Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Posted April 11, 2017 | 31 Comments

Alex, Approximately by Jenn BennettAlex, Approximately
Author: Jenn Bennett
Published by: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: April 4, 2017
Format: eARC
Pages: 320
Source: Publisher

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!


31 responses to “Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

  1. This sounds yummy.. I love a story that captures the importance of family and friendship really well, other than the romance itself. And I love a great hero.. oh come on who doesnt? 😉
    I’ll check this out. Awesome review, Christy, as always. ???

    • Christy

      The setting is real. She basically set it in Santa Cruz but changed the name and added a couple of things. I used to love going to the Boardwalk when I was younger. It isn’t my favorite beach town, but I love the area. We go camping just south of there.

    • Christy

      Hold up! You didn’t read this? Did you read The Anatomical Shape of a Heart? Holy crap, Ali! Read them both if you haven’t. You will not regret it.

  2. I haven’t read my copy yet but totally planning on reading this weekend. I’m losing patience with some of the YA contemporary romance I’ve been reading lately as well, so I might be heading to the same conclusion. Jenn Bennett, however…

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  3. I`m not the biggest fan of YA contemporary either, as it gets too repetitive in terms of plot and tropes. I do love You’ve Got Mail and this sounds like a great book. I`ve never read anything by this author before, but now I`m curious to check out her writing style.

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  4. I’m going to be reading this book soon because I’ve heard such great things and it seems like a really cute and light read! Thanks for this awesome review! <3 Also the cover is so pretty!

  5. California beach town plus classic movies plus cute romance even has me interested lol. And the cover looks festive and keeps catching my eye. I might have to get this one!

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  6. Can I tell you how happy I am this is soooo good? You’ve got Mail is one of my favourite movies so this speaks to me sooo much! And I am so behind the cutesy of this because when that is done right? OIt works sooo well! TY for a review that just made me smile so much!

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