Classic movie fan Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online as 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 guard, Porter Roth-a.k.a her new archnemesis. But life is a whole lot messier than in the movies, especially when Bailey discovers those tricky fine lines dividing 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.
After hearing nothing but rave reviews for any book that Jenn Bennett writes, I knew I needed to give her books a try. So seeing some of them on BookOutlet, I snapped them up without hesitation. Alex, Approximately is the first one of her books that I’ve picked up from the ones that I bought. It’s a favorite of one of my favorite bookish people, Jess, check out her blog here and her BookTube here.
“Sometimes you have to endure painful things to realize that you’re a whole lot stronger than you think.”
I read this story in one sitting. I was pulled into the story by these characters and they wouldn’t let me go until I hit the last page. I had so much fun reading this book. It was fun and lighthearted and entertaining. There was love to hate romance which I’m always here for. There was just the right amount of cheesy parts, and also just the right amount of serious parts. I want to mention here that I did not read the synopsis before reading this book, so I didn’t know that Porter was Alex going into it. I’m a little upset that the synopsis just drops this tidbit at all. I think the guessing game was one of the best parts. I totally guessed the Porter was Alex about 1/3 of the way into the story, but it wasn’t confirmed until way later in the story.
“It’s hard to think about next week when you’re not sure if you’ll even made it through today.”
I totally loved the characters. I loved their movie obsessions. I loved their sassiness. I loved the friendships that Bailey made with Grace. I loved the love to hate with Porter. I especially loved Bailey’s relationship with her dad. I have a similar relationship with my dad and I really loved seeing it portrayed in this book. On the other side of this, Bailey’s relationship with her mother upset me. I think this was because I can relate to that too. I had a mostly absent mother, so I understand the complex relationship, the disappointment, all of the feelings that come with this dynamic. I think my only complaint is that we didn’t really see any sort of resolution with this or really any sort of explanation aside from her mother being upset that Bailey moved to live with her dad. I didn’t like this because her mother is acting like a child and that made me mad probably because of my own personal experiences.
“We spend our lives trying to find other poeple. Sometimes we get confused and turned around by the distractions.”
Overall, I enjoyed this story. Binge reading it was so fun. It was entertaining and interesting and had all the right amounts of everything I love in a book.
Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.
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