Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Alex, Approximately

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...

Details Alex, Approximately

TitleAlex, Approximately
Release DateApr 4th, 2017
PublisherSimon Pulse
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Reviews Alex, Approximately

  • emma
    I’M HONESTLY EMBARRASSED THAT I WAS SO EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK.Like...I hate books that are cringey, and I hate books that are pretentious, but it’s so rare for me to get the opportunity to hate one that is BOTH! God. I’m someone who is extremely susceptible to the charms of an old movie, so when I saw that there was, essentially, a retelling of You’ve Got Mail (a fairly good movie, I guess) in...
  • Cait • A Page with a View
    THIS WAS SO ADORABLE. It's basically a YA retelling of You've Got Mail set in California with surfers, pastries, fog, and museums. So that just hit a ton of checks on the list of things I adore. I loved the characters and thought the whole story would make such a cute movie. But ok... whyyyyyy did this book never reference The Shop Around the Corner?!? The two main characters are obsessed with classic films and basically mention every major movie...
  • L A i N E Y
    Bailey Rydell is an evader.Me: Oh dear, 'relatibility' = 0 → 100% in 3 seconds flat. Speaking as someone who in high school have literally run away from who she was currently in 'relationship' with. And this happened more times than I cared to share, suffice to say my friends were utterly baffled. It was très complicated, let us say. And I may or may not still be that girl when it comes to relationships but I digress ....Alex, approximately: s...
  • Warda
    I mean, I couldn’t stop grinning and feeling things about this book!I love Jenn Bennett. Definitely one of my favourite contemporary authors now. Bailey was relatable as hell. Especially her way of avoiding shit and not being able to confront her own feelings. I loved that she was into movies, dressed quirky, her relationship with her dad and how she slowly started to open up and accept her flaws. Porter, dear god. Why are fictional boys so dam...
  • Heather
    LOVED this! 4.5/ 5One of my new favorite contemporaries!
  • Sana
    Okay I've heard so much about this book and how it's a YA, cute ass retelling of You've Got Mail and I reallllly wanted to read it. But like,,,, I never watched you've got mail UNTIL I DECIDED TO READ THIS BOOK.Anyways, I watched the movie then I read the book and I thought the movie was much better. This is honestly cute and all, but not a memorable read. Just a small list of things I liked:-P O R T E R -He can come marry me like YUM.-GIRLS DONT...
  • may ❀
    Buddy read with the walking spoiler and the walking spoiler jr. I swear, I don’t think a You’ve Got Mail retelling CAN go wrong. Reasons Why this Book is the Greatest™- It’s a YOU’VE GOT MAIL RETELLING- Bailey is relatable as hell- IT’S GENUINELY FUNNY- Porter Roth owns my heart- #FRIENDSHIP- Bailey’s dad - Porter Roth’s face- I’M TRASH- IT’S SO ADDICTIVE YOU CANT STOP READING- OR SQUEALING- HONESTLY- DO YOURSELF A FAVOUR...
  • Christy
    4.5 stars!! The one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet. Alex, Approximately is the second book I've read from Jenn Bennett and I think I loved it even more than the first. Both of this author's YA novels have been huge wins for me. I hope she continues to write more of these charming, heart felt, and addicting coming of age stories! Bailey Rydell moves across the country to live ...
  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    After trying unsuccessfully to read this one for months, I FINALLY pushed myself through it and ended up really enjoying it! Jenn Bennett is definitely a new contemporary fav.
  • Tweebs♥️ (semi-hiatus)
    “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.” (╥﹏╥)(╥﹏╥)(╥﹏╥)(╥﹏╥)(╥﹏╥)Guys, I had enough of this. I'm on strike. I keep picking up these books that somehow leave me in a messy puddle of FEELS.what did I do in Life to deserve this??? Anyway. A GUIDE TO WHY YOU SHOULD...
  • Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
    Maybe Walt Whitman was right. We all really do contradict ourselves and contain multitudes. How do we even figure out who we really are? I'm not going to lie-I'd much rather be writing about a book I've read closer to this moment, but if I don't go back and write reviews for all the books I've read-and loved-in the past few months, it will make me CRAZY (Well, crazier than usual...). Alex, Approximately was one of those books that you read quick...
  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
    1.5 stars to 2 stars. Oh boy, how dense can a person be? SPOILER ALERT : Very. But we'll get back to that. Ultimately, Alex, Approximately reminded me why I didn't do so-called "cute" YA romance anymore, being that whole annoying package and all : 1) The plot lacked substance. Or, rather, I feel like I've been misled, because somehow I thought that I'd get a)funny online convos, b)some kind of TENSION with the slow realization that appearances ca...
  • Stacee
    I didn't even need to read the synopsis of this book. I wanted it from Jenn Bennett's name and my undying love for her other YA book, The Anatomical Shape of a Heart. I went in completely blind and utterly fell in love.Bailey is my kind of girl. She's smart and sort of awkward and would rather be alone the majority of the time. She loves classic movies and dressing like Lana Turner and why aren't we BFFs already. Porter? Yeah, I don't even know w...
  • Anja H.
    *4.25 APPROXIMATE STARS* “Sometimes you have to endure painful things to realize that you're a whole lot stronger than you think.” Yep, I think I might have found one of my new favorite authors guys!I totally loved and enjoyed this, probably even more than Starry Eyes, which I already adored. I can't wait to read her other books!
  • Danielle (Love at First Page)
    4.5-5 starsLooooooved. YA romance at its finest. Porter is ALL THE SWOONS.
  • nick
    4.5/5There are just certain YA books that absolutely blow me away with how readable they are. Jenn Bennett’s The Anatomical Shape of a Heart was one of those books for me. I didn’t think it was possible for the author to write another book even better than that one, but Jenn Bennett completely wowed me with Alex, Approximately. It’s the sort of book that is so hard to put down that you decide to forego all your chores, and in the end, you d...
  • alexandra ling
    i binged this in a day and i'm hopelessly, horribly obsessed. i've already reread some of my favorite parts three times and I CAN'T DEAL WITH MY EMOTIONS. this is way too cute. :''')full review to come!!
  • شيماء ✨
    i can't wait to not relate to this review when i'm not so stoned on caffein i could taste the colour of the stars’ tears....but everything is just so nice lmaolike man!! i'm feeling so corny right now just thinking about this book, i have fresh coffee and a healthy snack (cleverly disguised as chocolate bars) and i'm afraid the two worlds will collidealso, i've legit been thinking about how someone's going to fall in love with me someday and i...
  • prag ♻
    A 4 step guide for how to write a 5 star book: Step #1: Take the best movie to ever exist (You've Got Mail) (Trust me on this one.)Step #2: Recreate it in book form. Remember, this is the important one. Don't mess it up like Julie Buxbaum did. Of course, added levels of hilarity and a swoonworthy love interest wouldn't hurt.Step #3: Add to the story a hint of charm and a Relatable™ af narrator.Step #4: Throw in a reference to the movie mentione...
  • Ashley
    Hello, perfection.Books like this make me think the world might actually be pretty great.
  • Surina
    Okay, so this book? The perfect beach read. I couldn’t put it down. Honestly, I looked at the blurb for this and was like “Meh.” I mean, it sounded super cliche and over-the-top romance-y. But even though I low-key hate cliches, I always have to buy books like these just in case there are hidden gems out there. I hit a jackpot. Jenn Bennett somehow managed to spin straw (aka an overdone cliche) into gold with her words.Bailey and I hit off ...
  • emi
    2.75/5 stars. Okay, so don’t let the low star rating fool you. I did like this book a lot. I’d probably recommend it to someone who isn’t an avid reader. I just had problems with it.I hate comparing books to one another. I really do. I mean, the next time I see a “the next Hunger Games” comparison I might just burn something down. Yet, I couldn’t help it with this book. While I did enjoy it, I would have liked it a lot more if I hadn...
  • Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
    Alex, Approximately is a modern re-telling of You’ve Got Mail. I love that movie, so I knew I needed to read this book! Seventeen year old Bailey regularly chats on an online movie discussion group using the screen name Mink. She often chats with a boy who goes by the name Alex. Alex and Bailey’s dad live in the same city, but when Bailey makes the choice to move across the country to live with her father, she doesn’t tell Alex because she...
  •  dianneugh
    3.75 stars "I'm scared," I tell him, "of what I feel when I'm around you. I'm scared of what I want from you, and I don't know how to ask for it." This book is so fluffy and at the same time, confusing for me. I liked it because it just has the right amount of cheesiness that I love, and Porter—oh my gosh—that boy was just what my heart needs. I think people who will get to reading this will absolutely know from the start what is going to ...
  • Jasmine
    Alex, Approximately is a book about two people who were meant to be together got lost and found, and lost and then found again. Bailey “Mink” Rydell was a seventeen-year-old “Artful Dodger,” who excelled in avoiding awkward moments or embarrassing conversations. In fact, she was a professional evader when it comes to reality and actual interaction with people. That’s the thing about being an evader. You have to be flexible and know wh...
  • Kate (GirlReading)
    4.5* With an adorable romance, film references, wonderful characters and the Californian sun, Jenn Bennett has once again written a winning contemporary with Alex, Approximately.This was such an enjoyable read. The characters were witty and complex, with flaws and genuine personality. The multiple relationship dynamics were fantastic, from friendship to family to romance. Having visited a few of the locations in this book, my heart had a very hap...
  • Sophia
    first 75%: holy wow i'm so addicted this book is so fun and surprisingly serious but also so fun wow last 25%: i didn't realize i could feel this much annoyance from something that used to bring me such joy really great characters, lots of humor, cute chemistry, but then towards the climax, i feel like jenn bennett added drama for the sake of adding drama. character motivations were unconvincing, melodrama was more than lorde could dream of, and ...
  • Kylie Amber
    This book is so good. It’s very summery and sweet but also has that dark secret in the background. Definitely pick this up for a fast paced read.
  • ELLIAS (elliasreads)
    Oh man....You know, let me just start off by saying that book's cover doesn't match the book's doesn't feel like its part of the book?? But I thought I was going to get a corny ass YA romance story but bRUH . It. Was. REALLY. GOOD. Let me list off a few things that surprised me (and trust me, I was fucking surprised):1) it's in freaking sunny California. (Really biased towards this one because I live in California YASSS). And finally ...
  • Emer
    First up. This isn't a YA retelling of the awesomeness that is You've Got Mail. NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!It's inspired by it yes, but it's hella different soooo give up the idea that this is Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan with bouquets of sharpened pencils and we are good to go. *sad face* Okay???? *deep breath* Okay then!!!!Because otherwise..... THIS IS SOOOOOO FREAKING ADORABLE!!!! I feel like I just read a book about puppies and unicorns and sunshine and lol...