Book Review: Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
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?
I received a review copy of Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennet from Simon and Schuster in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way influcued my thoughts and feelings about the book.
Over the last couple of months, I’ve been hearing a lot of things about Alex, Approximately. And gosh did it live up to its hype. Alex, Approximately is fun, heartfelt and put a smile on my face. With friendship, romance, family and hidden identities, you are in for a ride.
Alex, Approximately follows protagonist Bailey as she moves to California to live with her father. But she isn’t just about to move across the country, she is moving to the same place as the ‘Alex’ the guy she has been talking to online for quite some time. However, she hasn’t told him. Then she gets a job at the local museum, but she had a major dislike for Porter – or does she?
I cannot explain how much I loved this book. From the first page, I was enthralled and taken on a journey with Bailey as she begins her new journey.
I totally clicked with Bailey as a protagonist and I immediately wanted to take this journey with her and wanted to know what was going to happen next. I loved that she was hesitant, that she wasn’t sure of herself or even where she wanted to go. When Bailey questioned who she was and her passion for movies and what they explore was so fun to see.
Can Porter please be mine…please? From the get go, I was intrigued by Porter. His working in a museum, but from the outside he doesn’t seem the type. But as the novel goes on and Bailey gets to know him. Everything unfolds. Porter is so sweet! At times he is shy but then acts as the ‘popular guy.’ I loved the interaction not just between Porter and Bailey, but everyone else. He is so full of love and compassion and he is fun.
The romance was adorable. Porter and Bailey have to be on my otp list. I loved the innocents between the two. From the start, you could tell they cared for one another but didn’t realise it. I loved seeing their relationship unfold and see their feelings come to the surface.
I loved the concept of this book. I’ve meet a lot of my friends via social media so it was nice to see it shown in a positive light. Yes, it can be horrible talking to people online and it not being them. But, the relationship that Alex and Minx have is adorable. I love that they share a love for movies and their conversations are so cute.
Alex, Approximately also has a good sense of family and friendship throughout. I loved Bailey’s relationship with her father, even though at the start they are getting used to each other again. I loved the banter between the two. However, what was up with her mother? Where was she?
Overall, Alex, Approximately was a fantastic read. From the first chapter, I was invested with the characters and I wanted to know their stories. I wanted them to fall in love, and make friendships. Alex, Approximately explores the notions of love, family and finding yourself. With intriguing characters, a plot that had you on the edge of your seat and writing that kept you right there. It’s a must-read for those who love a little romance and friendship that has been built for a while.
I could write so much more about this book, but please do pick it up and read it. Have you read Alex, Approximately yet? What did you think of it? Are you planning on reading it? Let’s Chat!