Alex Approximately by Jenn Bennet: YA-novel review
Okay, I’m going to say this right away: Alex Approximately caused my first book hangover in about one and a half years.
Most book hangovers are caused by great books, just like it did in this case. Before I’ll say anything else, here is the synopsis and my book review (without spoilers)
Synopsis from Goodreads of Alex Approximately: 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 a 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.
The book review of Alex Approximately
Are there really any negatives, you might think. Well, there was, until I just looked up the synopsis on Goodreads.
What I wanted to say that it was kind of predictable. Okay, very predictable, but I don’t necessarily think it’s a bad thing. Any way, turns out the synopsis on Goodreads gives the biggest spoiler and I’m happy I didn’t read that before I started the book. (I took it out of the synopsis in this blog post, because this is really already enough information to want to read the book right?!)
One other negative is a scene that could have been left out. It’s towards the end and involves one of Porter’s former friends. I think it has some meaning, but nothing major comes from it, so I think it should have been deleted. Just to make the story more real and enjoyable.
This book, you guys… It’s so perfect. It’s the right amount of cute, awkward and deep.
The two main characters are so fun. Bailey is very relatable and has a great character development in the book. She has her demons and insecurities, which makes her all the more real to me.
Porter is the kind of guy you fall in love with and tell your friends you have a book boyfriend. He just acts like all the girls want. A knight in shining armor, on a surf board instead of a white horse. Of course he also has his demons, and because they both do, it brings this story to the next level.
The relationship I like most in the book is the one between Bailey and her father. He’s a single dad who all of a sudden has his teenage daughter living with him, but it doesn’t go the way you think that would go. I loved that.
The other relationship is of course the one between Porter and Bailey. Without saying too much, you can just feel the tension and sparks in all the words they say.
Other notable things
Like I said, the problems the main characters have are big and add a layer of depth to the otherwise fun and fluffy story. Personally, I really like this.
The writing is also note-worthy, because you just fly through the pages and from letter one are taking in the story.
Final rating on Alex Approximately
A book hangover, almost no negatives. You guessed it, I gave it 5 stars!
Which book do you think I should read next?