Review by Booklist Review
Freshman Aurora Rory Campbell is a talented artist with uninspiring grades and an unrequited crush on Toby, the boy next door. She's convinced he doesn't notice her because he's mooning over her sister Merrilee, the sophomore dynamo from Bookish Boyfriends: A Date with Darcy (2018). Though Toby's nice to her, Rory ultimately feels ignored by him and her older sisters. When Rory's lit class reads The Great Gatsby, she is put off by Gatsby's overt pining for Daisy and just can't make connections to the novel. Once again, wise Ms. Gregoire works her teacherly magic by assigning Little Women as extra credit, both to help Rory's sagging grades and to assist her with indispensable introspection. Rory is a lively, relatable narrator who suffers from low self-esteem. Yet, the art that fills her soul transports her to her own creative zone. This light rom-com holds heartbreak, surprises, and significant Campbell family dynamics that will hit home with many teens. Happily, hints dropped indicate that this is not the last of the series.--Jeanne Fredriksen Copyright 2019 Booklist
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Review by Kirkus Book Review
The Campbell girls' (mis)adventures at Hero High pick up without missing a beat in this follow-up to Bookish Boyfriends (2018).Merri has adjusted to high school and is now dating Fielding, the headmaster's son. She's also assisting older sister Lilly with her upcoming nuptials. Meanwhile youngest sister Rory is feeling like the odd-man out. Rory's sophomore mentor, Toby, who is supposed to help her acclimate to the school, is so smitten with Merri that he does not always seem to remember Rory; Toby certainly doesn't notice that Rory has fallen for him. Merri and Lilly leave Rory out of wedding planning, and ordinarily, Rory would escape into her art, but upperclassmen jealous of her talent are deliberately sabotaging her work. What's a girl to do? If English teacher Ms. Gregoire has anything to say about it, Rory will take a page from a classic. If The Great Gatsby, with its pining protagonist, doesn't suit her, then how about Little Women? Told in the first-person, Rory takes cues from literature, attaining great insights about her self-worth and expectations for love. The love focus is so exclusive that secondary characters and plotlines fall into the background, including the possibility of a life-changing opportunity to study with an illustrious New York City artist. The Campbells are white, Toby is Latinx, and ethnicity is difficult to determine for other characters.Even if one-note, Rory's story will still ring a chord with die-hard romantics. (Fiction. 12-15) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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