Alex, Approximately

Finished Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett.

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 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 archnemesis. 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.”

OK, so I am absolutely in love with this book.  It’s smart and sweet and fun and pretty hot in parts AND all about old movies.  And I love all those things! And I love the fact that while it’s a perfect summer read (see all the above), there’s also quite a bit of depth there.  Bailey and Porter have been through quite a bit, and they’ve both got some issues because of it.  (Not everybody gets a perfect, easy life, you know?)

One point of contention: this has been called YA You’ve Got Mail.  Um, since they’re fans of old movies, it’s “YA The Shop Around the Corner.” (C’mon, guys!)  But that is super minor and this book is amazing.  I’ve loved spending time with Bailey and Porter the past few days.

Highly recommended.

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