Fiction · Romance · Young Adult

Alex, Approximately

alex, approximately

Title: Alex, Approximately

Author: Jenn Bennett

Performer: Amy Melissa Bentley

Length: 10 hr, 4 min, 45 sec

Series: N/A

Publishing Date/Publisher: 2017 by Tantor Audio

Format: eAudiobook

Review: When I first read reviews about this book I was ecstatic.  A YA novel retelling of one of my all time favorite rom coms?!! YES PLEASE.  Perhaps I am at fault for building it up too much in my head, but I was rather disappointed by this adaptation.  For some reason, I just really did not care for the character of Bailey, and it is hard to articulate why.  Perhaps the best way I can describe it is, if I met her in real life, I do not think we would be friends.  She just has one of those personalities that I find completely bland, and even as a reader, I had no desire to get to know her.  The character of Porter was a bit more likable, but still a little flat.  He constantly made comments to Bailey about having baggage, but when his “baggage” was revealed, it was highly anticlimactic and hardly what I would consider to be baggage at all.

Another thing to note is that I listened to this book in eAudiobook format, and I was not a fan of the performer.  I personally found the voices she created for the characters to be annoying, and at times she sounded robotic, especially at the beginning of the book.

The one thing I did appreciate about this book is how the author responsibly handled the love scenes.  It’s all about that consent, baby!

In summary, I didn’t love it, I didn’t like it, I didn’t hate it.   If you are pining for an archenemies turned lovers plot, just save yourself some time and watch You’ve Got Mail.

Reader: Bekah



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