Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
Published by: Simon Pulse on April 4, 2017
Review Source: Edelweiss, Publisher
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary Fiction, Romance
Plot: Girl meets boy online. Girl secretly moves across country to find out if her online crush is a creeper or a keeper.
How it took me so long to discover Jenn Bennett, I will never know, but I am so incredibly smitten with this book that I’m now on a mission to snap up her other works. Honestly, I could gush about this book all day, but these are a few of my favorite things… Warning, there are some slight *Spoilers* ahead.
That Warm California Sun. Bailey’s saga unfolds in Coronado Cove, CA. It’s an artsy little beach town full of surfers, churros, and quirky goodness. There are film fests, beach bonfires, and an infinite amount of charm. If you are looking for a title to whisk you away, look no further.
Bailey and Porter. These two. The Starlet of the story, Bailey Rydell, is a classic movie enthusiast, complete with pin curls and a vintage scooter named “Baby”. J’adore. Her cuteness is accentuated by her co-star, Porter Roth, the snarky son of a local surfing legend. The banter between these two is level ten adorable, and highly reminiscent of Ten Things I Hate About You.
Open, well-balanced depictions of sexuality. K., I know when people see “YA” and the word “sexuality” together it can cause some discomfort. It’s easy to think of teens as kids. Many people might worry that their teen isn’t ready to read about the “S” word. I get that, I really do, and as a librarian I will tell you that is a decision best left between parent and teen. Having said that, some teens are ready to start considering how they will handle sexual situations, and reading about different relationship levels and dynamics gives them a safe space to explore the subject and ask questions. It’s a natural part of growing up.
Bennett takes the time to give readers three really important things young adults need to know about taking a relationship to that level: how to discuss boundaries, using protection, and verbal consent. Far too often, YA has overblown relationships that focus more on the hormonal bells and whistles, and less on the importance of communication and trust. It was refreshing to see an author give this subject a much needed dose of reality.
Final Hoot: Alex, Approximately is a delightful, vivid trip that left me questioning my east coast choices, and itching to buy a plane ticket.
Rating: 5 out of 5 hoots
Who Should Snag It: Anyone who is looking for a sincere, yet entertaining contemporary romanceshould snap this one up.
*I would like to thank Edelweiss and the publisher for providing me with a free ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review*