Review: Alex Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Title: Alex Approximately

Author: Jenn Bennett

Release Date: April 4th 2017

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Source: Barnes and Noble

Genre: Contemporary Romance

In this delightfully charming teen spin on You’ve Got Mail, the one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.

Classic movie buff Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent half of her junior year falling for a sensitive film geek she only knows online as “Alex.” Two coasts separate them until she 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—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, the oddball Cavern Palace Museum. Or that she’s being tormented daily by Porter Roth, a smart-alecky yet irritatingly hot museum security guard. But when Porter and Bailey are locked in the museum overnight, Bailey is forced to choose whether she should cling to a dreamy 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 without a doubt one of my favorite contemporary reads so far this year. I adored the hate-to-love romance between Bailey and Porter and all the banter between them. I think the way their relationship progressed was very realistic and well written; things didn’t move too fast, the initial rivalry between them wasn’t overdone, and there was a fair amount of complications in their relationship.
I loved getting to know each of the characters and their back stories. I was a little shocked when I learned about Porters past, but I think it was a refreshing and unique twist, and same with Bailey. I almost thought Porter must have been joking at first, when he told Bailey his story. It just seemed pretty far fetched, although not implausible. I thought it was an interesting addition to Porters character. I also really appreciated the diversity, with Porter being racially mixed.
I thought it was so cute that they were both obsessed with classic movies and I found it really amusing how long it took both of them to connect the dots and for Bailey to realize Porter was Alex. I just loved stories like this, where the two characters have no clue that the person they’ve been chatting with online is the person they’re falling for in real life.
I loved the museum aspect too, I felt like that work environment really brought good atmosphere to the story and provided a good backdrop for the characters interactions and the many different obstacles they faced.
The ending was absolutely perfect… were the beginning and middle. The story flowed perfectly, there was not a single dull moment and when I finished the book I was left feeling completely satisfied and content. Which isn’t very common for me. Even with books I consider favorites. Overall, Alex was a very memorable romance, one I’d recommend to anyone looking for a quick, cute read devoid of any super heavy material!
Rating: 5/5 Stars

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