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.
Synopsis from Indigo.ca
I should start out by saying that I’m a huge Meg-Ryan-in-the-90s fan, so the inspiration of You’ve Got Mail was an instant grab to me. I fell in love with this book and have already reread it a few times since it was first recommended to me.
What I Liked:
A Big Problem For Me:
Anyone watching the news in the last year knows that opioid addiction is on the rise, and that there are numerous lawsuits underway against doctors who were overprescribing these addictive drugs. Addiction is a serious mental health issue and is not something that people can just stop on their own; it’s by no means fun for their family and friends, but everything Davey does is a cry for help and he is dramatically let down by his family, friends, and the cops. It was upsetting to read about this character and I think Jenn Bennett really dropped the ball on his portrayal.
Overall, I thought this was a great book. I had a fun time reading it and I love the way that the relationship between Bailey and Porter developed. And it’s even better to know that although their lives are bringing them in different directions, they will continue to figure out a way to make their relationship work. It’s a quick and fun read and I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a cute love story.
FINAL RATING: 4.5/5
Hi, I'm Alexandra! I love reading (largely YA fiction, but sometimes I'll read "adult" books), playing board games, Nutella, and binge-watching TV shows on Netflix with my husband.
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