Alex Approximately by Jenn Bennett – Book Review

Title: Alex Approximately

Author: Jenn Bennett

Genre/Themes: Young Adult, Cute Romance, Secret Identities

Blurb from Goodreads

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 realises, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately.

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.

My Review

First up. This isn’t as accurate a YA retelling of the awesomeness that is the film You’ve Got Mail as I was led to believe!

I know. SADNESS! It’s certainly inspired by it yes, but it’s so very different so I had to give up the idea that this was going to be the YA version of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan with bouquets of sharpened pencils… I mean I’d probably have been annoyed if it was a direct copy of the film so I think I’ll give props to Jenn Bennett for taking the idea of You’ve Got Mail and freshening it up

And this book, Alex Approximately, really manages to be so very, very adorable in its own way so YAY!

Honestly I feel like I just read a book about puppies and unicorns and sunshine and lollipops!!!!! It was sugary sweet, light as air, fluffy as a kitten.. I loved it.

I mean I might need get to the dentist to check for cavities after reading all that unadulterated sugary goodness BUT IT WILL BE WORTH MY WHILE!

I really liked Bailey as a main character. I thought she was very relatable and was nicely crafted by Bennett. I liked how she had lots of flaws, especially re her own avoidance of things that scared her emotionally. And her relationship with her dad was great. Jenn Bennett is so good at including parental figures in her books which I really like. There’s nothing worse than a cute, contemporary YA novel having conveniently absent parents or guardians because last time I checked, the majority of teenagers live with their parents or similar guardian!

Porter was just… I loved him. Honestly there was just this purity to him… I dunno what I’m trying to say other than Bennett pretty much wrote the most perfectly adorkable leading boy that really complimented the character of Bailey so well.

I wanted a novel that was filled to the brim with cuteness and Alex Approximately certainly fitted that brief.

Recommended to anyone who is in the mood for a cute and fluffy romantic comedy

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