Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett | Book Review



For the past few months, Bailey has been talking to a boy through a film lovers app. And, he has quickly become one of her favorite people, despite not even knowing his real name. All she knows is he lives on the West Coast in California. Which is great, considering she has just moved from DC to California to live with her father. Bailey, however, hasn’t told her online crush about her recent move because she fears who he might turn out to be in reality. In the meantime, Bailey has recently gotten a job at a local museum, and one of her coworkers has been giving her a hard time since she started the job. She and Porter have quickly become archenemies. However, there is a thin line between love and hate. And the boy she has been at odds with might just be the guy of her dreams.

Let me start by saying, wow. This book was so good. I had been wanting to pick up and read this book all summer, so when I was finally able to do so, I was so excited. I had high expectations for this book, and they were all met! When I finished this book, I loved it so much that I wanted to immediately reread it! (and I eventually did so). I read the little description on Goodreads prior to reading this book, so I knew what I was going to be getting myself into. There were a few surprises that were revealed throughout the book, but the plot was pretty accurate to how it was described.

One of my favorite aspects of the book was the character themselves. All of the characters had their own flaws and were extremely relatable. Also, I loved and related so much to Bailey. She is described to have classy style and ‘champagne taste’, but she still did not put up with anyone’s cruel attitudes towards her. Sure, she was shy and extremely introverted, but when her and Porter were alone together she had no problem dishing comebacks to Porter’s insults. I also loved Porter and Bailey’s relationship. I am a sucker for a love-hate relationship story and this one was written so well, I had a little girly smile on my face basically the whole time I was reading this book.

Another thing that made this book great was it talked about uncommon issues that do happen today, but it did it in such a casual way that you got to see the characters grow instead of dwell on their issues. It even mentioned what happens when someone falls into the wrong crowd without actually having the main character fall down the wrong path.

The only thing I did not love about this book was that it had a few scenes that felt a little juvenile. I get it, it is a YA book. But the characters, at a time or two, acted immature and it just felt more young than what I would have wanted. There was only a scene or two that this really happened so it wasn’t something that was constantly reoccurring.

Overall, I loved this book so much. I have already reread it and I will probably reread it again in the future. I highly recommend it to anyone who is in need of a good romance novel or wants a last minute summer read. I would give this book 5 stars for sure just because it completely captivated my heart.