by Jenn Bennet
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published April 4th 2017 by Simon Pulse
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.
Bailey hates confrontation. She has perfected the art of being an Artful Dodger. Which is why, when her mother started to get into fights with her new husband, she decided to stay with her dad. Fortunately, the boy she has been spoken online, Alex, also lives in the same town as her dad. She decided to go on the lookout, while trying to hold on to her summer job. The thing is, the infuriating co-worker: Porter. Will she last and finally meet Alex? or will she give up and never meet Alex?
THIS BOOK IS SO CUTE AND PERFECT FOR SUMMER. I really like the setting: small beach town full of surfers, churro carts, rides, and unique museum. It felt like the perfect summer paradise for me, and I can see this book as something I will re-read during summer.
I also really like the characters. Our main character, Bailey, or “Artful Dodger jr” was very relateable. I like her narratives, she’s funny and sarcastic. There are some of her decisions that I did not agree with, but overall I really enjoyed reading about her. She has a not so close relationship with her mother, but really close with her father! I really like how close she was with her father, actually talking, enjoying things together, and being around each other. Her father also actually cares and present for her, always be there for her when she needed it.
Our guy, Porter, or our supposed Alex, was swoony. He’s a surfer, he’s funny and sweet. But there are some sides of him that I can’t get behind. He’s such a jerk when he first met Bailey, and also at the end where he made assumption and gone missing. Those two things kinda ruin my love for him.
If you can’t guess already, our romance started from hate relationship! At first, Porter pushed Bailey too much. But they learn to work together, to be friends, before finally having the relationship. It’s so cute seeing how they learn to be friends, the friendly banter and to open up to each other before slowly being together. the whole quizzes thing also reminded me of THE TRUTH ABOUT FOREVER, they use quizzes to know each other better. It’s so cute!
I really like the old feeling we get by all old-movie talks Bailey and Alex has, so far as following the old holywood style and riding a vespa. I also love how unique Bailey summer job is: working in a eccentric museum, where the rooms are full of twist and turns and different themes. I’d love to explore more of it, even went as far as googling it to find out if it’s a real place (it is not).
Alex, Approximately is the perfect summer read for you. It’s light and cute, with surfers guy and beach town. It brings that old and retro feeling, while still ground you in the present. It has hate to love relationship, good female friendship, wonderful father daughter relationship, and of course, cute banter. Check it out if you’re in the mood for something light and cute!