Review: Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
Paperback, Exclusive Target Paperback Edition, 388 pages
Published April 4th, 2017 by Simon Pulse
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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 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. 

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.

My thoughts…

Bailey Rydell ‘Mink’ has been messaging a classic movie fan named Alex online for some time now, they form an easy friendship by having so much in common. After a traumatic experience earlier in her life, Bailey is extremely guarded about giving out personal information over the internet or getting too close to anyone. She didn’t expect to feel this closeness to Alex.

Alex and Bailey’s father live in the same city in California, when Bailey makes the decision to move across the country to live with her father, she doesn’t tell Alex because she’s worried they won’t have a connection in real life. She decides she’ll find him first by using bits and pieces of information she has learned since messaging him. Once she finds him, she’ll tell Alex that she is Mink.

Bailey gets a summer job working at a museum where she meets Porter Roth. Porter the grandson and son of famous surfers, security guard, good looking and the most annoying and intolerable coworker. As Bailey and Porter get to know each other, feelings start to develop along with a strong attraction. Little does she know that Porter is Alex, just as he has no idea that Bailey is Mink.

Bailey is smart and sort of awkward, a little nerdy and would rather be alone most of the time. She loves classic movies, dressing and styling her hair like the classic beauty queen Lana Turner. Porter definitely takes notice that she is beautiful and unique. He reminds me of a little boy who teases the little girl he likes, and does he tease Bailey which makes her so angry. Porter was flirty with Bailey in the beginning, then he realizes that he likes her and there is something more happening between them, he becomes so sweet, caring and thoughtful. All he asks for is honesty between them.

“Bailey, I've BEEN yours. I've just been waiting for you to make up your mind.”
Jenn Bennett, Alex, Approximately

I adored the relationship between Alex & Mink and Porter & Bailey, also the relationship that Mink had with her father. Porter and Bailey each deal with their personal traumas and how they allowed themselves to move forward together. This book did deal with some tough issues, but I felt all the issues were addressed appropriately.

“Sometimes you have to endure painful things to realize that you're a whole lot stronger than you think.” Jenn Bennett, Alex, Approximately

I truly enjoyed this, even more than I was expecting to enjoy it. I recommend Alex, Approximately for all those who enjoy young adult contemporary romances. A five sugary sweet churro stars.

Happy Reading -J 


  1. Glad you liked this one too! I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did but this one really sneaks up on you doesn't it! Also, I loved all the movie references and would love to watch a movie on the beach :)

    1. Almost everyone I talked to mentioned how much they enjoyed, I was happy that I did read it. I would really like to read The Anatomical Shape of a Heart
      by Jenn Bennett, I hear good things about that book as well. Have a wonderful day.

  2. This sounds like an adorable read. It's been on my Goodreads list for a while now. Glad to see you enjoyed this one so much.

    1. I'm looking forward to reading more books by Jenn Bennett. Have a wonderful day and thank you for visiting.