I received this book for free from the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
Published by Simon Pulse on April 4th, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: the Publisher via NetGalley
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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 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 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.
Alex, Approximately is the most adorable YA retelling of You’ve Got Mail that I didn’t even know I needed in my life. I had heard people talking about it and getting excited for it, so I put it on my list, but I really didn’t know much about it. And I haven’t read Bennett’s other YA book, so even though I’m always up for a cute YA romance, I really had no idea what I was getting myself into when I started it. And when I finished? I wondered where it had been all my life.
This book has everything. A smart and witty female main character who loves movies, a swoony love interest who is sweet and just a little bit cocky, a fun and loyal best friend, and a great father/daughter relationship as well as funny and emotional moments that keep the plot moving and our love for the developing romance growing. From the first page, I was hooked. And honestly, I’m going to have a hard time reviewing this because I just loved it so much.
A few of my favorites things, besides what I mentioned above, were the hate-to-love parts of the romance. It’s always fun to watch characters go from enemies to lovers and this was no different. While these two have just met and seem to be attracted to each other, they both tend to bring out the worst in the other. Until, of course, that moment when everything changes. But I really enjoyed watching these two try and figure out the other and watch as they started understanding the other and then develop more feelings as time went on. And I’m always a fan of a guy who’s willing to put himself out there on the line for the girl. And Porter does.
Overall, I just really enjoyed this book and I hope you guys will give it a try. I’m really excited to read Bennett’s other YA novel, The Anatomical Shape of a Heart. I’ve already purchased it and hope I can get to it soon! But if you’re looking for a romance to read this summer, definitely pick this one up!