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Alex, Approximately

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This’ll only last for a short while till I’m back to my cynical old-me, this-world-sucks-no-men-will-ever-live-up-to-fictional-men-like-ever self). Don't believe people that tell you that Porter and Bailey's relationship is a hate-to-love romance because a) they ""hated"" each other for about ten minutes (more like Porter being a prick for absolutely no reasons, but moving on) and b)their hormones got the memo almost instantly : ME LIKEY (are you cringing at this sentence? Though I had a hunch about the twist in this book, it didn't make it any less fantastic when it was revealed. When I heard it was a retelling, I was like "Ouuuuuuuuuuuuuu, me is definitely interested like please sign me uppppppp! There were so many great scenes of the two of them talking and expressing their feelings to each other.

It fills your heart with something akin to true love- believable true love-and you can't quite let it go. As with the characters and the setting, the relationships in Alex, Approximately were also a highlight for me. Mink and Alex aka Bailey and Porter develop a strong relationship even though they live on opposite sides of the country and don't even know each other's real names. I still would wish that the book had a few less plot lines since there is quite a lot and it gets very very full. Peter likes movies,has bestfriend problems,works in the family business,has a motherfucking cat,has a fuckin' girlfriend who cheated on him but.

I really loved Grace, and I thought she made for an awesome side-kick, who was a rock for Bailey a lot of times.

A couple of yards before we hit the ground, he speaks up in a voice so quiet, I can barely hear him.

He’ ll be wonderful, and by the end of the summer, we’ ll be crazy in love, watching North by Northwest at the film festival on the beach, and I ’ ll have my hands all over him. Great set of interesting character's, beautiful setting and a lovely romance that is paced wonderfully. The characters, the writing, the romance all very engaging - there was not a time I thought it boring, which believe you me, not an easy thing to pull off. This is a book that I'll be reading over and over again: when I need a pick me up or to get out of a slump or just need to grin like a loon the way I am right now.

All I wanted was a contemporary with some chat logs and old movie discussion, and I was CHEATED ON BOTH FRONTS. I also really liked the depiction of Bailey's approach to intimacy and sex, balancing the shyness about approaching a first time with wanting sex and instigating intimacy in a way that wasn't ashamed by those wants and needs - it's a really healthy approach for the sort of audience this book is written for. Though this “survival tactic” is her way with coping with her PTSD, she aims to tackle this flaw as she grows closer to Porter and her new friend Grace. Classic movie buff Bailey "Mink" Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online by "Alex. And the playful repartee and chemistry between these two characters will have you happily sighing while your cheeks ache from all your smiling.There's an element of warmth and fuzziness incorporated into this story; internet pen-pals, old movies, Cary Grant, archenemies at the beginning turning into blossoming romance.

Classic movie buff Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online by “Alex. the last ten pages in which we finally get to see what I'd been waiting for during the whole thing, yes yes yes despite the stupid drama, I enjoyed it, at least something HAPPENED, god. Bennett expertly brings all of these elements together in a feel-good story with just the right amount of drama to off-set the cute factor, resulting in a charming read, an uplifting love story and a Hollywood ending worth staying up for. 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. There's also a broader consideration of trust and it does well at depicting male characters who experience a full range of emotion - both genders get to be strong.And don’t get me wrong I love love love fake identity books but I don’t like it when the blurb of the book already reveals everything, or when it’s made too obvious. As a teacher of 6th graders, I think it's fair to say that for every truly naive kid out there, there's at least a few who know more than the adults think they do. Which is what I spend a lot of my free time imagining myself doing to his virtual body, the lucky boy. Sometimes you have to endure painful things to realize that you're a whole lot stronger than you think. In this delightfully charming teen spin on You’ve Got Mail, the one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.

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