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.
Have you seen You’ve Got Mail? Us 90s kids remember. If you don’t I recommend watching it after you read this book because it’s very much a spin on the classic movie. In fact, you should watch all the movies mentioned in this book!
I’m so glad I kept reading Alex, Approximately. It was adorable, cute, and funny while tackling serious issues. I got sucked into this book and ended up loving it. This shows that sometimes it’s DNFing is not the way to go.
Thank you bookstagram for picking this title as part of my December TBR, Alex, Approximately has a permanent home on my YA contemporary shelf!