Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Alex, Approximately

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 i...

Title:Alex, Approximately
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ISBN:148147877X
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:391 pages

Alex, Approximately Reviews

  • Danielle (Love at First Page)
    Dec 28, 2016

    Looooooved. YA romance at its finest. Porter is ALL THE SWOONS.

  • Stacee
    Feb 03, 2016

    I didn't even need to read the synopsis of this book. I wanted it from Jenn Bennett's name and my undying love for her other YA book, The Anatomical Shape of a Heart. I went in completely blind and utterly fell in love.

    Bailey is my kind of girl. She's smart and sort of awkward and would rather be alone the majority of the time. She loves classic movies and dressing like Lana Turner and why aren't we BFFs already. Porter? Yeah, I don't even know where to start with this boy. He's swoony to begin

    I didn't even need to read the synopsis of this book. I wanted it from Jenn Bennett's name and my undying love for her other YA book, The Anatomical Shape of a Heart. I went in completely blind and utterly fell in love.

    Bailey is my kind of girl. She's smart and sort of awkward and would rather be alone the majority of the time. She loves classic movies and dressing like Lana Turner and why aren't we BFFs already. Porter? Yeah, I don't even know where to start with this boy. He's swoony to begin with and then when he actually tries, I was a puddle of goo.

    There is some of the most delicious banter ever written, swoons, heartbreak, laughs, and maybe a bit of betrayal. Not to mention a few secrets that are revealed in the slowest and agonizing way.

    This is a book that I'll be reading over and over again: when I need a pick me up or to get out of a slump or just need to grin like a loon the way I am right now.

    **Huge thanks to Mysterious Galaxy for letting me take an arc from the back room**

  • ᴍᴀʏʙᴇʟʟɪɴᴇ⚓
    Apr 28, 2017

    with

    and

    I swear, I don’t think a

    retelling CAN go wrong.

    I want to spend the rest of my life searching for

    with

    and

    I swear, I don’t think a

    retelling CAN go wrong.

    I want to spend the rest of my life searching for

    retellings and reading them. I will be MORE than content with my life.

    GAHHHH, IT’S SO PERFECT!!!!!!!!!

    You know when a book has EVERYTHING that could possibly make it perfect and it’s CHARMING and HILARIOUS and RELATABLE and SWOONWORTHY???!!! Yeah, that’s this book.

    Kids, let me give you my honest, genuine advice:

    Love yourselves and read the bloody book!!

    5 fricken stars and all the heart eyes in the world!!!

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I've been waiting for this book since late 2015 and the wait WAS. SO. WORTH. IT.

  • nick
    Dec 19, 2016

    4.5/5

    There are just certain YA books that absolutely blow me away with how readable they are. Jenn Bennett’s The Anatomical Shape of a Heart was one of those books for me. I didn’t think it was possible for the author to write another book even better than that one, but Jenn Bennett completely wowed me with Alex, Approximately. It’s the sort of book that is so hard to put down that you decide to forego all your chores, and in the end, you don’t even care, because reading the book was an indescri

    4.5/5

    There are just certain YA books that absolutely blow me away with how readable they are. Jenn Bennett’s The Anatomical Shape of a Heart was one of those books for me. I didn’t think it was possible for the author to write another book even better than that one, but Jenn Bennett completely wowed me with Alex, Approximately. It’s the sort of book that is so hard to put down that you decide to forego all your chores, and in the end, you don’t even care, because reading the book was an indescribable experience. I have lots to say about Alex, Approximately, but I’m not going to reveal everything, because there elements of the book you have to experience all on your own. So here are 5 reasons why this book worked for me.

    BAILEY’S REALNESS

    It’s not often that I discover a heroine is very much like me, but I was glad to see lots of my teenage self in Bailey. Now, I’m not a film-buff like Bailey was, but there were aspects of her characterization that I think a lot of teen girls will recognize. She’s a breath of fresh air with how perfectly flawed she was. She makes mistakes, she learns from her mistakes and she apologizes for her mistakes. Bailey was also quite an emotional girl, which I 100% related to. She has a lot going on with her family, but despite it all, she was a strong girl who stayed true to herself throughout Alex, Approximately. If you enjoy books with strong character development and growth, you will very likely connect on a deep level to Bailey and her story.

    PORTER’S SWOONINESS (I KNOW NOT A REAL WORD)

    Good gosh does Jenn Bennett know how to write YA boys who are delectable! I was expecting Porter to be a great guy, but I was still surprised by how much I wound up loving him. He was charming, flirty and genuine in his kindness. The way he pursues Bailey totally had my heart fluttering all over the place. His devotion to his family, his cocky attitude and his love for surfing made him all the more attractive to me. Porter was so much more than just a surfer and I loved that he possessed so much depth. You’ll be left wondering where on earth you can find a boy as swoony as Porter once you’re done reading the book!

    THE VIBRANT BEACH SETTING & THE MUSEUM THAT COMES TO LIFE

    I love anything that has a coastal beach setting because it reminds me home. Bailey has just moved in to her dad’s place in California, and a lot of her growth is focused around this setting. I loved the descriptions of the locales, locals, food, and the activities that she pursued while she was there. The museum that she finds work in was also beautifully written. It was quirky, charming, and had a very entertaining staff that had me smiling and laughing. I wish that I had somewhere as cool as The Cavern Palace to work at as a teen.

    RELATIONSHIPS THAT ARE FLAWED, MESSY AND MEANINGFUL

    As with the characters and the setting, the relationships in Alex, Approximately were also a highlight for me. I particularly loved Bailey’s bond with her father. It’s a little complicated, but also full of love and respect for each other. There were so many great scenes of the two of them talking and expressing their feelings to each other. I loved that they were respectful even when they might not have agreed with each other. Bailey also meets an awesome friend in Grace. I really loved Grace, and I thought she made for an awesome side-kick, who was a rock for Bailey a lot of times. More awesome girl friendships, please!

    A ROMANCE THAT IS DELICIOUSLY ROMANTIC & SEX POSITIVE

    To say that I loved the development of the romance between Bailey & Porter would be a severe understatement. I thought it was absolutely perfect, and I loved how it had a bit of a hate-to-love feel to it in the beginning. Bailey and Porter didn’t see eye to eye at first, but he slowly broke down her defenses and soon enough, even she couldn’t resist his charms. There were some seriously swoony moments in the book, but the scenes I loved the best were the ones of the two of them talking and emotionally connecting with each other. The chemistry felt real and tangible, and it was just the sort of romance that left me with a sappy grin on my face. Part of the romance also developed through emails and texts (which I LOVED), and made it extra special. As with The Anatomical Shape of a Heart, Alex, Approximately was also sex-positive. There aren’t explicit sex scenes or anything, but there are discussions of sex between the two protagonists before they jump into bed together. I was also ridiculously pleased at the mention of Bailey masturbating. I think there’s notion that bringing yourself to pleasure is sinful, especially for young women, so it was refreshing to have a YA book show it positively.

    As you can probably tell from all my praise, I’m wildly obsessed with this book and I can’t wait for the rest of the world to pick Alex, Approximately up and find a story that’s full of heart, swoons and smiles. I’m ready for Jenn Bennett’s next!

  • Cait • A Page with a View
    Apr 12, 2017

    THIS WAS SO ADORABLE. It's basically a YA retelling of You've Got Mail set in California with surfers, pastries, fog, and museums. So that just hit a ton of checks on the list of things I adore.

    I loved the characters and thought the whole story would make such a cute movie. But ok...

    did this book never reference The Shop Around the Corner?!? The two main characters are obsessed with classic films and basically mention every major movie EXCEPT for the actual one that You've Got Mail wa

    THIS WAS SO ADORABLE. It's basically a YA retelling of You've Got Mail set in California with surfers, pastries, fog, and museums. So that just hit a ton of checks on the list of things I adore.

    I loved the characters and thought the whole story would make such a cute movie. But ok...

    did this book never reference The Shop Around the Corner?!? The two main characters are obsessed with classic films and basically mention every major movie EXCEPT for the actual one that You've Got Mail was based on. The story here felt closer to that original classic, too.

    This isn't a complaint or anything... I was just waiting the whole book to watch how The Shop Around the Corner might fit into the quotes at the top of each chapter or basically anything. I love when stories sneak in references to their inspiration:

    Anyways, this is a total fluffy, lighthearted read... ok wait, no. It actually does have heavier stuff, but the main characters roll with life in a way that lets them create their own story. What I mean is it has that rom com feeling where everything is sunshine and glitter afterwards (while still having realistic characters and feeling like the story takes place in reality). And that is exactly what I wanted!!

    Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC.

  • Heather 'Bookables'
    Apr 10, 2017

    LOVED this! 4.5/ 5

    One of my new favorite contemporaries!

  • Tweebs☯
    Apr 24, 2017

    Guys, I had enough of this. I'm on strike. I keep picking up these books that somehow leave me in a messy puddle of

    1.

    Guys, I had enough of this. I'm on strike. I keep picking up these books that somehow leave me in a messy puddle of

    1.

    I'm a proud example of this. I'm currently reading 2348932849032 books and I felt guilty that I was neglecting this book. I picked it up and began reading it because

    I swear, that was the best/worst decision I ever made. It was 11pm and my eyes were 0.000000000001 seconds away from permanently closing AND THEN I got to some part in the book and was like

    Suddenly, I felt like I had enough energy to power 3 suns because my eyes were wide open

    yeah, I sacrificed my sleep. I'm not even complaining like I just simply couldn't put it down. I had to finish it like what is sleep?

    2.

    That is all.

    Carry on.

    3.

    ○ Can I just start off by saying, Bailey's Dad is the bomb dot com. Her dad is so laid back and so cool. I loved their relationship like awwwwwwwwwwwwwww. This just reminds me of my own dad. So, I'm going to kindly excuse myself and find my dad to squeeze the living daylights out of him.

    ○ Our MC, Bailey, is what you call an evader. You know those types of people where you're like,

    . She experienced a difficult past that led to her developing trust issues. She is trash for old films and literally knows every damn reference. Like this girl can look at a water bottle and reference it to some film that came out in 1955. Her fashion taste is pretty much inspired by the actresses in the old films. For example:

    ○ I liked Bailey's friend, Grace..........................I lied, I tolerated her. She's that type of friend where you'd tell her something and you'd hear it come out of someone else's mouth. Like no. What's been told to you, stays with you. Besides that, I found her pretty cool, friendly, and very nice. Also, I liked the fact that she was British and I kept reading her parts in this really posh accent.

    Too far? Yeah?? Okay :(

    4.

    ○ If you haven't watched the movie then I don’t think we can friends. Go away.

    ...

    Alright, you may come back

    I'll list reasons why you should watch it.

    You'd have a better understanding but if you don't want to then

    , it's alright. We can be friends again.

    ○ When I heard it was a retelling, I was like

    I watched the movie right after I finished the book.

    5.

    ○ I just really really really liked how the author was able to touch base with these certain issues and bring it to light.

    Sex, drugs, trauma, and many more.

    ○ To me, she didn't go over board. She just handled it like a pro.

    ○ I loved how the characters were able to overcome their own barriers and spread their wings.

    6.

    ○ Read the book and you'd understand this

    7.

    ○ I think I covered everything.

    ○ Go read this

    ○ Bye

  • l a i n e y
    Jun 10, 2017

    Bailey Rydell is an evader.

    Me: Oh dear, 'relatibility' = 0 → 100% in 3 seconds flat.

    Speaking as someone who in high school have literally run away from who she was currently in 'relationship' with. And this happened more times than I cared to share, suffice to say my friends were utterly baffled. It was

    , let us say. And I may or may not still be that girl when it comes to relationships but I digress ....

    : super cute & funny YA contemporary with flowing fi

    Bailey Rydell is an evader.

    Me: Oh dear, 'relatibility' = 0 → 100% in 3 seconds flat.

    Speaking as someone who in high school have literally run away from who she was currently in 'relationship' with. And this happened more times than I cared to share, suffice to say my friends were utterly baffled. It was

    , let us say. And I may or may not still be that girl when it comes to relationships but I digress ....

    : super cute & funny YA contemporary with flowing first person narrative writing starring Bailey Rydell, the Artful Dogder & the extra adorable surfer boy named Porter Roth who sometimes more adorkable, but I'll take both, you can keep the change! I loved Bailey's voice a great deal and that's why the book was so enjoyable to me.

    {{

    goes to

    for being the cutest geeky Dad ever!}}

    The characters, the writing, the romance all very engaging - there was not a time I thought it boring, which believe you me, not an easy thing to pull off. So, bravo Jenn Bennett whose works I've just now sampled.

    Loads of food appreciation in the book which means A.) bye-bye my diet plan. and/or B.) google is my friend (life of a foreigner...) Whatthehell is 'moon muffin' anyway? And who do I have to date to get some?! (Sadly for me, the answer of course is Porter....)


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