It’s Valentine’s week so here is a sweet romance for you!

alex approximately by Jenn Bennett

Book: Alex, Approimately
Author: Jenn Bennett
Published: April 4, 2017
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre:  Contemporary YA Romance
Source: Library

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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 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. (Goodreads)


My rating: 5 stars
I loved this book! It’s a must have.

Adorable, sweet, fun and lovely. How many more positive adjectives can I give you?

Alex, Approximately is a wonderful, summery read. It’s exactly what I look for in a fun beach read (although I will admit reading it in the depths of winter snow storms kind of made me want to move to California just so I could enjoy some of the summery weather showcased in the book).

Bailey has just moved from Washington DC to a small town in California. She has entire summer ahead of her before she starts her new school. She also has a pen pal (or the modern version of one – an internet discussion board friend) who she has a huge crush on but is nervous to tell that she’s moved to his hometown. So instead of telling him, she decides to try and figure out who he is using clues from his messages. Along with her search, we get to follow along as she starts a summer job at a ridiculous tourist attraction, meets a whole host of potential friends, and hangs out with her not-so-newly divorced dad who she hasn’t seen in about a year.

While we know exactly who Alex really is (thanks to the back cover copy), Bailey (and Alex) take a while to figure it out. And we get to watch the shenanigans and the emotional tug-of-war as they try to figure out their love lives. The enemies to lovers is one of my favourite tropes when it’s done well (which usually means enemies due to a ton of misunderstandings and silly mistakes). All in all, it’s really funny and heartwarming. 

I must point out one of my favourite parts of this book – the positive depiction of family relationships (that is sometimes missing in contemporary YA books). Bailey’s relationship with her dad and Porter’s relationship with his family were really neat to see and demonstrated some great communication.

If you’re looking for a sweet, fun read with few surprises – you’ll likely enjoy Alex, Approximately.


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