Title: Alex, Approximately
Author: Jenn Bennett
Performer: Amy Melissa Bentley
Length: 10 hr, 4 min, 45 sec
Publishing Date/Publisher: 2017 by Tantor Audio
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.