Bookish Boyfriends ~ The Boy Next Story: A fun magical contemporary that was pretty hard to put down.

Bookish Boyfriends by Tiffany Schmidt book cover
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Published: May 21st 2019
Series Number: 2
Page Count: 429
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…

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
 
I enjoyed this book even though I wasn’t sure how much I would at first. Mostly because the first time I ever watched Little Women, in the end, I was so mad at the way it turned out. I thought for sure Jo and Laurie would end up, and when they didn’t and he ended up with Amy instead, I wasn’t even interested in reading the book. I don't know why I was so angry about it, but I was. So I was a tad skeptical going into it. I’m excited to say that this book has made me want to read Little Women now. I plan to do so this year sometime. I also plan on reading The Great Gatsby. 
 
Aurora, but called Rory for short, is the youngest of 3 girls. Her oldest sister Lilly is about to get married, and her other sister Merri, who is only 10 months older than her, is the complete opposite of her. Merri is fun, adventurous, and loves attention, and to top it off, is best friends with the boy she has been in love with forever, Toby. Toby is the boy next door who has been friends with both Merri and Rory since they were littles. He is 2 years older than Aurora, so he ended up being closer to Merri than her. Toby and Merri do everything together, and Rory tags along sometimes, but mostly feels like the third wheel. While Rory is in love with Toby, Toby only has eyes for Merri. Except, Merri is dating Toby’s friend and is super happy with him. Merri has no want to have any kind of romantic relationship with Toby, ever. 
 
Not only does Rory have boy problems, but she is also having trouble with her grades. Rory is an amazing artist, so she does well in her advanced art class, but she isn’t getting her English or her math. Her English teacher, Mrs. Gregoire always assigns books tailored to her class. This year she assigned the Great Gatsby, which Rory could relate to a bit because of all the unrequited love, which she is also dealing with. Bur when they finish this book, Mrs. Gregoire gives Rory Little Women to read for “extra credit” and it hits a lot closer to home than Rory thought it would. 
 
As Rory tries to get her grades up, especially since she has a chance to go the big city and study a week with an artist that she loves, she also is figuring out how to deal with her love problems. She has made 2 great friends that help her with this, but she still has no idea what to do and is not the best at saying what she is feeling. I liked Rory a lot. There were times that I got mad at her, but then I’d remember that she was only 15 years old. But overall, I thought that Rory was a great character who I ended up connecting with. Her sisters and Toby were just as lovable. 
 
I hate that I didn’t read the first book in the series, Finding Darcy. I did not realize that it’s about Merri and Fielding!!! So I'm going to be reading that one soon. I am excited to read about their story and see what Mrs. Gregoire did for them. I definitely recommend reading that one first though, before this one. I’m sure it’s not needed, but I wish I would have done it that way. I am super excited to see who is going to be next on Mrs. Gregoire’s list!!!!!

 

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