Blog Tour: The Boy Next Story by Tiffany Schmidt

Blog Tour: The Boy Next Story by Tiffany SchmidtThe Boy Next Story by Tiffany Schmidt
Series: Bookish Boyfriends #2
Published by Amulet Paperbacks
Published: May 21, 2019
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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.

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 most Tiffany book I have ever read! I know that sounds weird to say and if you have never met her you may not understand, but I could feel her and her love for writing and teaching and the classic novels in every turn of the page. Honestly, I couldn’t have loved this book more if I tried and that is because I could tell how much Tiffany loved crafting it.

The Boy Next Story is Rory’s story. The youngest of the Campbell girls, Rory has always had trouble finding her place. She is the artistic one, the forgotten one, the one that feels like the extra. Now at a new school, she is having even more trouble. Between her failing math grade to being blatantly disliked in her once favorite class, art, Rory is having a hard time. And her crush on her neighbor, Toby isn’t helping since he is still head over heels for her sister, Merrilee. All Rory wants is to be seen and to be herself. Now she just needs to figure out how to do that…and manage not to flunk out of Hero High. Good thing her English teacher is some kind of magic.

I have loved Rory since the first time she was introduced in A Date with Darcy. There was something about her that connected with me and I think that is what also made her book so much more special to read.  I 100% loved everything about this book. I loved Rory and her sisters and her group of friends. I love her relationship with Toby and with her art. I loved how lost she felt and alone and how that made her a better person when she grew and learned from all of it. And I loved how, as a reader, I got to watch her grow and develop into the fantastic person that she is.

I say this all the time, but reviewing a book you love is so hard to do. My love for The Boy Next Story is difficult to put into the appropriate words. I loved it so much and I feel like that isn’t enough to say. I feel like I’m doing this amazing book a disservice by only saying that, but honestly that I all I have. That and I need you to go out and buy a copy and fall in love with Rory and Toby and all the others like I did.

 

About Tiffany Schmidt

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: TiffanySchmidt.com, TiffanySchmidtWrites.Tumblr.com or by following her on Twitter @TiffanySchmidt.

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A Dream Within A Dream – Book Excerpt
Musings of a (Book) Girl – Review + Favourite Quotes

May 23rd

Andi’s ABCs – Review
The Caffeinated Reader – Review + Playlist
Savings in Seconds – Review

May 24th

Struck by Stories – Character Outfit
Justicereads – Review + Favourite Quotes

May 25th

Ohana Cascadia – Review + Favourite Quotes
BookCrushin – Review

May 26th

Kait Plus Books – Top 10 List
R E A (D) I V I N E – Review + Favourite Quotes

May 27th

Wanderer in Neverland – Review + Dream Cast

 

 

 

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Review: A Date with Darcy – Tiffany Schmidt {giveaway}

Review: A Date with Darcy – Tiffany Schmidt {giveaway}A Date with Darcy by Tiffany Schmidt
Series: Bookish Boyfriends #1
Published by Amulet Paperbacks
Published: May 1, 2018
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Boys are so much better in books. At least according to Merrilee Campbell, fifteen, who thinks real-life chivalry is dead and there’d be nothing more romantic than having a guy woo her like the heroes in classic stories. Then she, her best friend, Eliza, and her younger sister, Rory, transfer to Reginald R. Hero Prep—where all the boys look like they've stepped off the pages of a romance novel. Merri can hardly walk across the quad without running into someone who reminds her of Romeo.

When the brooding and complicated Monroe Stratford scales Merri’s trellis in an effort to make her his, she thinks she might be Juliet incarnate. But as she works her way through her literature curriculum under the guidance of an enigmatic teacher, Merri’s tale begins to unfold in ways she couldn’t have imagined. Merri soon realizes that only she is in charge of her story. And it is a truth universally acknowledged that first impressions can be deceiving . . .

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.

I’m going to start by saying 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. It felt like she was reading the book too me instead of me reading it and it was perfect. I don’t even know how to describe just how perfect it was.

Bookish Boyfriends is the story of Merrilee, a new transfer student (along with her BFF, Eliza and sister, Rory), to Hero High. Having been in all girl school Merri is ready to go to a co-ed school and live out the fantasies she has been reading in books for years. She is ready to hold a breath she didn’t know she was holding, swoon, have her heart skip a beat. She wants it all. But when Merri finds some of her book fantasies actually coming true and things just aren’t as she thought they would be she starts to wonder if life is really better in books.

What I loved most about Merrilee is she is basically every book nerd that has ever lived. She lives with her nose in a book, believes in the magic and power and storytelling of books, and believes that boys in books are just better than real life. She is a dreamer. She felt like a piece of me so she was easily relatable. But she was also a mess and ALWAYS getting herself in trouble because she lead with that dreamer heart and seemed to miss everything that was right in front of her, especially the most perfect guy for her.

Other things I loved (not including the awkwardly, perfect guy)? Merri’s sisters, Rory and Lilly, and her best friend Eliza. These ladies were the perfect counterpart to Merri’s crazy. The 4 of them together, although not in scenes altogether, brought out the best in Merri because they were all so different from her. They were a great supporting cast. They loved her for who she was, dreamer and all, even if they didn’t 100% agree with her.

Sorry if this review is all over the place. When I love a book I have trouble finding the right words. What I will leave you with is that I’m not a fan of Austen books and Pride & Prejudice is a part of this story. But I am a fan of Tiffany and Bookish Boyfriends and I’ll take her version of Darcy ANY DAY! Just make sure this is on your TBR. You won’t be sorry.

Now give me book 2!!!!!!!!!!

Abrams has kindly offered to giveaway a copy of Bookish Boyfriends to a reader of Andi’s ABCs. Giveaway is US only and will end at 11:59EST on May 7, 2018.

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The ABCs with Penelope Landlow from Hold Me Like a Breath

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Welcome to the ABCs, Character Edition.   Weekly this feature has always been a place for bloggers, readers, publicists and authors to show off there ABCs. Well Now the ABCs are also opened for authors to show off the ABCs for their main characters. You can still sign-up to post your own picks HERE or if you have a main character that wants to get in on the fun, sign-up HERE.

Today we have Penelope Landlow from Tiffany Schmidt‘s book Hold Me Like a Breath sharing with us the accessories, books and clothes she is lusting after.

Let’s give a warm ABCers welcome to Penelope to the ABCs, (and Tiffany)!

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Accessory: Rose Gold Tone Dorothy Medical Cuff
Early in Hold Me Like a Breath Penny throws away the medical alert bracelet that contains the information about her platelet disorder. She compares it to a shackle and feels like it represents all the reasons her family never takes her seriously. In a way, she’s right. Her family is incredibly overprotective and uses her diagnosis as an excuse to keep her safely on the sidelines and far away from their dangerous crime family dealings.

As Penny learns to stand on her own, she realizes that while she’s so much more than her autoimmune disorder and capable of so much more than her family allowed, it is also a part of who she is, and ignoring her symptoms is downright dangerous. Penny buying a new bracelet would be a statement of maturity, autonomy, and responsibility—but she’d also pick one that suits her taste. This stylish cuff would be the perfect choice for her.

Book: Stories from Hans Christian Anderson
One of Penny’s most treasured possessions in an anthology of fairy tales that her family used to read to her when she was younger. This version is illustrated by Edmund Dulac and has some of the most beautiful pictures—including my favorite Princess and the Pea painting:

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Clothing: Vineyard Vines Eyelet Ruffle Shift Dress
Penny is the daughter of one of the three US families that controls the black market for trafficking human organs. She’s had a posh upbringing on her family’s estate, but because of an autoimmune disorder that causes her to bruise easily, she’s rarely allowed beyond the gates that surround the property. Penny is a fan of lighter colors and delicate prints. And nothing in any shade on the bruise spectrum. This white eyelet Vineyard Vines dress is something she’d adore.

 

The ABCs with Penelope Landlow from Hold Me Like a BreathHold Me Like a Breath (Once Upon a Crime Family, #1) by Tiffany Schmidt
Series: Once Upon a Crime Family
Published by Bloomsbury
Published: May 19th 2015
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Penelope Landlow has grown up with the knowledge that almost anything can be bought or sold—including body parts. She’s the daughter of one of the three crime families that control the black market for organ transplants.Penelope’s surrounded by all the suffocating privilege and protection her family can provide, but they can't protect her from the autoimmune disorder that causes her to bruise so easily.And in her family's line of work no one can be safe forever.All Penelope has ever wanted is freedom and independence. But when she’s caught in the crossfire as rival families scramble for prominence, she learns that her wishes come with casualties, that betrayal hurts worse than bruises, that love is a risk worth taking . . . and maybe she’s not as fragile as everyone thinks.

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Thanks Penny (and Tiffany) for playing!

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Review: Bright Before Sunrise – Tiffany Schmidt

Review: Bright Before Sunrise – Tiffany SchmidtBright Before Sunrise by Tiffany Schmidt
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Published: February 18th 2014
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When Jonah is forced to move from Hamilton to Cross Pointe for the second half of his senior year, "miserable" doesn't even begin to cover it. He feels like the doggy-bag from his mother's first marriage and everything else about her new life—with a new husband, new home and a new baby—is an upgrade. The people at Cross Pointe High School are pretentious and privileged—and worst of all is Brighton Waterford, the embodiment of all things superficial and popular. Jonah’s girlfriend, Carly, is his last tie to what feels real... until she breaks up with him.

For Brighton, every day is a gauntlet of demands and expectations. Since her father died, she’s relied on one coping method: smile big and pretend to be fine. It may have kept her family together, but she has no clue how to handle how she's really feeling. Today is the anniversary of his death and cracks are beginning to show. The last thing she needs is the new kid telling her how much he dislikes her for no reason she can understand. She's determined to change his mind, and when they're stuck together for the night, she finally gets her chance.

Jonah hates her at 3p.m., but how will he feel at 3 a.m.?

One night can change how you see the world. One night can change how you see yourself.

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Well if I didn’t love Tiffany Schmidt before I do now after reading Bright Before Sunrise. Seriously, is there a way to give more than 5 out of 5 stars??? Because really, this book deserves it if there is. It was clever and fun and honest. It truly was a pleasure to read every word and I hated that it ended so soon because it was fantastic!

Bright Before Sunrise is the story of Brighton and Jonah(love the names by the way!), two teenagers that have nothing in common except they go to the same school. Brighton is peppy and into school spirit, at least on the outside, while Jonah is angry at a lot of things, especially having to more to a new house and school in the second half of his senior year. When circumstances force these two to spend a night together things go from bad to worse, from up to down, from hate to the possibility of love. For two people that thought they had nothing in common, in the course of one night, realize there is more to the other than they ever thought and find out there may just be more to themselves as well.

Do you know what I loved about this book, well besides that fact that it was written by Tiffany Schmidt? I loved that we got two totally different voices from totally different characters. I know, I know, there are a ton of books out there that have dual POVs, I haven’t been living under a rock. I’ve read a bunch myself. But what I liked the best about it is Bright Before Sunrise is although it is a book written by one author it could have easily been two based on the characters(if that makes any sense). Basically Schmidt gave us a wide range of her writing prowess by making Jonah and Brighton so opposite each other that they may have been on different scales. And the fun part about it, they were both putting on a front which then made them more a like then you could imagine.

The other great part of this book was the chemistry between Brighton and Jonah even when Jonah was being surly to her and she was putting on her happy face. Beneath their initial reactions to each other there was a connection even in their differences. You could feel the draw they had to each other leap off the pages even when they were trying to pretend it wasn’t there. Between the banter and the confusion of what they really felt, there was a deep connection that was shown seamlessly in their actions. Was Jonah a jerk and Bright fake at times? Absolutely. But for some inexplicable reason they had each other’s backs no matter what. Watching these two change from the beginning of the book to the end was really a great thing to see unfold.

I know, this review probably doesn’t make a lick of sense, but I had so many feels(all amazing) about this story that it is hard to get my thoughts and emotions down on paper. It was flawlessly written, had strong characters with a great story, and had some nice moments of teenage uncertainty mixed in. Basically all you need to know is that Bright Before Sunrise is a must read so get on that!

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Tiffany is doing a different kind of blog tour for this book and I’ve participated on my newly formed Tumblr account. Check out it out here! And follow me if you feel like it. I’m still new to it, but I’m getting there.

 

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