Every snarky geek girl needs a copy of this book. Actually, every snarky girl needs a copy of this book, even if they don’t have the credentials to be considered a geek girl. Why? Because this author gets it right – she has to be one of us, or at the very least, a friend of one of us.
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.
Trixie is definitely prickly, but under that exterior beats a heart. She can’t resist a chance to banter with her nemesis, and she doesn’t hold back the punches, but when she finds out that her frenemy takes her words to heart, she is determined to right her wrongs. I loved the loyalty and the feelings and the funny that this character has to offer. She is authentic and spot on. Bonus: The plot isn’t bad either. There is a mystery and some teen dating drama, a high pressure school for genius and some library/bathroom/supply closet make-out sessions – no one walks away without a prize on this one. And while this book does have a geek element, you don’t have to be versed in a Joss Whedon or Dr. Who to get it (though that helps). Themes and thoughts are universal enough that a few Star Wars references won’t leave you feeling out of the loop. I clearly enjoyed this book, and I know others will as well. It is definitely going on my high school classroom library wish list, and I can’t wait to recommend it to those snarky girls in my classes. Language and situations are appropriated for ages 14+, but grown up geek girls will enjoy it just as much.
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.