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Alex, Approximately

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  20,968 ratings  ·  3,526 reviews
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 i
Hardcover, 391 pages
Published April 4th 2017 by Simon Pulse
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Helen I would say this book is just right for someone of that age, but it depends on the individual, obviously. At your age, I would have enjoyed this story…moreI would say this book is just right for someone of that age, but it depends on the individual, obviously. At your age, I would have enjoyed this story and its realistic (and relatively mature) treatment of a developing teen romance. When I was 10, most of my classmates and I were devouring Christopher Pike's pulpy thriller books one by one, and those books contain casual sex with strangers as well as dangerous/glamorized drug use. This book, Alex Approximately, is mature, authentic about such situations, and vague enough -- I think Bailey and her friends are decent role models.(less)
Jenn Hi! Some book bloggers/reviewers/people with Netgalley accounts are reading ARCs (advance review copies) distributed by my publisher. Some readers…moreHi! Some book bloggers/reviewers/people with Netgalley accounts are reading ARCs (advance review copies) distributed by my publisher. Some readers have won advance copies through Goodreads giveaways. Some readers in other countries (like Germany) are reading translations that published before the official U.S. release date, April 4, 2017. Hope that helps!(less)
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Like...I hate books that are cringey, and I hate books that are pretentious, but it’s so rare for me to get the opportunity to hate one that is BOTH!

Ughhhh. God. 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,
Cait • A Page with a View
THIS WAS SO ADORABLE. It's basically a YA retelling of You've Got Mail set in California with surfers, pastries, fog, and museums. So that just hit a ton of checks on the list of things I adore.

I loved the characters and thought the whole story would make such a cute movie. But ok... whyyyyyy did this book never reference The Shop Around the Corner?!? The two main characters are obsessed with classic films and basically mention every major movie EXCEPT for the actual one that You've Got Mail wa
L A i N E Y
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to L A i N E Y by: Tweebs☯

Bailey Rydell is an evader.

Me: Oh dear, 'relatibility' = 0 → 100% in 3 seconds flat.

Speaking as someone who in high school have literally run away from who she was currently in 'relationship' with. And this happened more times than I cared to share, suffice to say my friends were utterly baffled. It was très complicated, let us say. And I may or may not still be that girl when it comes to relationships but I digress ....

Alex, approximately: super cute & funny YA contemporary with flowing fi
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I mean, I couldn’t stop grinning and feeling things about this book!
I love Jenn Bennett. Definitely one of my favourite contemporary authors now.
Bailey was relatable as hell. Especially her way of avoiding shit and not being able to confront her own feelings.
I loved that she was into movies, dressed quirky, her relationship with her dad and how she slowly started to open up and accept her flaws.

Porter, dear god. Why are fictional boys so damn swoon-worthy? I was getting flustered because of t
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
LOVED this! 4.5/ 5
One of my new favorite contemporaries!
Okay I've heard so much about this book and how it's a YA, cute ass retelling of You've Got Mail and I reallllly wanted to read it. But like,,,, I never watched you've got mail UNTIL I DECIDED TO READ THIS BOOK.

Anyways, I watched the movie then I read the book and I thought the movie was much better.

This is honestly cute and all, but not a memorable read.

Just a small list of things I liked:
-P O R T E R
-He can come marry me like YUM.
may ❀

Buddy read with the walking spoiler and the walking spoiler jr.

I swear, I don’t think a You’ve Got Mail retelling CAN go wrong.


Reasons Why this Book is the Greatest™
- Bailey is relatable as hell
- Porter Roth owns my heart
- Bailey’s dad
- Porter Roth’s face

I want to spend the rest of my life searching for Y
4.5 stars!!

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The one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.

Alex, Approximately is the second book I've read from Jenn Bennett and I think I loved it even more than the first. Both of this author's YA novels have been huge wins for me. I hope she continues to write more of these charming, heart felt, and addicting coming of age stories!

Bailey Rydell moves across the country to live with her dad. She has a thing for old movies and is in a
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
After trying unsuccessfully to read this one for months, I FINALLY pushed myself through it and ended up really enjoying it! Jenn Bennett is definitely a new contemporary fav.
Tweebs♥️ (semi-hiatus)
“And not after, when we’re clinging to each other like the world just fell apart and is slowly clicking back together, piece by piece, breath by breath . . . heartbeat by beautiful heartbeat.”


Guys, I had enough of this. I'm on strike. I keep picking up these books that somehow leave me in a messy puddle of FEELS.

what did I do in Life to deserve this???



1. It's really addictive like oh my gosh IS THIS WHAT CRACK FEELS LIK
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤

Maybe Walt Whitman was right. We all really do contradict ourselves and contain multitudes. How do we even figure out who we really are?

I'm not going to lie-I'd much rather be writing about a book I've read closer to this moment, but if I don't go back and write reviews for all the books I've read-and loved-in the past few months, it will make me CRAZY (Well, crazier than usual...). Alex, Approximately was one of those books that you read quickly-but not like your typical YA contemp-you don
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

1.5 stars to 2 stars. Oh boy, how dense can a person be? SPOILER ALERT : Very. But we'll get back to that. Ultimately, Alex, Approximately reminded me why I didn't do so-called "cute" YA romance anymore, being that whole annoying package and all :

1) The plot lacked substance. 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 FI
I didn't even need to read the synopsis of this book. I wanted it from Jenn Bennett's name and my undying love for her other YA book, The Anatomical Shape of a Heart. I went in completely blind and utterly fell in love.

Bailey is my kind of girl. She's smart and sort of awkward and would rather be alone the majority of the time. She loves classic movies and dressing like Lana Turner and why aren't we BFFs already. Porter? Yeah, I don't even know where to start with this boy. He's swoony to begin
Anja H.
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it

“Sometimes you have to endure painful things to realize that you're a whole lot stronger than you think.”

Yep, I think I might have found one of my new favorite authors guys!
I totally loved and enjoyed this, probably even more than Starry Eyes, which I already adored. I can't wait to read her other books!


There are just certain YA books that absolutely blow me away with how readable they are. Jenn Bennett’s The Anatomical Shape of a Heart was one of those books for me. I didn’t think it was possible for the author to write another book even better than that one, but Jenn Bennett completely wowed me with Alex, Approximately. It’s the sort of book that is so hard to put down that you decide to forego all your chores, and in the end, you don’t even care, because reading the book was an indescri
alexandra ling
i binged this in a day and i'm hopelessly, horribly obsessed. i've already reread some of my favorite parts three times and I CAN'T DEAL WITH MY EMOTIONS. this is way too cute. :''')

full review to come!!
شيماء ✨
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who feel like being corny
Recommended to شيماء ✨ by: very corny people

i can't wait to not relate to this review when i'm not so stoned on caffein i could taste the colour of the stars’ tears....but everything is just so nice lmao

like man!! i'm feeling so corny right now just thinking about this book, i have fresh coffee and a healthy snack (cleverly disguised as chocolate bars) and i'm afraid the two worlds will collide

also, i've legit been thinking about how someone's going to fall in love with me someday and i’ll finally be able to use those cheesy memes i've be
prag ♻
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A 4 step guide for how to write a 5 star book:

Step #1: Take the best movie to ever exist (You've Got Mail) (Trust me on this one.)
Step #2: Recreate it in book form. Remember, this is the important one. Don't mess it up like Julie Buxbaum did. Of course, added levels of hilarity and a swoonworthy love interest wouldn't hurt.
Step #3: Add to the story a hint of charm and a Relatable™ af narrator.
Step #4: Throw in a reference to the movie mentioned in step #1, because you've pulled out all the sto
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, e-arc
Hello, perfection.

Books like this make me think the world might actually be pretty great.
Okay, so this book? The perfect beach read. I couldn’t put it down. Honestly, I looked at the blurb for this and was like “Meh.” I mean, it sounded super cliche and over-the-top romance-y. But even though I low-key hate cliches, I always have to buy books like these just in case there are hidden gems out there.

I hit a jackpot. Jenn Bennett somehow managed to spin straw (aka an overdone cliche) into gold with her words.

Bailey and I hit off immediately. Her inner monologue is kind of dramatic, bu
2.75/5 stars.

Okay, so don’t let the low star rating fool you. I did like this book a lot. I’d probably recommend it to someone who isn’t an avid reader. I just had problems with it.

I hate comparing books to one another. I really do. I mean, the next time I see a “the next Hunger Games” comparison I might just burn something down. Yet, I couldn’t help it with this book. While I did enjoy it, I would have liked it a lot more if I hadn’t already read Tell Me Three Things or P.S. I Like You. All
Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
Alex, Approximately is a modern re-telling of You’ve Got Mail. I love that movie, so I knew I needed to read this book! Seventeen year old Bailey regularly chats on an online movie discussion group using the screen name Mink. She often chats with a boy who goes by the name Alex. Alex and Bailey’s dad live in the same city, but when Bailey makes the choice to move across the country to live with her father, she doesn’t tell Alex because she’s worried they won’t connect in real life. She decides s ...more
3.75 stars
"I'm scared," I tell him, "of what I feel when I'm around you. I'm scared of what I want from you, and I don't know how to ask for it."

This book is so fluffy and at the same time, confusing for me. I liked it because it just has the right amount of cheesiness that I love, and Porter—oh my gosh—that boy was just what my heart needs. I think people who will get to reading this will absolutely know from the start what is going to happen in this book and while that has some pros and c
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Recommended to Jasmine by: Karen
Alex, Approximately is a book about two people who were meant to be together got lost and found, and lost and then found again.

Bailey “Mink” Rydell was a seventeen-year-old “Artful Dodger,” who excelled in avoiding awkward moments or embarrassing conversations. In fact, she was a professional evader when it comes to reality and actual interaction with people.
That’s the thing about being an evader. You have to be flexible and know when to bail before it all gets weird. Better for everyone, r
Kate (GirlReading)
4.5* With an adorable romance, film references, wonderful characters and the Californian sun, Jenn Bennett has once again written a winning contemporary with Alex, Approximately.

This was such an enjoyable read. The characters were witty and complex, with flaws and genuine personality. The multiple relationship dynamics were fantastic, from friendship to family to romance. Having visited a few of the locations in this book, my heart had a very happy surprise bringing me back to some wonderful hol
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
first 75%: holy wow i'm so addicted this book is so fun and surprisingly serious but also so fun wow
last 25%: i didn't realize i could feel this much annoyance from something that used to bring me such joy

really great characters, lots of humor, cute chemistry, but then towards the climax, i feel like jenn bennett added drama for the sake of adding drama. character motivations were unconvincing, melodrama was more than lorde could dream of, and i was just extremely frustrated w the deterioratio
Kylie Amber
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
This book is so good. It’s very summery and sweet but also has that dark secret in the background.
Definitely pick this up for a fast paced read.
ELLIAS (elliasreads)
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-books, i-own
Oh man....

You know, let me just start off by saying that book's cover doesn't match the book's doesn't feel like its part of the book?? But I thought I was going to get a corny ass YA romance story but bRUH .


Let me list off a few things that surprised me (and trust me, I was fucking surprised):

1) it's in freaking sunny California. (Really biased towards this one because I live in California YASSS). And finally somewhere that is NOT IN LA BUT IN CORONADO. Thank
First up. This isn't a YA retelling of the awesomeness that is You've Got Mail.

It's inspired by it yes, but it's hella different soooo give up the idea that this is Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan with bouquets of sharpened pencils and we are good to go.

*sad face*

*deep breath*
Okay then!!!!

Because otherwise.....
I feel like I just read a book about puppies and unicorns and sunshine and lollipops!!!!! It was sugary sweet, light as air, flu
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Jenn Bennett is an award-winning author of several young adult books, including: ALEX, APPROXIMATELY; STARRY EYES; and SERIOUS MOONLIGHT. She also writes romance and fantasy for adults. Her books have earned multiple starred reviews, won Romance Writers of America’s RITA® Award, and been included on Publishers Weekly Best Books annual list. She lives near Atlanta with one husband and two dogs. Vis ...more
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