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The Boy Next Story

(Bookish Boyfriends #2)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  749 ratings  ·  136 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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Kelly She's a freshman in high school!…moreShe's a freshman in high school!(less)
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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Claude's Bookzone
Jan 11, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

CW: eating disorder mentioned

Well that was a successful modern YA reimagining of a much loved novel.

As I mentioned in my review of book 1, I hope young adults will feel inspired to read some of the classics referenced in this series. I actually enjoyed the characters more in this book. Aurora was initially quite vulnerable and unsure of herself, so her growth and transformation by the end was a more satisfying journey to read about. The central character is younger and the author did a
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

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

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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
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
oh toby...toby, toby, toby

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: arcs, romance, ya
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
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book so much more than the first one because the narration wasn’t annoying and the story was about the underdog. I enjoyed the Little Women comparisons and how Rory gets her happy ending even though she’s only 15. That’s still a little trippy for me.
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!
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
Katie Hurse
Apr 28, 2019 rated it liked it
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Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
This series is so much fun, and I cannot wait for the next installment.
I loved Rory, and could empathize with her on so many levels (even though I'm an oldest sib). Merri was a bit much to handle at times, which I didn't remember from the first one, but maybe it's a POV thing - this wasn't Merri's story, it was Rory's. So it was Rory's world and perspective. And I thoroughly enjoyed the story. I will confess I wasn't immediately on the (view spoiler)
Alex Criddle
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book so much more than the first in the series! I’m not sure if it’s because I read this one instead of listening to the audiobook, or because I related more to Rory’s personality, but this story really spoke to me. The characters were awesome. I especially loved Huck, what a sweetie. The writing was exceptional, and the themes were beautiful and relatable. I wish I had a teacher like Ms. Gregoire who sees potential and challenges her students to see themselves in ways they haven’ ...more
Ms. Yingling
Mar 30, 2019 rated it liked it
ARC from Kidlitcon

I enjoyed this one, and it's okay for middle school readers, but my students are not huge fans of Mr. Darcy (the first book centers on that character), and the book is almost 450 pages long and has tiny font. Debating if I have readers who will pick it up.

Great for readers of Frederick's Mother-Daughter book club who have gone on to high school.
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.
I adored this story of sisterhood, based loosely on The Great Gatsby and Little Women. I rooted for the main character and felt her pain through the pages when she struggled. The family dynamics and drama were so authentic and relatable. I would hand this to any teen who wants an epic story of sisterhood and romance with some laugh-out-loud moments sprinkled throughout!
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
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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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