60 Books In 2019 #46: Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

I don’t know what I liked best about Alex, Approximately, the way it played out like the kind of mid 90’s indie film, which I love, or if it’s about kids who love movies and vintage crap, like I did, or if it used The Shop Around The Corner as it’s rom-com pattern, which I think can be used infinitely (and largely has)

As for plot, teenager Bailey Rydell has just moved to Northern California to live with her dad, after her mother’s second marriage hits the rocks. There’s hints here and there that something really traumatic happened to Bailey early on and the reveal is definitely worth it, so I won’t spoil it. Also, somewhat coincidentally, she has an internet pen pal, a boy named Alex., a fellow film buff who lives in the same beach town as her dad. Bailey hasn’t told him she moved but has decided she’s going to find him, based on their vague conversations.

Once she starts her summer job at a local curiosity museum, Bailey immediately finds herself on the wrong side of hottie surfer dude/security guard Porter Roth. OF COURSE once they get to know one another, Bailey and Porter fall in love their odd mix of teen nerdiness and traumatic background fitting together.

Since I mentioned The Shop Around The Corner (and You’ve Got Mail coming right from there…) you can probably guess that Porter is Alex. It’s all terribly sweet.

It took a little while for me to get into the headspace for this book, coming off of IT afterall…I even took a brief break and reread some Percy Jackson books, which needed to be done anyway, with the fourth Trials Of Apollo out this week. (I have to get to 50 before I’m letting myself read it. I do make the rules on this one. It’s arbitrary, but still…)

Up next is The Kitchen by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle. I was hoping to read this before seeing the movie, and I did, but the movie is also now long gone from theaters…so…yeah…

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