Jenn Bennett depicts her outstanding writing style in her crowning achievement. Alex, Approximately is a romance novel that falls under the “enemies-to-lovers” trope.
Bailey “Mink” Rydell loves movies. She also happened to befriend another movie lover, with the name of Alex, online. However, through tragic events, Bailey decided to move out to California with her dad. Coincidently, Alex also happens to live in the same town as Bailey’s dad. However, with this knowledge in mind, Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she moved to his town because “meeting real-life Alex could be great, but it could also be one big awkward disappointment” (Bennett 4). She decides to be on the lookout for him herself since she wants to make sure he isn’t a harrowing individual in person.
Bailey eventually lands herself in a job working at a museum where she is required to work with Porter Roth, a security guard she loathes. As Porter is taking her group around for a tour of the museum, she explains after a course of action, “it takes him all of five seconds to lose patience with me” (Bennett 38). However, both characters eventually take interest in each other over time. As Bailey continues getting to know Porter in person, while at the same time communicating with Alex virtually, she finds herself torn between choosing a flawed truth with Porter, or a perfect cyber world with Alex.
I greatly enjoyed reading this novel. Bennett includes a major plot twist that ties the story together extremely well. I would recommend this book to lovers of the romance genre. All the characters were enjoyable, the settings of the book were well thought out, and the actions depicted were reasonable, so I give this book a five out of five-star rating.
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Rating: 5/5 Stars
Reviewed by: Luna (15)