Beatrice “Trixie” Watson has two goals for her senior year. She wants to save enough money to buy the collectible Doctor Who figurines at the local comics shop and she intends to knock her nemesis, Benedict “Ben” West down to fourth place in their fancy prep school ranking. The two have always had a tense and antagonistic relationship, going all the way back to when Ben caused Trixie to break her arm on the monkey bars during first grade. This year, she is determined to do everything it takes to crush him academically.
Ben and Trixie’s friends, however, are less than thrilled about their decade-long rivalry, which only seems to be getting more mean-spirited with every year. When Trixie’s best friend Harper starts dating Ben’s best friend, Cornell, they are forced to spend more time in each other’s company and their group of friends is adamant that they need to stop the constant sniping, as it’s getting on everyone’s nerves. Once they start actually talking civilly to one another, they discover that they share many geeky interests and possibly they don’t need to savage each other verbally every chance they get.
As the school year proceeds, several students get accused of cheating, an unforgivable offence at a competitive school like Messina Academy for the Gifted. The group think little of it until one day, it seems these people may have been framed, by none other than Harper, who is immediately expelled. Cornell seems to abandon her and Trixie is furious. Will Ben pick Cornell’s side or help Trixie investigate and clear Harper’s name?
Back in July, Caitlin gave this book 5 stars over on the Cannonball group blog. A clever YA retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, where all the various characters are nerds of all varieties attending a prestigious prep school? They are deeply opinionated about Firefly and Doctor Who (more on that later) and flirt about Saga. How could I not love this? While Caitlin said that all the nerdy references didn’t work for her, they were part of what made me really get into the story. It really is so well done, and the modernised take on how Harper/Hero is ruined is much better than ZOMG! She may not be pure as the driven snow! of the original play and they don’t actually have to fake anyone’s death to resolve things, I was amused and happy throughout the story, with one notable exception.
Full review here, including my lenghty nerd rant about what nearly broke the book for me.