Book Talk: Alex, Approximately by Jen Bennett

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Alex, Approximately isn’t what I expected. I liked it but not a lot. It was an enjoyable read but not too much. I think you at least get what I mean here. It was good while it lasted.

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.


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  • Let’s go to the good points first. I liked the cute scenes ‘coz there are definitely some really good ones in there. I liked how it reintroduced me to young love once more.
  • If you’re a total movie geek, you’re going to devour this!
  • Porter Roth is the perfect LI for this story. He’s such a charmer.

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  • I liked Bailey for her wit  and just her overall geekiness, but she’s just one that is so  forgettable.
  • It hasn’t offered anything new? I know the characters have their own scars to mend from some really devastating past experiences, and that’s supposed to give it a little more twist than your typical YA contemporary, but it just didn’t hit the bullseye this time. It was just that – typical.
  • Like I said in one of my Goodreads statuses, easily forgettable. I could stop reading in the middle of the book and and I could still go on with y life not knowing what happened to Bailey and Porter.
  • The online aspect could have been used to manipulate so many aspects of the story but it wasn’t. It’s like it was just brought up in the end to be some sort of a closing thread to tie everything up.


Have you read Alex, Approximately? I really wanted to like it but it just came out dragging and I just wanted to finish it fast. Then again, I’m not a ver reliable YA contemporary reader here so don’t let me talk you out of reading this. Like I said, if you’re a huge movie buff, this is so for you!

Let’s talk in the comments!



11 thoughts on “Book Talk: Alex, Approximately by Jen Bennett

    1. Thanks, Blessie! I badly wanted to like Alex, Approximately to be honest. It just kinda fell short for me 😉 But I would love to try Jenn Bennett one more time! Added in my TBR 😉


    1. Hi Shaine!! Thanks, saw your review about it too and I must say we have the same feelings towards this book. It wasn’t super bad, but you gotta admit it doesn’t offer something new either.

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    1. Thank you, AJ! I only have a Kindle copy, though (thank god!). But yay, book swaping sounds awesome, I’ve never done one before. Tell me if you have some titles to swap! 🙂

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      1. I’ve been swapping with some Goodreads friends since early last year. It’s a really awesome way to get new books without spending too much. hehe. I do have a few titles. Let me know if you have too I haven’t read yet.^^
        – Wonder by R.J. Palacio
        – Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg
        – When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandha Menon
        – This is How it Happened by Paula Stokes
        – The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

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        1. Ohmy AJ, I just saw this now! Lemme check my shelf when I get home later for the titles I’m ready swap! 🙂 This is so exciting! 🙂


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