TITLE: Alex, Approximately
BY: Jenn Bennett
GENRE: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
PUBLICATION: April 4th 2017 by Simon Pulse
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 security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new archnemesis. But life is a 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 enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. Mainly because I usually lower my expectation whenever I’m reading a YA contemporary (It’s better that way)… But this book had been recommended to me by couple of blogger friends whose opinions I trust so I think I need to try it already.
My Trust to those blogger friends is intact…
I love the book. Yeah, the plot was a little cliche, and I even read reviews saying that it’s a retelling of a movie called, ‘You’ve got Mail’. I haven’t watched that movie, by the way. There are only few tropes I still love even if they’re done million times already and one of them is what’s with Mink and Alex have. I love romances that starts with the couple having no idea about each other’s real names and appearances. (Love, Simon everyone?) I don’t know, maybe I love the mystery though it’s not a mystery to me as a reader but still. It’s amazing to see two people fall in love with each other no matter how much they tried not to because they’re thinking they were already committed with others. You know what I mean. Yeah of course you do.
Okay I’m hating this review.
As characters, I love Mink and Alex or Bailey and Porter. They’re dorks, of course I love them. But other than that, I find the portrayal of Mink very realistic. The story is told in her POV and her voice is very teen-ish. I got to hear her thoughts about her actions and that’s exactly I think a teenager would think and act. She’s not normal, yes, but her character isn’t trying to be mature or childish. And Porter. Aaaah.. he’s someone I would be crushing to if I’m at his age. He’s bad but he’s swoony. I love him.
Aaaaand Mink’s dad. Love him a lot. Seriously. He’s the coolest yet responsible dad ever. And I like it that the PARENTS IN THIS NOVEL ARE PRESENT which other YAs forgot to do. 🙂 🙂
I kinda don’t like this review. I’m half-keen doing this. Though everything I said about the book is true for me, I always find it hard to review a book a week after reading them. Anyways, hope you like it.
Have you read this book? Are you planning to read this book? Any books similar to this that you guys can maybe recommend to me?