Alex, ApproximatelyThe 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.

So I read Alex, Approximately… OH MY GOODNESS, FRIENDS. It was phenomenal! I honestly can’t even begin to describe how much I loved reading this book. Ever since I read Night Owls, I’ve been DYING to get my hands on whatever Jenn Bennett would write next. I’ve still been recommending that book until this day! So when I heard about Alex, Approximately, I felt two things:

  1. FEAR. Would it live up to my high expectations? Would I love it as much as Night Owls? Would I be crushed with disappointment and unable to go on with my life if I didn’t enjoy this book?
  2. EXCITEMENT. Duh! I took part in the poll to decide the cover, I cried over people getting ARCs before me, and I requested a copy as soon as it became available. I knew that Alex, Approximately was a book I couldn’t wait any longer for.

When I got my hands on Alex, Approximately, I started it IMMEDIATELY… and I may not have put it down until I finished it? #guilty. But it was just THAT AMAZING. I fell in love with the characters and the plot was equal parts mysterious as it was adorable, and I just…


As someone who works at a cinema and is a massive film nerd, this book couldn’t have been more enjoyable to read. I mean, two people fangirling over movies? THAT’S SO ME. I loved the banter between Mink and Alex, and their chats, and even their disagreements! Their friendship was super cute and I loved the element of mystery behind it — that they didn’t know who the other person was in real life.

And then there was Porter. Let me admit something first… I didn’t know that HE was Alex! I mean, I always had an inkling that he was Alex from their chats but WOW! I have a habit of not reading blurbs for books and so it isn’t a spoiler, but I really enjoyed reading it in a way that meant I was feeling the same confusion and experiencing the same mystery as Bailey was. SO MUCH SWOONING. Porter was just so incredible and adorable and I just CAN’T EVEN. MARRY ME.


  • INCREDIBLY CUTE ROMANCE. Honestly, it was the highlight of the novel. The sexual tension was infuriating but also made me desperate to read on. It was just unputdownable and I loved the romantic interest SO MUCH.
  • MOVIE FANGIRLING. I love movies so much, and I practically LIVE at the cinema. I mean, I work there, but I also see movies before and after my shifts. And I absolutely ADORED the lines from movies that were quoted at the start of each chapter. Not only did they relate fantastically to what was to come in that chapter, but it gave me a chance to really feel connected to the characters because of the movies we both liked.
  • WORKING IN A MUSEUM. AKA wanting to murder people as you plaster on a fake smile. I’m always in contact with people at my jobs and I was able to relate to Bailey in that way. I felt so connected to her, not only because we both have had customers wanting to set us on fire because they had to wait in a line for five minutes, but also because of our shared enthusiasm for film and her snarky sense of humour.

But here lies the problem. I loved this book SO MUCH that I wanted to have my own adorable romance via an anonymous chat site. So I signed up for one… ALEX, APPROXIMATELY RUINED MY LIFE. I thought that I could chat to some cool guy or girl and maintain a friendship and maybe surprise them like Mink did to Alex in this novel. But alas, people in the real world are rarely as sweet and adorable as Alex is and THIS BOOK GOT MY HOPES UP FOR NOTHING. I guess I’ll just have to settle with having Alex as my book boyfriend. HE’S MINE.

If I haven’t already convinced you to read Alex, Approximately, I just have one more thing to say to you: READ IT!


5 Stars

Let's Talk

Have you read this gorgeous novel yet? Did my fangirling convince you to pick it up? Have you read anything similar to this one? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Thanks to Simon & Schuster Australia for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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10 thoughts on “How ALEX, APPROXIMATELY Ruined My Life…

  1. Fantastic review! I was excited before, but your obvious passion, excitement and fingerling over this book has made me 100% want to read it sooner! Question though, are the movies discussed contemporary or classic? I love movies – even though I don’t work at a cinema I certainly spend a lot of time there. This definitely feels like my cup of tea 😉

  2. I love Alex approximately too. I predict Alex is Porter but it is still enjoyable read! I always love when the author can make me invest in the story despite predictability 🙂 I have not read the night owl. Now I want to read it

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