Review: Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Alex, Approximately

Series : N/A

Publisher : Simon and Schuster Australia

Source : Publisher

Release Date : April 1st 2017


Bailey “Mink” Rydell has met the boy of her dreams. They share a love of films and talk all day – Alex is perfect. Well, apart from the fact that they’ve never actually met . . . and neither of them knows the other’s real name.

When Bailey moves to sunny California to live with her dad, who happens to live in the same town as Alex, she decides to track him down. But finding someone based on online conversations alone proves harder than Bailey thought, and with her irritating but charismatic (and potentially attractive?) colleague Porter Roth distracting her at every turn, will she ever get to meet the mysterious Alex?

From the author of Night Owls comes a story of summer, first love and hidden identities . . .

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Cute , Fluffy and Adorable , Alex Approximately is all that  and more.   A light hearted  YA contemporary romance about two teens who have bound over the classic movies online as perfect strangers.   Typical normal behaviour  in this day and age given our reliance on technology . Until one of them decides to take things into her own hands and has some hilarious adorable  results.

Everything that the teenager in me internally screaming  about as I love the concept of this novel and the story doesn’t’ disappoint. This is going to be my new binge re-read when I get  into a reading slump. It so good and it speaks to me on many levels and ticks a few boxes  that readers are demanding now with out being blatant. It diverse and quirky good

Bailey  is not the stereotypical teenager. She isn’t the typical nerd. Yes she adorable awkward and smart  but she has wicked tasted in clothing and movies . She been talking to this witty film geek  and she fallen  for him.  She doesn’t know at thing about his real  life except his name and where he is from . The other side of the  USA and Bailey decides she needs to meet this guy she fall for because  her dad lives there and  she needs an escape.

Doubt things as what if turns out like Catfish and he totally one of the creepy guys off there . She decides to keep things down low. He doesn’t need to know, she so happened to move his small hometown to find him.

She will acclimate and be a normal teen in this town. Find friends , land a job and  deal with her new  arch nemesis  . Porter  Roth . It just like the movies  right  Her fantasies will come truth and she will  live happily ever after.

But  this is real life and fantasies are mostly just that.  ….

I love this 21st century take on   love. It modern and fresh yet it a nod to the old fashion romances. It was the perfect mashup. Bailey was so relatable to me,  despite being opened  as she was. There was still some  secrets to her. She was adorable yet she had some strength . She had a haired brained scheme and whilst we knew the ending. It was fun watching Bailey spend her summer trying to juggle all things and her mishaps.

Parker wasn’t a bad guy. He just got under her nerves and I loved that she was forced to be torn. For a surfer guy , he wasn’t typical surfer boy either. He was sweet though Bailey thought otherwise and genuinely wanted to help her. Only if she put the clues together sooner thought it was fun before and after anyways. It was such slow burning sweet romance  and I love spending the summer with Bailey  and the others

Whilst the story may revolve around Bailey and Parker, there was plenty other characters to get to know as well that enhance the story as well.  I loved Grace, who instantly became part of Bailey’s life who  she had a instant bond with and was a kindred spirit.   She  was another bright spark and I hope it wasn’t the last we seen of her. She was a memorable secondary character

This may be one of my favourite contemporaries to date because of all of the above  They are far from  just the classic movie nerds. They are so much then that a label and  I loved the slow burning story that Bennett gave us as readers with plenty of highs and lows.


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