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The Boy Next Story

(Bookish Boyfriends #2)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  621 ratings  ·  124 reviews
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 i
Paperback, 429 pages
Published May 21st 2019 by Harry N. Abrams
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Makayla Hayes Yeah their connected meaning they have the same characters and settings but Merri is the main focus of that book, so you dont have to read the first o…moreYeah their connected meaning they have the same characters and settings but Merri is the main focus of that book, so you dont have to read the first one to read the second one.(less)

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Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

Many thanks to Amulet Books for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

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I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher. This in no way impacted on my view.

After immediately finishing my copy of A Date With Darcy, I hate to dive right into book 2, The Boy Next Story. Now, I adored the romance in the first book, and was really intrigued by Rory (Aurora), so had high hopes for this book. I wasn't disappointed, but I will admit, early on, that I wasn't as invested in this book as much, but that's basically because the Pride & Prejudice story line was my favourite,
Mari Johnston
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl.

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.

Rory and her sisters felt real and full of life
Divine Anas
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
"Just once, can’t I identify with the star? Why am I always the secondary character? The second choice? Gatsby, Amy–don’t I get to be the hero in fiction?"
Endearingly relatable and reminiscent of the awkward and clunky teen phase.
Delving into this book was quite daunting at first because I didn’t realize until then that the MC is 15 here. I thought that this might not appeal to me anymore and I’m scared to feel apathetic if I find the usual tropes for YA Contemporary here. Spoiler a
Andi (Andi's ABCs)
This review was originally posted on Andi's ABCs

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Last year when I reviewed A Date with Darcy (previously Bookish Boyfriends) I said: “…I have read a couple of books by Tiffany Schmidt, and I have met her in person. Bookish Boyfriends is probably the most Tiffany book I have ever read.” After reading The Boy Next Story, I stand corrected. This is the m
hallie bertling
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"when you keep your fears locked inside they have power, but when you confront them, you give yourself the power to fix them."


here's what i find super*interesting about literature. in particular, perhaps, most visible in ya fiction:
i see the OLD me so often. even if it's ten or twenty years later from that point in my life's history, sometimes an author seems to have SEEN me. and while i had to take my own path to get where i am today, it feels good to know it mattered. and confirm that i am
Laura Gardner
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to author @tiffanyschmidt for sending me a copy of this book to share with #kidlitexchange -- I looooved it! This book is out May 21, 2019
5/5 for The Boy Next Story, which is possibly even more wonderful than the first book in the Bookish Boyfriends series. Maybe it's that I identify more with introvert Rory or maybe it's that I fell hard for her love interest, boy next door Tobias. Who can resist a story about friendship that blooms into love??
Here's what else I loved:
*a chance to
Karen Barber
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
In this second book in the series there’s a sense of familiarity to some of the components, but the changing book focus and new characters stops it seeming repetitive.
In this story we focus on aspiring artist Aurora who’s had a crush on her next door neighbour Toby since she was five. Unfortunately, he seems to be in love with Aurora’s sister even though she’s unaware of it.
This could have been irritating beyond belief, and there were moments that I wanted to smack heads together because people
Molly  Elizabeth
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favs
Ugh hells yes
Candyce Kirk
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Let's start off by saying that you don't have to read the first book in this series to read this one. Even though they are connected in a few ways, The Boy Next Story can be read as a standalone.

That being said, I have to sat that The Boy Next Story is a perfect summer read. We meet Aurora (Rory) who is an artistic type and quite talented. She's more of an introvert and is having a hard time finding her place at school and maybe even at home. I loved Rory, because she isn't the perfect teenage g
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you @kidlitexchange and @tiffanyschmidt for a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

“When you keep your fears locked inside they have power, but when you confront them, you give yourself the power to fix them.”

This was such a sweet, young adult romance. I love how the author tied in correlations with The Great Gatsby and Little Women. The MC has to read both as school assignments and it was fun knowing those classic storylines and watching her try to encorporate those literary
Nay Denise
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Received a finished copy for review.

This was such a cute read, I'm going with a 3.75 star rating on this. The reading experience was awesome because it included piece of The Great Gatsby and the characters were all interesting, but I wasn't extremely pulled in enough to give it a complete 4 star rating.

Aurora Campbell aka Rory seems to be a whiny character, but as the story goes on I begin to like her much more than expected. She's a typical teen who is trying to figure things out for herself an
Samantha (WLABB)
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, ya, arcs, romance
Rating: 3.5 Stars

We are back at Hero High for another adorable installment of Bookish Boyfriends. This book focused on the youngest Campbell sister, Rory. And you see: Rory liked Toby, but Toby liked Merri, and Merri, very much so, loved Fielding. Yes! We are dealing with several cases of unrequited love here, but with the right book recommendations from their sort of magical English teacher, both Rory and Toby were able to tackle the issues of their hearts.

As with the previous book, Schmidt giv
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
!!! The audio version has an interview with the author, voice actress, etc!!! Ekkkkk!!!!

This ended up being cute and it was genius of the author to have already started this story in the first book. SPOLIER: However, I'm not going to lie, the Amy and Lori relationship did not get me very excited since it came out of a love triangle in Little Women. So, the parallel made me cringe at times. But I think I ended up liking Ror and Toby together,but it took until the END(and I'm still not sure, just
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was a wonderful second edition to the first Bookish Boyfriends. I like how it started only a few days after the first book. I love love love this series and I especially loved this book. It was heart aching and made your eyes well up as Rory tried to hide her love for Toby but failing, and just waiting and watching for the two of them to be more than friends. After reading this book, I couldn't stop thinking about the story and characters for the whole day. I love how this series incor ...more
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was adorable and delightful! I loved all the literary references. Such a fun way to introduce teens to classic literature. I can’t wait for book three!
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
oh toby...toby, toby, toby

Anna Aurora
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved it so much!
4/5 stars
What are some of your favorite reads from 2019? One of mine is definitely BOY NEXT STORY by Tiffany Schmidt! I feel head over heels when I read this book back in January - even though it made me cry in public!! Which I totally wasn’t expecting but this is just how much this book made me feel!! 💖

BOY NEXT STORY is the story of Rory, younger sibling to Merri who we meet in A DATE WITH DARCY. The two books can be read as standalone but I do highly recommend reading in order to fully understand this
If you're looking for something light and romantic, with a look at the power of sisterhood, this series should be a go-to. You don't need to read them in order, and I think I liked this one a little bit more than I liked A Date with Darcy. Loosely based on LITTLE WOMEN, this story follows youngest sister Rory as she figures out how to find her voice, how to speak up and be open to other people, and how to get the boy next door -- who is an adopted Latino boy with divorced parents -- to fall in l ...more
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
A sweet, funny, and swoon-worthy modern day retelling of Little Women. TBNS has all of the things I love about the original: family, sisters, first-loves, broken hearts, and a HEA. Perfect for upper MG and younger YA readers.

Thank you to the publisher for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Super cute like the first one, FRTC.
**Note: I was gifted this book by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. Full details of the book's blog tour can be found on my blog: **

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

My Review:
Hello! I am so excited to be participating in my first ever Fantastic Flying Book Club book tour, for this amazing book, which is the second in the Bookish Boyfriend series by Tiffany Schmidt. I am new to Schmidt’s writing, but I can tell you enthusiastically that this wil
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Title: Bookish Boyfriends: The Boy Next Story
Author: Tiffany Schmidt
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Romance
Series: Bookish Boyfriends, book two
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

I borrowed this book from my local library and reviewed it.

A Date with Darcy, the first book in the Bookish Boyfriends series, was one of my favorite books of last year, so when I found The Boy Next Story sitting on a shelf in the new book section, I took it home. It’s been sitting on the top of my sta
Stacy Fetters
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Avoiding the things you're afraid of doesn't make them go away. I want you to remember that. When you keep them locked inside they have power, but when you confront them, you give yourself the power to fix them and let go."

I've been desperately waiting for this book right after I finished the first one. They just brighten your day and put you in a better mood. Plus, they have inspired me to start reading classic books. No one or thing has been successful in leading me that way except these book
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Boy Next Story is the second book in the Bookish Boyfriends series. The premise of these books is the main character (usually a female and somehow connected to the main character in the previous story) is set a book to read by the 'magical' English teacher for extra credit and they soon find that their lives follow the path of the character in the novel they are reading.

These books are honestly a lot of fun and feature a swoon-worthy romance that will have you adding another bookish boyfrien
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
4/5 stars

I absolutely LOVED the first book in this series, A Date With Darcy, but this one took me awhile to get on board with. It started out rather slowly, and I think because the MC's voice and personality was so different from Merri's in the previous novel, it made it harder to identify with Rory than I did with Merri. Also, for me, Merri was more relatable in many ways.

While I believe I do prefer the first novel to this sequel, I still ended up enjoying this one a lot. Rory rather grew on
This novel, like the previous one, conflates Fitzgerald’s most famous novel with that of Alcott’s. Merrilee thought of herself as the overlooked middle sister; the youngest daughter, Aurora Campbell, doesn’t see it that way.

Merrilee had looked upon her tall, slender, beautiful sister Lilly as she got married to a senator’s son, the admirable if boring Trent. Lilly is not just a pretty face. She’s also on the way to becoming a brilliant lawyer. Aurora (called Rory) is a gifted sketcher and painte
Kate Waggoner
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-read
@KidLitExchange #partner

Thank you to the @KidLitExchange network and the publisher for the advance copy. All opinions are my own.

Fourteen-year-old Aurora (aka Rory or Roar) has been in love with the boy next door ever since their first kiss in the sandbox. The boy next door (Toby), however, seems to only have eyes for her sister, Merri, who is dating his best friend. In her freshman year at Hero High, Aurora not only has to deal with her unrequited crush, but also classmates who are jealous of
E.M.  Seanor
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was such. A. Cute. Book. Also, thank you to GoodReads for sending me an ARC to review.

Seriously, there was nothing wrong with this book. I adored the story from beginning to end, and it makes me want to go back and read the first book and just start the series all over again. I highly recommend it to anyone who’s looking for just something sweet to read.

I was blown away by how much I identified with Rory. I wasn’t expecting to, especially since she’s an introvert and I’m not. But I saw myse
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Tiffany Schmidt is the author of Send Me a Sign, Bright Before Sunrise, and Hold Me Like a Breath (Once Upon a Crime Family book 1).

She’s found her happily ever after in Pennsylvania with her saintly husband, impish twin boys, and a pair of mischievous puggles.

You can find out more about her and her books at:, or by following her on Twitter @Tif

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