It’s senior year and Trixie is determined to graduate number three in her class. She would aim higher, but there’s no way she can possible compete with the students in slot one and two–so number three it is. The only thing standing in her way is Ben West and his mustache. Trixie and Ben have been battling through the rankings for years and she’s not about to let him have the final say. Unfortunately, this is the year that Trixie’s best friend and Ben’s best friend start dating so they’re forced to hang out with each other. This is when Trixie starts to realize that she and Ben have more in common than she thought.
I love the fact that all of the characters in this book are super smart. They go to an exclusive private school where you have to take this extreme entrance exam to get in. At the beginning there’s this one line where one of the jocks knocks into a character and says, “Nerd” and one of the other characters says something like, “This is a school for the gifted. We’re all nerds.” I don’t know why, I just really liked that. It’s kind of how I imagine going to a school like Stanford, MIT, or Harvard would be like. You can just look around at everyone on campus and know that they must be super smart to be there.
Trixie was hard for me to stomach at times. She’s this really abrasive character and I find myself disliking her. She and Ben have this banter that goes back and forth and while he says some pretty mean things to her, she says some really mean things back. It also always feels like she’s the instigator of all of their confrontations. Overall, it just felt like she was this huge bully. Can’t you compete for rank without being so hostile towards each other?
Overall the plot was pretty good (I like that there was a little bit of a mystery to be solved) and the characters were pretty varied which was nice. I liked all of the fandoms that played a part in the book. In addition, it’s always nice to have super smart characters who aren’t socially inept.
Overall Rating: 4
Sexual Content: Mild
Note: I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.