Author : Jenn Bennett
Publisher : Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
Title : Alex, Approximately
Genre : YA Contemporary Romance
Synopsis : The one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams-she just doesn’t know it yet.
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 tourists=-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 in the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate and 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’d like to thank Simon & Schuster Publishing who sent me this wonderful ARC. I really appreciate you giving me the opportunity to review this book! Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!
I know you guys are thinking how cliché this book sounds, BUT it isn’t like that. Ok MaYbE in some parts, but what kind of love stories don’t?? Let me tell you all that this book was both inspiring and thought provoking. I will admit I had some doubts too, but I was proven wrong. It took a couple of chapters to get me hooked, but when I was caught, there was no putting this down. Funny story : I was reading this at a public café and I busted out laughing at something a character said and everyone looked at me like, is that girl mentally stable? Hehehe
I really loved both of the main characters. Bailey was this shy girl who avoided, basically everything, all her life. She hated any type of spotlight put on her (not literally, but she wouldn’t like that either ). OH! Not to mention her freaking awesome style of vintage outfits!! I personally loved that detail because it just portrayed her character uniquely and creatively. Anyways, then there’s Porter. He is a total butt at first and I was like oohh no. This is going to be one of those beastly boys that opens up and hey, he’s actually ok, kind of stories. BUT he grew on me, not gonna lie. I loved the relationship between him and Bailey. He brought out that witty, sarcastic side of Bailey.
“Maybe I do like someone who fights back. It’s a mystery, even to me.”
The one thing that I thought really tied the book together was the hardships that each of the characters go through. You think I’m talking about only Bailey and Porter? Nope, I’m talking about a LOT of characters. Grace, Mr. and Mrs. Roth, Bailey’s dad, and even Davy. Of course Bailey and Porter too. All of these characters were brought together closer Because of their hardships and I love that. I really, really love that.
Even though I really enjoyed this book, there were some aspects I wasn’t too fond of.
- I wish that it didn’t reveal that Porter was Alex in the synopsis. Yes, we would of all figured that out eventually, but I as I read through this book, all I kept thinking about was how Porter was Alex and Alex was Porter. I like a bit of mystery ya know?
- I didn’t really enjoy the ending chapter of this book. It felt a little…Distant? I just feel like it was all summarized too quickly. I would of liked it better if it ended with chapter 27. But hey maybe you all will enjoy it more than I did.
So should you read this book? I would say that if you’re into romance or enjoy witty characters then definitely. I’m a sucker for romance and I really enjoyed this novel. It’s one of those books that you can read more than once. Soooo I say….4 STARS!!