Classic movie buff Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online by “Alex.” Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.
Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new arch-nemesis. But life is whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever-it-is she’s starting to feel for Porter.
And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. 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.
I've read three books by Jenn Bennett and this is the one I've loved the most so far.
I loved how fast-paced the story was. There weren't any unnecessary or boring pages. And I really really loved the guy! He's so cute and so REAL, I just...loved his character a looooot.
The book is told in single POV of the female MC's and I loved being in her head. The writing style of Mrs. Bennett is very effortless and fun to read.
The plot revolves around a hate-friends-lovers trope and I love those. Our leads, Porter Roth and Bailey work at the same place for the summer and butt heads all the time while eventually forming this friendship and love for each other. There was a certain depth to the book which I also wasn't expecting and made me love it so much.
We spend our lives trying to find other people. Sometimes we get confused and turned around by the distractions." He smiles at me. "But we didn't.”
The romance is beautiful and sweet. There were so many twists in the book that I hadn't anticipated at all while I read the blurb which kept me on my toes the whole time.
The best part is we as readers know exactly who Alex is from the start while both the characters are clueless and this just increases the experience of the book!
Please do pick this up if you like young adult romance with two characters who were meant for each other.
@mink: I’m looking at them right now. You think you’re pretty funny, don’t you?
@alex: Only if you do.
@mink: You made orange juice go up my nose.
@alex: That’s all I ever wanted, Mink.