RELEASED: April 1, 2017
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Children’s UK
GENRE: YA Contemporary
GOODREADS RATING: 4.01
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?
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?
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?