The Boy Next Story
(Bookish Boyfriends #2) by Tiffany Schmidt (Goodreads Author)
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.
I think I actually did originally receive this as a digital ARC earlier this year, but I didn’t have an e-reader that was compatible with PDF files yet so I had to say thanks but no thanks back then. And I’m super sad that I had to do that now because The Boy Next Story by Tiffany Schmidt was such a cute read.
I am glad at the same time I was able to buy the ebook and just read it in the format I wanted to read in.
The Boy Next Story was about Merri’s little sister, Aurora, who goes by Rory. Rory has basically been in love with Toby forever, but she always thought of Toby as Merri’s even though Merri is now dating Fielding. Toby did like Merri for the longest time, so it was a complicated Shakespeare type of drama going on.
I actually couldn’t get into this book at first because my freshmen year of high school was AGES ago and I almost didn’t read this book a second time but I did and I am glad I did because Toby became one of my favorite characters ever. I just absolutely loved him, even when he was just being oblivious about stuff basically. My heart just went out to him about his family situation and I just really loved him. I really loved the fact that he was best friends with Rory too, that whole plot was just adorable. And I just loved him in the ending.
I think I ended up liking this story more than the first book, which I didn’t think was possible. Maybe it’s a younger sister thing because I’m the youngest too.
The Boy Next Story was a five star read because it had me smiling the whole way through, even on lunch breaks at work. I had to hide my grins when people were walking by because it’s kind of weird to be alone in a break room and just smiling at the e-reader because it’s just words on the screen…. but they were just grin worthy words, so anybody that gave the book a chance would understand, I hope. I loved the characters and the story line and how identifiable the characters were. I can’t wait to see what is next by this author!
What do you think? Do you like the enemies to lover trope or the best friend to lovers trope? I love both of them with all my heart. ❤