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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  37,533 ratings  ·  5,728 reviews
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 t
ebook, 400 pages
Published April 4th 2017 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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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 hav…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
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a recipe guide to books by jenn bennett:

3 cups sunshine
1/4 cup fluffiest of fluff
1 tablespoon happiness
a pinch of teenage sass

mix together and bake at the highest level of love for about 300 pages. finish and enjoy your perfectly crafted book of contemporary goodness.

in other words, this book is so sweet, i think ive just contracted type two diabetes. and you couldnt tear the smile off my face if you tried.

4 stars
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: close-to-5-stars
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
L A i N E Y ~back in a bit~
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to L A i N E Y ~back in a bit~ 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 first
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-contemporary
LOVED this! 4.5/ 5
One of my new favorite contemporaries!
♛ 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
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.
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
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.
Satire Reads: Conversations between Me,Brain and Heart

Me: Also called "The Judge"/decides ratings/is tired of brawls between Brain and Heart/loves Ice-cream/is always confused.
Brain: Too arrogant/Too sarcastic/uses a lot of gifs/tries to give books low ratings(always wins)
Heart: Loves everything/hates Brain/tries to give every book 5 stars(never wins)

EPISODE 1: Stupidity,Approximately

Me: Brain!
Brain: Ugh...Present.
Me: Heart!
Heart: Present!!!!
Brain: Why are we here? In th
“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 L
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
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
chan ☆
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ah yes enemies to lovers YA contemp goodness

this was fun and just what i needed. i listened to this on audio and read it physically (the audio is kinda shit but i'm lazy). and i was pretty immediately interested. let's talk about what worked:

1. the characters were incredibly well fleshed out and realistic. seriously. hat's off to jenn bennett for giving people flaws, unique appearances, background, etc. this is what YA should strive for. so so often i feel like YA heroines are either super stubb
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ppl who wants an easy and light read
This was just what i needed!

It was a really cute, light, fluffy, funny, and an easy to read book. It's a good enemies to lovers YA contmp. I was totally grinning and swooning while reading. There were some cringey and cheesy parts, but ah, nevermind about those, all i wanted was to feel good. 🥰

Bailey (the main character) was kinda relatable. Porter was a real cinnamon roll, a cutie and a softie. I love their romance, the characters' family relationships, and their friendships.

I suddenly miss su
Anja H.
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

“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!
marta the book slayer
Feb 18, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: reading slumpers
Recommended to marta the book slayer by: my subconscious
Shelves: cliches
“And you’re giving him an awful lot of looks that say I’d like to jump on you with my mighty roller-derby strength. And he’s giving you looks that say I’d like to surf your waves.”


Turns out there might exist a heart under this tough stone cold exterior that hands out lit matches to every other book she reads.

If we travel back in time to the year 2015, young Marta was doing nothing but reading YA romance novels. I would buy any and all cheap romance novels on my Kindle for like $1-$2 an
Danielle (Love at First Page)

4.5-5 stars

Looooooved. YA romance at its finest. Porter is ALL THE SWOONS.
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is what it is, a cute, easy, Summer read.

Its has everyone's favorite trope, enemies to loves, and it was done pretty realistically which i appreciated.
I was fully engrossed in this story and i think most of that is to do with how well the characters were written, i often find the main characters in YA contemporary books to be pretty one dimensional but i really liked Bailey and Porter.

If you don't expect too much from it, this book is swell. (yes i just said swell, no i don't know
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!!
nick (the infinite limits of love)


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
myo (myonna reads)
this was a fun lil enemies to lovers fix, i’m obsessed with summer and i wanted a good summer read and this book was perfect for that. this was so much fun but it was a bit corny at times? i really like this authors writing and i cant wait to check out another book from her.
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. Al
prag ♻
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 s
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-arc, arc
Hello, perfection.

Books like this make me think the world might actually be pretty great.
Lia Carstairs
Actual Rating:⭐⭐.5

The slump strikes again.😅
I didn't hate this book, but it took awhile to finish and I got bored at some parts. Also, I kind of wish we weren't told in the synopsis that Porter was Alex.....I mean it would've made the book a lot more mysterious—especially if it was hard to guess who Alex was.

Bailey was also so relatable. I also tend to try avoiding situations rather than face them. Just like Artful Dodger.😉

I do love the little quotes that were at the top of each chapter. Esp
ELLIAS (elliasreads)
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. Tha
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a cute "we met anonymously online and now I have no idea who you are in real life but I like you" books that I've been wanting to read for some time. I really enjoyed the setting. Author Jenn Bennett did a great job of setting the scene on the California coast. I could see the redwood trees and smell the coconut scent of the surfboards. Bailey and Porter grew on me after I got to know them for awhile and their romance turned out to be cute.

This is a light read that's perfect if you nee
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 eve
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Jenn Bennett is the author of over a dozen books, including the young adult titles: ALEX, APPROXIMATELY; STARRY EYES; SERIOUS MOONLIGHT; and THE LADY ROGUE. She also writes romance and fantasy for adults. Her books have earned multiple starred reviews, been Goodreads Choice Award nominees, and have been included on annual Best Book lists for both Kirkus and Publishers Weekly. She lives near Atlant ...more

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