Today we're excited to spotlight Bookish Boyfriends: A Date With Darcy by Tiffany Schmidt! Read on for more about Tiffany and her book, plus a guest post & giveaway!
Meet Tiffany Schmidt!
Tiffany Schmidt grew up in Massachusetts, where she split her childhood between the library and the time out chair. She is the author of several popular young adult novels, including Send Me a Sign, Bright Before Sunrise, and the Once Upon a Crime Family series. A former sixth grade teacher, she lives in Pennsylvania with her impish twin sons, their rascally baby brother, a pair of spoiled puggles, and her very saintly husband. Find her online at TiffanySchmidt.com, or on Twitter and Instagram @TiffanySchmidt.
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 . . .
My Book Boyfriends (and one rat)
One of my biggest disappointments with growing up is that reality is just so... real. I was devastated to learn that no matter how hard I wished, or how often I re-read, there was no way to make my favorite book characters come to life.
Since I couldn’t make that magic happen for myself, I’ve given that experience to the characters in my newest series: Bookish Boyfriends. In the first novel, Bookish Boyfriends: A Date with Darcy, the main character, book addict Merrilee, gets to discover if the classic heroes from her favorite novels are actually as swoony as they seem...
In honor of that, I’m sharing some favorite character crushes from my childhood.*
Justin – Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH . I totally admit that this one is also influenced by the animated movie The Secret of NIMH. I’m not normally one for rodents, but man was Justin a heroic and swoony rat! He made my grade school heart pitter patter. And the ambiguity about his fate in the ending just made him all the more romantic. I think I still have this on VHS somewhere, now I just need to find a VCR to watch it...
Calvin O’Keefe from Wrinkle in Time. This is the first book I remember reading that made me blush and tingle. It’s also the reason I still want glasses. When I read Calvin telling Meg that she has ‘dreamboat eyes’ behind her glasses, I immediately started faking vision problems until my mom gave in and took me to the eye doctor. (Never let it be said that I’m not committed or dramatic.) Sadly my vision is still 20/20 and I’ve never had an inter-planetary rescue mission that ended with a nerdy boy kiss.
Jesse Tuck from Tuck Everlasting – JUST DRINK THE WATER, WINNIE FOSTER. (Hey, near-immortality seemed to work out fine for the Cullens and Co.)
Dickon Sowerby from The Secret Garden – I loved this book, but Frances Hodgson Burnett totally messed up by not adding an epilogue where Mary grew up and married Dickon. We will not even speak of how the Hallmark movie changed the ending.
Laurie from Little Women – I love a good nickname. (See also: Gilbert Blythe) and Theodore Laurence gets two: Laurie and Teddy. I hold the VERY controversial opinion that Laurie ended up with the correct sister. Not saying I like Professor Bhaer (gag), but I totally doodled Laurie + Amy on my elementary school notebooks.
Logan Bruno from The Babysitters’ Club. I had shelves full of these books, but the only ones I re-read were ones where Logan had a larger role. Blond haired, blue- eyed boy with a Southern accent and a soft spot for brunette bookworms? Sign me up.
Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables– I may be geographically biased since I spent my preteen summers on Prince Edward Island, (sadly, never finding a Gilbert of my own among the red clay roads) but the hate to love arc across this series is perfection. I would let him call me ‘carrots’ any day—I’d even dye my hair red (or accidentally green) if necessary.
Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice – (I decided to limit myself to one book per author, but mentally insert the rest of Austen’s hero collective here!) You know the saying, ‘A penny for your thoughts’? I’d spend a fortune to climb around in Fitzwilliam Darcy’s brain. I’d love to see his inner turmoil as he struggled in vain to repress his feeling for Lizzy Bennet.
So how did a childhood full of this eclectic and romantic group impact my take on a what true hero looks like? You’ll have to read Bookish Boyfriends to find out!
*I should mention that I haven’t re-read some of the books from my childhood—I’m not sure if they hold up, or even if I’m remembering them correctly. But in little Tiffany’s mind, they were SO SWOONY!
Bookish Boyfriends: A Date With Darcy
By: Tiffany Schmidt
Release Date: May 1, 2018
Five winners will receive a copy of Bookish Boyfriends: A Date With Darcy (US only).