The Boy Next Story
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.
Of course, complications ensue, and Rory finds herself in the midst of friendships with Huck from her art class, along with Toby, who begins to tutor her when she needs help in math. She also deals with her sisters and trouble at school when, as one of the only freshmen in her art class, her classmates don't take well to her talent.
For those who enjoy symbolism and finding truth in unlikely places, this book will resonate with you. It captures Rory's trepidation about how much she likes Toby, yet doesn't know what to do about it, and it focuses on more than just her crush by showing her friendships and relationships with her sisters and others. It is a bit lengthy for those who like a quicker read, but the story doesn't go off course. For those who haven't read the first one in the series, this installment can certainly be read as a standalone.