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**

  • maybelline ⚓
    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.

  • 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....)

  • emma
    Jun 23, 2017

    I’M HONESTLY EMBARRASSED THAT I WAS SO EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK.

    Like...I hate books that are cringey, and I hate books that are pretentious, but it’s so

    for me to get the opportunity to hate one that is BOTH!

    Ughhhh. God. I’m someone who is extremely susceptible to the charms of an old movie, so when I saw that there was, essentially, a retelling of You’ve Got Mail (a fairly good movie, I guess) in which old film brings the ~romantic interests~ together,

    I’M HONESTLY EMBARRASSED THAT I WAS SO EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK.

    Like...I hate books that are cringey, and I hate books that are pretentious, but it’s so

    for me to get the opportunity to hate one that is BOTH!

    Ughhhh. God. I’m someone who is extremely susceptible to the charms of an old movie, so when I saw that there was, essentially, a retelling of You’ve Got Mail (a fairly good movie, I guess) in which old film brings the ~romantic interests~ together, I had to be

    And then I read the first 20 pages and cringed unbearably and put it to the side for, presumably, ever.

    Yes. I planned on DNFing this book after 20 pages. Just so everyone knows: I never ever do that. EVER. But I instantly knew this book was going to be ALL WRONG.

    But then I saw a metric sh*t ton (one of my favorite phrases, by the way) of positive reviews. From very trusted sources! And I’m not just talking, like, three-and-a-half-stars “fun fluffy read” reviews. I mean five star, this book is amazing reviews.

    Unfortunately, my dumb gut was right the first time. So let’s talk about why this book is garbàge, using the Caraval review structure I only whip out when books got a whole lotta sh*t goin' on.

    We follow Bailey, who leaves her dirty rotten mom behind in DC to live in sunny SoCal with her cool nerd dad. Bailey is a cinephile,

    , and writes (flirty!) messages back and forth on a cinema forum with this kid Alex. Guess where Alex lives?

    Guess when Bailey tells Alex she’s there? Ding ding ding! If you guessed “Never, for reasons that are stupid,” you’re today’s winner!

    Anyway, Bailey meets this kid Porter, who she “hates” (for all of 20 pages before the whole thing dissolves into sexual tension and smut, never to return). But guessssss whooooo Alexxxxx isssss? Just kidding, you don’t have to guess. It’s in the f*cking synopsis. It’s Porter.

    Now we just have to wait for the dumbest protagonist in world history to figure out what has been increasingly apparent since, like, page 5. GRUELING.

    Going to try one of my world-famous character impressions on for size. Here’s Bailey:

    ever

    Semi-spoiler alert: Bailey NEVER FIGURES IT OUT. Her f*cking dad does, and so does Porter. PORTER HAS TO TELL BAILEY IT’S HIM. My God. The sheer idiocy is overwhelming. And to think, her dad told her she’s a “good detective.” In the immortal words of Alicia Silverstone, “As if.”

    On top of this sort of mind-boggling, makes-me-wanna-claw-my-eyes-out stupidity, this book was also so pretentious and made me cringe so often. I ALMOST DNFED IT TWICE.

    I just feel so lied to. All I wanted was a contemporary with some chat logs and old movie discussion, and I was CHEATED ON BOTH FRONTS. I’m so anguished it makes me fear for my caps lock key. The online messages are few and far between, and those that we are granted are less than impressive, and really the best old movie discussion we get is from the quotes at the beginning of the chapters - WHICH INCLUDE FILMS LIKE PITCH PERFECT AND CLUELESS AND EASY A! Don’t get me wrong, all great movies, but not exactly anyone’s idea of vintage!!!!!!!!!!! Ugh.

    And also, guys, in case you needed a disappointment cherry on top of this infuriating sundae, Bailey is so totally

    The first example arrives at the literal beginning of the book: “It’s not exactly the kind of movie you ask a girl out to see when you’re trying to win her heart - not

    girls, anyway.”

    This is when I put this thing down for a couple weeks.

    When I returned, rested, rejuvenated, hopeful, I was dealt another blow: “I’m not going to be one of those girls who goes wobbly-woo over a boy and picks at her food.”

    Poor Bailey. How does she survive as the only tolerable female in the entire universe?

    Bailey also sh*t talks the East Coast constantly? And I mean, I’ve grown up on East Coast beaches. And my question is: What the fuck kind of East Coast beach was Bailey going to? Where does the ocean smell like “bleached metal” and make you want to “roll up a window”? Sweet Lord Jesus. It smells like an ocean. It’s great. Maybe that stick up your ass is impairing your sense of smell. And when she’s standing in the f*cking woods, she rants and raves about how that’s just the kind of Quality Smell™ you just can’t get in the east. Um, it can smell like “pine” here too, you ding-dong.

    Continuing along the path of misguided pretentiousness, this book goes on a rant about Breakfast at Tiffany’s that cut me to my soul. Don’t misunderstand me: Mickey Rooney’s racist-ass character is supremely f*cked. It’s far from a perfect movie. But people are allowed to like it! It’s a classic! My God, this book, man.

    Now let’s talk about that full-on cringe-fest, baby. This book substitutes a plot with gooey looks and smut and I guess what would be considered the stepping stone between flirting and sexting. It’s always just a couple of hot and bothered teens, and it made me SO UNCOMFORTABLE. I don’t like smut much in the first place, but when it’s a first-person seventeen-year-old girl talking about her daydreams and fantasies and masturbation habits and what I can only describe as a passion for getting fingered...it kinda makes me wanna Die™.

    And God, a light breeze could turn this girl on. Here are some examples of things that spur Bailey into fantasizing in public:

    - Handholding

    - The cringeworthy-by-itself phrase “Porter likey”

    - Extensive injuries from a fight

    - Porter informing her she should wear sandals more often because he likes her feet (GAG ME WITH A SPOON)

    -Generally being glanced at, touched by or close to Porter

    And nowwww it’s time forrrr - GENERAL STUPIDITY! I haven’t had the privilege of writing one of these sections in a hot sec. Longtime, long-suffering followers know that this is the section I use for books that contain small mistakes or irritations that just don’t make sense.

    In this book, it’s mostly the dialogue. For example, when Bailey meets the forty-year-old cop girlfriend of her father, guess what said cop says?

    I’d bet you a hundred thousand million dollars you didn’t think it’d be this: “‘I like your brows,’ she finally says. ‘Glamorous.’” THAT’S LIKE A FORTY-YEAR-OLD FEMALE COP SPEAKING TO A TEENAGER.

    Something that just kind of bothers me: Bailey’s hair is constantly described as being like Lana Turner’s. People even recognize her hair as being in the style of Lana Turner’s. But Lana Turner didn’t HAVE just one hairstyle! She had like, a million pinup girl variations! I just want answers. Which one which one which one?

    So, remember the briefly aforementioned best friend of Porter? The one he “hates”? That best friend’s name is Davy. Davy screwed up his leg surfing so badly he still limps years later. When he was prescribed painkillers, he, like many people, became addicted to the prescription. So when the prescription ran out, he continued to (illegally) source pills. Later, like many people, he moved onto the much-more-affordable heroin. That’s an addiction that is almost impossible to break, and, we’re told, the sh*ttiness of Davy’s family life only spurs him more toward drugs.

    But none of that is handled with the understanding it deserves.

    Instead, Davy is treated like the villain of this book. All characters carry nothing but disdain and hatred for him. They act like it’s his fault and he should ~just stop~. When he shows the warning signs of many addicts, like stealing and lying, they blame him. Porter beats the sh*t out of him at one point.

    But the worst bit of all is what Porter says to Bailey about his supposed best friend, who is addicted to maybe the worst drug out there. “I’m less worried about him right now, and more worried that you’re sorry you ever gave me your number and will never go out on a date with me, because now you’re thinking all my friends are trash and we really have nothing in common.”

    Yup. Yes. He’s not that worried about Davy being on one of the most addictive and dangerous drugs in existence. And on top of it, Davy’s “trash” for that addiction.

    Coolcoolcool.

    Great book.

    Bottom line: I said a-nope, nope, nope-ity nope, I said a-nope nope nope-ity nope!


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