Author: Jenn Bennett
Published by: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: April 4, 2017
In this delightfully charming teen spin on You’ve Got Mail, the one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.
Classic movie buff Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online by “Alex.” Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.
Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new arch-nemesis. But life is whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever-it-is she’s starting to feel for Porter.
And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately.
I’ve mostly moved on from YA contemporary. Even authors I once loved have lost some appeal. However, Jenn Bennett does something magical with her books that puts them in a whole other category. And Alex, Approximately showcases that magic.
♥ The setup could’ve easily been a corny disaster, but it’s done very well and realistic.
♥ I’m absolutely smitten with Bailey and her style! I had some reservations about her for about five seconds, but they quickly flew out the window. She has an adorable awkwardness about her, but she still comes across as confident and feisty.
♥ Bennett sure knows how to write wonderful characters of the male species. Porter is the type of guy you hope your daughter dates. He can be an ass sometimes, but it’s the lovable humorous kind that’s all in good fun. I mean, c’mon, a surfer boy who loves his family and would do anything for them is aces in my book.
♥ The romance is so stinking cute and downright swoon-worthy. There were two moments that melted my damn heart the most: the bee ride and when they were by her mailbox. Seriously, the chemistry is perfection. I seriously had a smile on my face the majority of the time. The banter and humor made it even better!
♥ I love how family plays a big role in this book. I also love the friendship Bailey forms with Grace.
♥ Classic movies play a huge role in the story, and I can’t even tell you how giddy it made me! I’ve had a serious love for classic movies since I was a child, even silent films. So I was ecstatic with how much they played in the characters’ lives, especially Bailey’s.
♥ California beach town, baby! I become ten times more invested when the book is set in CA, especially places I have a connection to. The town name in the book is fictional, but think Santa Cruz.
There’s really so much to love about this book!