Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
Young Adult Contemporary
Simon Pulse | April 4, 2017
For a book I randomly picked up at Target, that was amazing! I was afraid all those glowing reviews were going to be a fluke, but Alex, Approximately was as good as everyone is saying. I was hooked from chapter one and so addicted to the story it was creeping into my dreams at night. Those are my favorite books. I want the story to wreck havoc on my sleep!
The cool thing about reading Alex, Approximately was how I started off not liking either main character. I think Bailey’s mindset was too much like my own, basically all the things that annoy me about myself, so it was hard to like her. Then Porter was such a douche canoe in his first few scenes. I’m not a fan of those who think it’s funny to embarrass people. (It probably made me extra annoyed because Bailey did remind me of myself, and I could easily imagine all the face burning shame she felt.) Of course, my initial dislike made their slow reconciliation so much better! Despite my early reservations, I found myself falling for Porter right along with Bailey. And Bailey, well I also recognized in her the same strength I’ve found in myself, the strength to pull out of a negative learned behaviors. She grew on me quickly.
One could argue that the plot of the story was a little much, with both Bailey and Porter’s back stories, and then throwing Davy into the mix. I think I could have been one of those arguing it, except the romance was so flipping fantastic I just didn’t care about anything else. I loved every one of Porter and Bailey’s interactions, and I loved how Bailey’s internal dialogue was so realistic. At nearly 18 years old, she made jokes to herself about lust and sex, deciding when the time would be right for herself, and through the whole thing she was just super funny. It’s a good thing too, because Porter was incredibly witty. She needed to be able to keep up, if we were gonna believe them together.
I was looking for a YA You’ve Got Mail and I think I mostly got it. It had the same level of anticipation, but still light, sweet, and fluffy. It made me happy, like only YA Contemporary Romance can.
I am so glad Alex, Approximately jumped off the store shelf and into my life.