April 17, 2019 by TinyNavajo
Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
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*Published April 4, 2017*
The reason this book caught my was because it was described as “a modern You’ve Got Mail” by the book river in my library’s catalogue, and I love that movie so I got the book to see how it compares and just to enjoy some contemporary fluff.
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.
That is the one thing I’m not a complete fan of this blurb, it basically gives away the end of the book. But, it didn’t really take away all the enjoyment, I liked getting to know Bailey and Porter not only as they start out as enemies, but they slowly become friends and then more than friends and they learn that they have more in common. We also learn Bailey’s legitimate reasons as to why she avoids problems.
We also learn that there is more to Porter and his family and the surfing legends they are for the community. This affects Porter more than he lets on, and we figure this out as well. But as with most things concerning teenagers, there is dramadramadrama! And it’s emotional high school drama. But if you’ve seen You’ve Got Mail, and have read the blurb, you know the drama. Porter is Bailey’s online friend who has asked her to come out and visit him for a classic film festival. And he figures out who she is before Bailey figures out who he is. Once Porter figures it out, he tries to get Bailey to “confess!!!” but it doesn’t quite go to plan and more drama ensues until Bailey pulls her head together and finally gets the dad advice we’ve been craving the whole book to get her boy troubles finally figured out.
This was a cute book, and book I enjoyed and glad I read. I don’t think I’ll read it again, but it was cute and little bit funny to see them try to maneuver between and around each other. What do you think of teen contemporary drama? Do you like the fluff? Comment below and let me know!