June 28, 2017

Short & Sweet Review: Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett (April 2017)
Length: 391 pages
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Purchase: Barnes & Noble | Amazon
My Rating:
Goodreads Summary: 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.

My Review

Alex, Approximately in Three Words: Adorkable. Beachy. Smiles.

This is THE book of the summer. No joke. When the mood hits when you want a sweeping romance with the perfect summer setting in California, then this is your book. Although it took me a little bit to really get into the story, (I believe that one was me not the book) once I fell, I couldn't climb back out.

Bailey moves out to California to live with her Dad, and has a summer she won't soon forget. Her dad gets her a job at a local museum, where she meets Porter Roth. A mysterious surfer who works hard, praises his sister, and still struggles with a past hardship. At first Porter and Bailey can't stand each other, but with any good contemporary romance, that soon changes. Fans of hate-to-love relationships will devour this one. Also, Porter is a catch!

Follow Bailey and Porter on their summer of finding new friends, starting a new relationship, surfing, working, conquering their pasts, family, and being adorable as heck.

Side Note: I don't get the book cover at all, it really doesn't represent the book well. Where is the beach or crazy museum?

The Verdict: I stayed up late to finish Alex, Approximately with no regrets. It's a must read this summer!


  1. I rarely read contemporary YA, in fact I can count on one hand the ones that I have, but this sounds so wonderful that I have added it to my list :)

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