Review: The Boy Next Story by Tiffany Schmidt

Title: The Boy Next Story
Author: Tiffany Schmidt
Release Date: May 21, 2019
Publisher: Amulet Paperbacks
Pages: 448

Don’t have time to read the entire review? That’s okay! Scroll down to the very end for a TL;DR.

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The second book in a series where your favorite literary characters come to life, inspired by the timeless classic, Little Women!

There’s no one better than the boy next door. At least not according to Aurora Campbell, fourteen, who has been in love with Tobias May since their very first sandbox kiss. The problem is, he’s in love with her older sister, Merrilee. And Merri is already dating one of his best friends.

Rory is learning all about pining as her class reads The Great Gatsby, a book she doesn’t find “great” at all. Also not great—her GPA, something she needs to fix, quickly, if she’d like to apply for the chance to spend a week studying art with her hero in New York City over winter break. But when Ms. Gregoire assigns her to read Little Women for extra credit, Rory discovers more than she expected—both about herself and Toby. Maybe she wasn’t in love with the boy next door. . . but the boy next story.

Love is complicated, and it’s all about to get even trickier for Rory at Reginald R. Hero Prep . . . where with the help of one quirky English teacher, students’ fantasies come true, often with surprising consequences.

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This was such a delight to read! Though it is the second book in the Bookish Boyfriends series, you don’t have to read A Date With Darcy before The Boy Next Story. I jumped right into this second novel and now that I’ve read it I’m anxious to go back and read the first one. Tiffany Schmidt’s writing style was fun and completely perfect for breathing life into these characters.

You just need to be.

the boy next story by tiffany schmidt

Rory and her sisters felt real and full of life. Each of the sisters had wonderfully unique and distinctive personalities and I loved seeing their interactions. These three were very much sisters and had all of the squabbles you would expect, but also some very loving moments as well. Even though they didn’t always get along you could tell that at the end of the day they loved and cared about each other. Rory’s parents were also great and the fact that they were supportive of her and her grades even though she doesn’t have all As really touched my heart. They knew she was working hard and trying her best and we need to be seeing more of this.

Avoiding the things you’re afraid of doesn’t make them go away.

the boy next story by tiffany schmidt

I wish I could say that all of the characters were as great as the sisters, but they weren’t. Aside from Toby, the others were very run of the mill ordinary and easily confused. I had trouble keeping them apart and there was even one that throughout the entire book I could never figure out who she was or where she came from. They were all likeable but too similar and indistinguishable.

Two of my favorite tropes, a fake relationship and a slow burn, were included in this story! The slow burn really was so slooooow and I loved every second of it. When it came to the fake relationship though I wasn’t as impressed. It was very much glossed over. Mostly the characters just mentioned that it was taking place without there being any action behind it. The entire thing felt very insignificant and pointless.

Everything looks different in the dark, but all you need to do is turn on the light.

the boy next story by tiffany schmidt

The Boy Next Story really was a very endearing read! Little Women isn’t my favorite classic but I did love the parallels between it and this story. This is a longer read which isn’t typical for a lot of the contemporary novels I read, but the book passed quickly and never felt like it was dragging by. If contemporaries or fun light reads are what you like then I definitely suggest picking up Tiffany Schmidt’s next installment!

TL;DR: A fun light read with a great set of sisters! This story features a great slow burn and a not so great fake relationship with a very satisfying ending.

A finished copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

What: two copies of The Boy Next Story by Tiffany Schmidt
Who: open to US residents
When: starts 5/21/19 and ends 6/4/19
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