Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
5 out of 5 stars.
“Sometimes you have to endure painful things to realize that you’re a whole lot stronger than you think.”
Goodreads Description: 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.
I don’t know why, but when I read the book description for Alex, Approximately a month or so ago I couldn’t stop thinking about how badly I wanted to read this book. Ask Maren (The Worn Bookmark). I think I rambled about wanting to read this book to her a lot, lol. I could never stop thinking about this it, weird. I checked Amazon every single day hoping the e-book would go on sale, lol. I finally caved (I’m trying not to buy so many new books until I read more of what I have) and bought it and I am so happy that I did.
Alex, Approximately was so fun to read and had me laughing out loud so many times. It also had me grinning so hard almost every page. You already know who Alex is when you read the book description, but I found myself LIVING for the Alex and Mink (Bailey) conversations in the book. She would be hanging out with Porter, but I’m always like “buuuut Alex”, haha. It was so fun, seriously. This is the perfect summer read too. There’s California, surfing, beaches, movie quotes, cats, CHURROS! I have been craving churros since I started to read this book. I don’t think I’ve had one since I was a kid and they used to sell them on the street in Miami.
Bailey and Porter are both struggling with things that happened to them in the past, but I think that is one of the things that helped to bring them together. I really liked Bailey a lot and I loved her friendship with Grace. Porter was the perfect swoon worthy character and I loved his and Bailey’s banter. It was fun and had me cracking up so much. There were some serious aspects to the book as well, like with what Bailey and Porter went through in their own lives and another character named Davy. I won’t go into it about him though, you’ll have to check out the book.
Overall, I thought Alex, Approximately was such a fun and cute read. Perfect for summer. I personally loved it so much and I felt like I breezed through it, because it was so hard to put down and easy to read. I was rooting for Bailey and Porter in both their own separate lives and together. I am so glad I decided to finally pick this one up, because it was so worth it. I don’t think I have a negative thing to say about it. I am now off to find myself a dang churro.
Have you read Alex, Approximately? If so, what did you think? What are you currently reading right now?
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