Alex, Approximately By Jenn Bennett [Review]

Alex, ApproximatelyRELEASE DATE:  April 4th 2017
AUTHORS: Jenn Bennett
GENRE: Young-Adult, Contemporary, Romance.
PUBLISHER: 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.


And not after, when we’re clinging to each other like the world just fell apart and is slowly clicking back together, piece by piece, breath by breath . . . heartbeat by beautiful heartbeat.”

I picked this up on a whim when I was craving for something fun and I really had no high expectations before getting into it but this turned out to be a super fun read. I immensely enjoyed the whole California beach town setting, the characters, the romance, and also the fun plot. I think this book really makes a good summer read and the main characters are quite enjoyable. Alex, Approximately is actually my first book from the author so I don’t know what to expect from her and now I really need to check out her other books. 

Bailey “Mink” Rydell is a classic movie fan who lives at DC with her mother and her new step father. When the relationship between her mother and her step father aren’t working well, Bailey decides to move in to her dad’s house in California, hometown to her Online best friend Alex whose been insisting her to meet him offline at a film festival held in his town. They both know each other by their nicknames Alex and Mink but not by their real names. Before arriving to California, Bailey doesn’t inform Alex of her moving because of a past incident. After a few days at her dad’s home, Bailey gets a summer job at a local tourist museum where she meets Porter Roth, an infuriating yet handsome security guard of the museum who takes great pleasure in riling her up. While working her summer job, Bailey decides to find Alex by herself to make sure he isn’t some creep before meeting him. When Bailey comes to learn more about Porter, her hate turns into attraction and later into something more but what Bailey doesn’t really know is that Porter is actually her Alex. What happens when Alex figures out that his Mink is actually Bailey? 

I really liked Bailey! She’s really fun, sweet and caring character! She mostly likes being alone and calls herself a evader, master of avoiding things or someone. Though she might seem a bit awkward and shy because of her issues, she’s also got a tough side to her that I really liked. Porter Roth is definitely a swoon worthy character with his handsome looks and beautiful sun-kissed curls. Porter comes from a legendary surfer family but after a tragic incident he stopped surfing. I hated him when he acted like an arrogant jerk at the beginning but I slowly grew to love him too. The relationship between Bailey and Porter is so cute and adorable. After an humiliatingly awkward first meeting, Bailey can’t stand to face porter again and tries to avoid him but porter always finds her. I absolutely loved the romance! It is slow burn filled with lots of tension. I enjoyed every interaction between them because they never failed to put a smile on my face and It was fun watching Bailey getting nervous whenever Porter gets into her personal space. Bailey and Porter don’t like each other at first but when they start to get to know about each other, their friendship slowly turns into love which is definitely the best part I loved about this book and I’m so glad this isn’t an insta-love because it would’ve ruined my enjoyability.  As for the secondary characters, I liked Bailey’s sweet Dad and also her friend Grace who is quite fun and sassy. I hated Davy, Porter’s friend who is into drugs and I wasn’t even surprised with the stunt he pulled at the end. 

I liked the plot even though it was predictable. The story was cute, fun, fluffy and totally entertaining. I also liked the movie quotes at the top of each chapter. I’m not a classic movie buff but I enjoyed the Online chats between Alex and Mink.  They’re both adorable nerds. I really missed their chats when they stopped chatting after Bailey and Porter started to like each other. Both of them has their own issues and I was quite surprised with Bailey’s past because I wasn’t really expecting that. The pacing of the story is good and the writing is flawless. The entire book is told from Bailey’s POV[first-person] and I quite enjoyed reading the story from her perspective. 

Overall, I loved it! The story concluded with a dramatic happy ending and it was pretty adorable. I don’t read much contemporaries but I’m glad that I gave this a try.

Recommend it?

I highly recommend this book to everyone! It’s really a good YA contemporary read filled with lots of cuteness, fun, romance and drama.

MY RATING: 4-stars14-stars1 4-stars14-stars1[4/5 Stars]

So, What do you think of this book? Please Feel Free To Comment Below. ❤

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20 thoughts on “Alex, Approximately By Jenn Bennett [Review]

  1. Kelly April 19, 2017 / 11:41 pm

    Awesome review! This is one of those books that I hadn’t expected much from either when I started it, but was completely blown away by how amazing and fun it was. Bailey’s character was just a lot different from typical YA characters that I’ve been reading lately, so it was an enjoyable story with her as the main character. I’m super glad you liked this one, too! It’s a great read for a vacation or the start of summer, that’s for sure.

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    • ravenblake99 April 20, 2017 / 12:43 am

      Thank you! I’m so glad to hear that you loved it as much as I did! It was really a fun book to read and yeah, Bailey’s character is definitely refreshing and I liked how she acted brave at the end despite her fear.


  2. bookwonderlandweb April 19, 2017 / 11:57 pm

    Cute contemporary novels are a huge guilty pleasure of mine and I’m always on the look out for more. Morgan Matson is my favorite contemporary author and I find it hard to get hooked on others since hers are amazing. This sounds pretty good though, I’ll have to give it a read!

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    • ravenblake99 April 20, 2017 / 1:01 am

      I haven’t read any of Morgan Matson’s books but I’ve seen so many readers raving about her books. I have favorite fantasy authors but I don’t have any favorite contemporary authors if the premise of the book intrigues me then I would give it a shot. Alex, Approximately is a cute and fun read and I really hope you enjoy it when you get to it. Let me know what you think of it. 🙂

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  3. Marie April 20, 2017 / 12:49 am

    Such a lovely review! I heard about this book on another blog a couple weeks ago and I was intrigued – hearing that you enjoyed it so much makes me want to read it soooooo badly now ahah. It seems like the kind of book I’d LOVE.

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    • ravenblake99 April 20, 2017 / 1:03 am

      Thank you! This book was so much fun to read and I really hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it! 🙂

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  4. LairOfBooks April 20, 2017 / 1:12 am

    Wonderful review Raven! I heard this one compared to Sleepless in Seattle which is one of my all time favorite movies, can’t wait to read it! I think that’s so cute that the chapters start off with movie quotes, may even recognize some myself lol. Also, Love that its first person POV! looking forward to picking this one up ;0)

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    • ravenblake99 April 22, 2017 / 12:47 am

      Thank you! I think you’ll definitely enjoy reading this book! Despite some cliched parts, it’s totally a fun read. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it! 🙂

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  5. Candid Cover April 20, 2017 / 7:14 am

    This is such a cute story! I am so glad that you enjoyed it. The story was a bit predictable, but it makes for a perfect summer read. Lovely review. 🙂

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    • ravenblake99 April 22, 2017 / 12:42 am

      Thank you! I’m so glad to hear that you liked it too! 🙂


  6. Sophie @ Blame Chocolate April 21, 2017 / 1:03 am

    Oh my God, this one sounds soooo cute! I love a good love-hate relationship, and especially one with a case of mistaken identity.
    Great review, Raven! Another contemporary that will go into my TBR 🙂

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    • ravenblake99 April 22, 2017 / 12:40 am

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy it when you get to it! 🙂


  7. Lashaan (Bookidote) April 22, 2017 / 2:56 am

    Oh, that was a wonderful review! I love how you enjoy the interaction between the characters and the development of their relationship. This also sounds like it has been written really well! 😀

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  8. Jen April 25, 2017 / 1:08 am

    I’m so happy you enjoyed this book, because it sounded so adorable! I’m definitely bumping it up my tbr, thanks Raven!

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    • ravenblake99 April 26, 2017 / 1:11 am

      Thank you! It’s really an adorable read! Hope you enjoy it when you get to it! 🙂

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  9. Summer @ Xingsings May 20, 2017 / 9:44 pm

    My first Jenn Bennett book was her debut, The Anatomical Shape of the Heart, and I really loved it. So I highly recommend that one if you liked this one. About Alex, Approximately… Prior to its release I was super excited for it but I guess I missed the pre-order time period, haha. The premise just sounds so adorable and my type of book. Therefore, I am super happy you enjoyed this so! And I love when YA books feature good family and friend representation. We don’t get enough of good father figures in stories as well as nice girl friends.


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    • ravenblake99 May 22, 2017 / 2:09 am

      I haven’t read the author’s debut novel but I’ve added it to my tbr shelf. Alex Approximately is a fun book to read. I hope you enjoy it when you finally get to read it. 🙂


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