posted at Friday, April 21st, 2017 at 9:47 AM | Reviews, Young Adult
Published by Simon Pulse on April 4, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Amazon • The Book Depository
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.
Early last year, I read my first Jenn Bennett novel, her YA debut The Anatomical Shape of a Heart, and I loved it SO much that I read five books and a novella by Bennett in 2016. I’ve got three more backlist adult urban fantasy novels waiting for me, but my special love thus far are her young adult novels. If you read The Anatomical Shape of a Heart and loved it, you will absolutely not want to miss Alex, Approximately. Once again, Bennett delivers an OTP-level ship, excellent family feels, and a voice that charms from the very first page.