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Blog Tour: Meet Lily!

Lily Anderson - The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You
Published: May 17, 2016 by St. Martin's Griffin
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 352

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.
The ONLY THING WORSE THAN ME IS YOU is a delightful, diehard, unexpectedly hilarious YA. If you aren't already infatuated with my OTP good friends, Trixie and Ben's sometimes-playful, sometimes-not banter, you'll prob obsess over how amazing Trixie's parentals are and/or their brilliant squad of friends.

Lily Anderson was awesome enough to join me for an interview to talk about bookish playlists, her favorite scene in her fab debut, and - wait for it! - what she's working on next. Stick around to find out.
"There’s a lot to enjoy in debut novelist Anderson’s geek-positive update of Much Ado About Nothing, including intense comic book fandom, a cheating scandal, student council drama, themed dances, and two central characters engaged in an epic love-hate relationship. Readers familiar with the Shakespeare will enjoy Anderson’s riffs on the original’s plot points as Trixie and Ben get their nerdily-ever-after ending." —Publishers Weekly

“This is the kind of book that would get lost with you in a comic book shop. It would stay up late with you for a midnight release movie. It would let you practice your moves in a fighting game, before things got started. Basically, this book is the geeky best friend you've always wanted. A hilarious, heartfelt book that treats pop culture and Shakespeare with the same reverence and adoration, The Only Thing Worse than Me Is You a perfect geeky read that I wish I'd had in high school. If you could rate books on a scale of comic book conditions, this book would be MINT.” —Eric Smith, blogger and author of The Geek’s Guide to Dating

“This was a super fun retelling of Much Ado! I absolutely loved the voice in this book and the banter was A+++++.”
Ashley Herring Blake, author of Suffer Love

“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 story. The dialogue is phenomenal! Highly, highly recommend!” —Karen Fortunati, author of The Weight of Zero

“I loved The Only Thing Worse than Me Is You. It’s not only fun and witty—it’s also generous and big-hearted. And as a bonus, it’s thoroughly appreciated of fandom culture AND has good parental relationships.” —Jennifer Mason-Black, author of Devil and the Bluebird
Q1: Hi Lily! Thank you so much for stopping by!
Hello! I’m beyond delighted to be here.

Q2: Awesome! Okay, first off, I absolutely adore your cast. The parentals are actual gems. Ben and Trixie are my OTP. THERE I SAID IT. Also: the humor of your book is diehard hilarious. Do you happen to have a favorite character?
Squee! That’s great to hear. It’s hard writing comedies because, of course, *I* think the book is funny but I also wrote everyone’s jokes. So, thank you! My favorite character changes whenever I think of the book. Because it’s first person, I had to live in Trixie’s brain for a while, so I’m pretty partial to her. I do miss writing for Ben the most. He’s so inappropriate and such a loudmouth. His lack of filter is endlessly entertaining from a creative point of view. Sitting down in front of my computer and thinking, “Hm. He could say something worse here,” was a highlight of working on this book.

Q3: I almost always gravitate toward book soundtracks. While you were writing THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN ME IS YOU, did you fall immediately in love with a particular song? Or have you, perhaps, devised your own book soundtrack?
I always makeup a Spotify playlist for when I’m writing. It’s usually a few hours long and made up of entire albums that have the same general feeling of the book’s narrator and tone. For TOTWTMIY, I wrote to a combination of Gin Wigmore, April and the Great Picture Show, Garfunkel And Oates, the 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU soundtrack, and Mumford And Sons (particularly Sigh No More, which is, in itself, a quote from Much Ado About Nothing). The first kiss was written to the songs “Vale Decem” and “Vale” from Doctor Who episode “The End Of Time (Part II)”. In the context of Doctor Who, these are the songs sung by the Ood that underscore the tenth Doctor’s regeneration.

Q4: And do you have a favorite scene? (Mine is the haunted house scene. If my friends did that to me, I wouldn’t have a panic attack, I’d probably just die. #RIPMe.)  
Ha! I would not last a single second in any kind of haunted house either. Even just watching YouTube clips of what’s inside of them for research totally freaked me out! My favorite scene of the book is probably the winter ball scene. I’m a total 90s kid and writing a scene at “the big dance” was kind of like the culmination of all the hours I spent rewatching She’s All That, 10 Things I Hate About You, and Jawbreaker (to name a few). There’s something about everyone strapping into formalwear that ups the emotional ante and you just know as a reader than something big is going to happen. (Spoiler alert: something big happens.)

Q5: Also, are you currently writing and/or planning anything new? Currently crossing my fingers and toes in anticipation.
I’m working on two different projects right now! A YA mystery series set in a small town in Oregon and another book about nerdy geniuses. (I think that’s all I can say about that! Hopefully I’ll have more news for you soon!) 
Lily Anderson is an elementary school librarian and Melvil Dewey fangirl with an ever-growing collection of musical theater tattoos and Harry Potter ephemera. She lives in Northern California. THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN ME IS YOU is her debut novel.


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