This week I chose Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett!
In this delightfully charming teen spin on You’ve Got Mail, the one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.
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 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
Why I'm WaitingI just mentioned this book yesterday, and then felt the urge to make this my WoW post. I don't read as much contemporary as I used to anymore, and it is because I have become more picky in my reading of the genre. It takes quite a bit to get five stars out of me, and this book just has something special that draws my attention. I absolutely love the plot; it seems light and fun and fluffy but there is the potential for some great messages as well. Alex, Approximately has also gotten several starred reviews. Though I usually don't look at that kind of stuff, Booklist and Kirkus and everyone are all credible sources, and I'm putting my faith in their reviews. And not to be shallow...but that cover is pretty great. I didn't love it at first, but the more I look at it, the more I like it.
Are you looking forward to Alex, Approximately? What was the last contemporary book you have read that was a 5 star read?
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