will devour this book. It’s a hilarious Shakespeare retelling and does the bard justice, while adding a modern spin.