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Alex, Approximately

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So let’s talk about why this book is garbàge, using the Caraval review structure I only whip out when books got a whole lotta sh*t goin' on. 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.

There's a lot of really rich detail, from the location it takes place to the museum where Bailey, Grace and Porter work, to the references to all the films they love. 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 can be deceptive, perhaps the characters actually FINDING OUT THE TRUTH OR SOMETHING. Gleichzeitig aber sucht sie auch nach Alex, ihrem Chat-Freund, den sie zwar noch nie gesehen hat, mit dem sie aber auch eine enge Freundschaft verbindet. Bailey has just moved in to her dad’s place in California, and a lot of her growth is focused around this setting.I was expecting Porter to be a great guy, but I was still surprised by how much I wound up loving him. This is a book that I'll be reading over and over again: when I need a pick me up or to get out of a slump or just need to grin like a loon the way I am right now. If we travel back in time to the year 2015, young Marta was doing nothing but reading YA romance novels. As with the characters and the setting, the relationships in Alex, Approximately were also a highlight for me. Her books have earned multiple starred reviews, been Goodreads Choice Award Nominees, and have been included on annual Best Books lists from Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly.

To top it all off, neither Porter nor Bailey knows the true identity of the other, leading to some peak YA romance and turmoil.We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. So, yes, it’s not hard to see where Alex, Approximately is going and readers spend the majority of the novel waiting for Bailey and Porter to catch up and make the connection for themselves, which can prove to be frustrating. Classic movie buff Bailey "Mink" Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online by "Alex.

As she futilely attempts to find Alex via chat-transcript clues, readers will figure out his identity long before she does. A summer job at a local museum has Bailey finding a new best friend in spunky, British Grace, and a new nemesis in Porter, a security guard and member of a legendary--and plagued by tragedy--surfer family.

As far as young adult contemporary romances go, Alex, Approximately ticks pretty much all of the right boxes from the get-go; throw in the fact that author Jenn Bennett drew inspiration from the romantic classic film You’ve Got Mail too, and what we’re left with is a very cute and heartwarming novel that, while a little too formulaic, doesn’t actually go too far wrong. Nevertheless, these quotes and references at the very least add to the characters’ personalities if not the plot itself. 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 which old film brings the ~romantic interests~ together, I had to be in.

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