Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

September 22nd, 2017 kimbacaffeinate Review 25 Comments

22nd Sep
Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
Alex, Approximately
by Jenn Bennett
Published by: Tantor
Narrator: Amy Melissa Bentley
Length: 9 hours and 58 minutes
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
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* Caffeinated Warning: I personally recommend NOT reading the synopsis. In my opinion, it gives too much away. *

Classic movie buff Bailey "Mink" Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online by "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 arch-nemesis. 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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I very rarely pick up a young adult contemporary, but once in a while a fellow blogger’s comments, or in this case, the voices of many drove me to do so. ALEX, APPROXIMATELY by Jenn Bennett was absolutely delightful! Witty and realistic with friendships and romances that were messy and beautiful. Grab it, whether you are young or young at heart.

Caffeinated Reasons to listen to Alex, Approximately

  • I loved the setup for ALEX, APPROXIMATELY and I am glad I went into this blind without reading the synopsis. Bennett breathed life into the premise and indeed delivered a heartfelt coming of age story that was refreshing and original.
  • Bailey “Mink” Rydell was such a breath of fresh air. She is starting over when she moves in with her Dad, after a very traumatic incident on the East coast. Bailey sees this as a chance to grow and be the person she wants, rather than simply standing on the sidelines or running away. She is adorable, awkward and very real.
  • Portor was a teenage girls dream guy. He is swoony with his facial scruff, shyness and over the top lines. Every time he was present I just couldn’t help but smile. I loved how patient he was, and he made both Alex and I laugh with his quizzes, thoughtful gestures, and adorkableness.
  • Secondary characters from the old man at the museum to Grace, Bailey’s new friend added depth. I adored Grace and would love to see a story dedicated solely to her. Diversity, parental involvement, frank discussions, and reliable role models made this a win. The story was balanced, for instance, Bailey’s Dad is very involved, and her mother not so much, but it was addressed and not as a poor reflection of who Bailey is.
  • The romance was realistic from misunderstandings to open honesty. This novel is sex-positive, from discussions beforehand to birth control. It touches on masturbation, self-discovery and doing what is right for you. I would not hesitate to allow my young teen to read this, and would enjoy the conversations it brought forth.
  • The story offers depth and is the perfect coming of age story. For fans of the movie, “You’ve Got Mail,” you will adore the chapter intros and references to this film and more. Bailey is a movie buff, and I loved discovering all the hidden and not so hidden references.
  • The California setting screams summer, beach, and sun. From the surf shops to local food carts you’ll feel transported by Bennett’s visuals.
  • I saw a little of myself in Bailey. She is the type of character you can relate to, in fact, many of the characters were. Bennett made them all realistic, but not cliche’ and it is what made the story come to life.
  • Amy Melissa Bentley was the perfect narrator for Bailey’s story. She nailed Bailey from her mannerisms to her feelings. She enhanced awkward moments and tender ones. I felt her panic, joy, and uncertainty. Her male voices were well done, and I swooned over Porter.  ALEX, APPROXIMATELY, was made for audio.

ALEX, APPROXIMATELY, left me grinning like a fool.  Now I am going to have to read THE ANATOMICAL SHAPE OF A HEART; rumor has it it’s even better. If you can believe that! I should tell you I have read and enjoyed Bennet’s adult novels especially her Roaring Twenties series with its mystery, paranormal elements, and romance.

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About Jenn Bennett

JENN BENNETT is an artist and author who writes books for adults and teens, including the RITA-nominated Roaring Twenties series (Bitter Spirits, Berkley Sensation) and the Arcadia Bell UF series (Kindling the Moon, Pocket Books). Her first YA contemporary romance, The Anatomical Shape of a Heart, (aka Night Owls in the UK) will be released in fall 2015. She lives near Atlanta with one husband and two evil pugs.

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25 Responses to “Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett”

  1. Geybie's Book Blog

    Oh wow, MINE. Sounds SO good. I love stories that are original. Offering something I haven’t read before. I’ll check out this book and the author. Thanks for recommending this book, Kim. Fantastic review. ❤️

  2. Debbie Haupt

    Wow Kim you really loved this. I’m like you and don’t usually like YA except the occasional fantasy/UF. And I just hate it when the premise gives too much away. Sometimes when I’m reviewing a book and look at the premise its like wow that didn’t even happen until the end of the book why is that included. Great review

  3. Sarah

    I loved this one too! And I have to agree about the setting. Made me want to travel. Her other YA is a total treat too. I cannot wait to read her new one.

  4. Tasya

    Glad you enjoyed it! I think it’s one of the best books I read this year. The setting was perfect, the romance and friendship were cute, and Bailey has such an amazing relationship with her dad! I agree about the synopsis though, it spoils too much!

  5. Jennifer

    I really enjoy Bennett’s Roaring Twenties series and I keep meaning to try her YA books. Like you I rarely pick up YA books, especially contemporary ones. But after enjoying a few lately (Autoboygraphy by Christian Lauren (LOVE LOVE LOVE) and any title by Jeff Zentzer) I’ll add this one to my library wishlist.

    Jennifer recently posted: Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
  6. lisa thomson

    This sounds like a good one, Kim. I’m interested in the Roaring Twenties series, now that you mention it here. I’ve never heard of this author and as always, am grateful for you reviews and introducing me to new writers.

    lisa thomson recently posted: Laugh Until It’s Funny

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