Bookish Boyfriends by Tiffany Schmidt
Date read: 1st February 2018 – 2nd February 2018
Page count: 392
Genre: Young Adult contemporary
Format: Kindle Edition (arc from NetGalley)
I received this arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
From a Jane Austen retelling to a book that completely flips the retelling genre on its head. I’m not reading very diversely in February, as it seems (although I’m not complaining, as I’ve loved both books).
Have you ever daydreamed about a handsome boy/girl from a book coming to romance you with their extravagant gestures and over the top declarations of love? Have you ever wished for a romance that goes beyond the boundaries of reality, and transcends into the realm of fiction? Have you ever wanted your own Mr Darcy, your own Romeo, your own Katniss Everdeen (is that last one just me…? Okay…)?
I guess what you’re expecting, from my rhetorically driven list above, is that this is a book about a girl that falls in love with a guy from a book. And you would be correct. However, Tiffany Schmidt chooses to put an entirely different spin on what you would expect from a book with that kind of plot.
Merrilee is a normal sixteen-year-old girl, with a passion for reading, a best friend, and a new school to settle into. Hero High, at first glance, seems to be exactly the kind of high school comprehensive you’d expect from an American town. Except, fiction comes alive for Merrilee, the moment she steps inside.
And, of course, she falls in love. She finds her Romeo in Monroe, a mysterious and romantic boy who wants nothing more than to make her happy. But as things start to go sour for them, the ultimate question comes out: is Romeo actually the perfect boyfriend, or is he too good to be true?
I loved this book. I honestly cannot describe how much. I’ve read books like this before, of course, but the clever transition between the initial story Merrilee lives out and the second is impeccable and works so so well, that I actually found myself squealing at certain points in the book. The romance is adorable, and the message the book gave was one of the best I’ve read in YA fiction for a while.
Of course, I could also definitely relate to the protagonist. When I was sixteen (and even now) I used to spend most of my free time thinking about fictional boys and girls, so everything in this book was super relatable. Which probably contributed to why I loved it so much, honestly!
Overall, I gave this book five stars – so it hit that top tier of amazing for me. If you’re a reader, and a daydreamer, then I can’t recommend this to you more.