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Mini Book Reviews: Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett, A Million Miles Away by Lara Avery and Sweet Addiction by J. Daniels

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ALEX, APPROXIMATELY
Author: Jenn Bennett (Website | Twitter)
Publication Date: April 4, 2017

SYNOPSIS

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.

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Just by reading its synopsis you can already tell that Alex, Approximately will be a fun and adorable read and it truly lives up to that. With all the geeky chat conversations of Alex and Mink to the fueled and witty banters that took place in between of Bailey and Porter, oh I’m so sure it will keep you entertained. Funny how they are just the same persons involved but you’ll be able to see the difference when it comes to how they approach each other. It just suggests that people really do have multiple layers and with social media involved you have the power on which part of you you want to share to the public. Alex and Mink’s conversation dwells more on the serious and film side and just having their phones to convey their thoughts. While Bailey and Porter have that daily face-to-face encounters, in which they always seem to clash with each other (especially during the early chapters). But once they smoothed out themselves, they figured out that there are actually some things quite common with them and that despite their differences they fit and complement each other. (Awww…) Bailey and Porter really makes a cute couple, you guys. Porter is such a swoony male lead.

In spite of the fluffiness and mystery (to Bailey) of it all, the book managed to incorporate some concerning issues and personal struggles of our main characters. We see them little by little pouring themselves out and we learn that they’re just like us, flawed and are facing hang ups too. It was handled perfectly. Bailey and Porter became each other’s support system (inspiration) to overcome their issues.

Yes, the synopsis dropped a major spoiler about the plot and the characters but the book still remained to be engaging. It was funny when hints were right in front of Bailey and yet she can’t seem to see it and connect all the dots. She’s overthinking things when she should have just thought of it simply. Definitely look forward to that particular scene wherein Bailey figured it out. (LOL)

I got fuzzy feelings thinking that no matter what version of themselves, Bailey and Porter seems to find a way and be with each other. Like they are linked together. Swoons. Kilig. 

RATING: 4 Stars

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