FAVORITE CONTEMPORARY AUTHOR ~ Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett


Alex, ApproximatelyTITLE: Alex, Approximately
AUTHOR: Bennett, Jenn

RELEASED: April 1, 2017
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Children’s UK
FORMAT: Paperback

GENRE: YA Contemporary

TRIGGERS: Drug abuse, divorced parents, death of side character

Bailey “Mink” Rydell has met the boy of her dreams. They share a love of films and talk all day – Alex is perfect. Well, apart from the fact that they’ve never actually met . . . and neither of them knows the other’s real name.

When Bailey moves to sunny California to live with her dad, who happens to live in the same town as Alex, she decides to track him down. But finding someone based on online conversations alone proves harder than Bailey thought, and with her irritating but charismatic (and potentially attractive?) colleague Porter Roth distracting her at every turn, will she ever get to meet the mysterious Alex?

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First things first ~ Yes, I’ve been even more absent than before! I’m so sorry! Jamie is pretty much commanding all my attention when he’s awake since he needs to be entertained all the time. And if that’s not the case, he’s sleeping on top of me so I can barely move. Which, alas, causes it impossible to even write reviews? I’m hoping things will get a bit better from now on. Especially since I have ten reviews to write and post – yikes! Also… I miss you guys so much?! Seriously! Here’s me keeping my fingers crossed to be able to blog some more soonish. Until then.. It’ll be the random review popping up whenever I get one written, edited and scheduled. On to my review!

Soon after reading Starry Eyes, I dove into another one of Jenn Bennett’s books – Alex, Approximately. I was expecting the same kind of fluff. Maybe another fun setting. Some geeky aspects as well. But were those things only present in Starry Eyes or not?

The good

I’d say not! I loved the setting of a coastal town, having our main character working at a museum and that being the main setting of the story. Not to mention how she geeks out about old movies! Absolutely loved that part – even though I’m not really into those kind of movies, but that doesn’t matter, haha. What counts is that her passion came across in an amazing way I can only admire.

The romance / story itself? Even though it was quite predictable, I still enjoyed the way it came together. You just know, if you read a lot of contemporary, what the plot of this book is. The only question I had left was how it would all be discovered. I thought I might end up being disappointed, but that wasn’t the case. I actually quite liked how she discovered who Alex is. Not to mention the romantic setting – but still light-hearted feel to it – lifted my spirits while reading.

As for Mink.. she’s definitely one of my favorite contemporary characters. The way she evades things – she doesn’t call herself a professional evader for nothing, okay – is admirable, recognizable and a bit.. shameful? At least if you feel like you can relate to that part of her, haha. Her story showed me how getting out of your comfort zone can lead to so many good things – although, admittedly.. I’ll never stop evading certain things and subjects. Can’t help it.

Sometimes you have to endure painful things to realize that you’re a whole lot stronger than you think.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Jenn Bennett is on my list of favorite contemporary authors!

What does your list of favorite contemporary authors look like?




16 thoughts on “FAVORITE CONTEMPORARY AUTHOR ~ Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

    1. Yeah, I don’t have an official list, at least not one that’s written down. It’s pretty much stored in my brain. I write down anticipated releases sorted by release months, but not authors on my auto-buy list.


    2. I used to have a whole draft with upcoming releases I wanted but with Jamie and all, I barely know what’s coming out the rest of the year. On the plusside, my subscription boxes are now always a surprise since the themes don’t spoil the book for me anymore?


    3. I mean, yeah that’s good at least. It’s not difficult for me to figure out the OwlCrate book, but thankfully it’s usually a book I already have my eyes on.


  1. I swear, how have I not read anything by this author yet?! Every review I see of her books makes me feel like I need them RIGHT NOW haha. I only own Starry Eyes by her, which coincidentally is the one I see the LEAST rave reviews for… The logical side of me is saying I have to read that before buying anything else by her while the illogical side of me is saying I should order this one. 😛


    1. HOW, DESTINY. HOW?! I’m pretty sure you’d love all her books? I think? I hope? [God, a statement like that is so dangerous..]
      I did like Starry Eyes! The male MC is somewhat badass but.. not entirely so? I wish he was a bit more of it. The girl is geeky! Actually he is too.. And it’s set in the wilderness, which is UNIQUE in contemporary, right? You should totally pick up Starry Eyes and then be in for a bigger treat with Alex, Approximately because I did like that one better now that I think about it.. 😛

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  2. Ahhhh so happy you loved this one, Kathy! I’m planning on reading it this month – hopefully! and I can’t wait, I’ve been loving everything Jenn Bennett so far and can’t wait to read all of her books, she’s also making her way into my favorites’ list 🙂
    I hope you’ve been well, take care of yourself, sending you tons of love!! ❤ ❤ ❤


    1. Since it’s now.. the end of July I do hope you’ve read and loved it by now, Marie! 🙂
      I haven’t read all her work yet either – I think there’s two more of her books waiting on my shelves – but I’m pretty much counting her as one of my autobuy authors at this point, haha.
      Thank you! Hope you’re doing okay too!

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