Alex, ApproximatelyBailey has a pen pal that she chats with on an old-movie fan-site, but they don't know each other's names/personal details. When she decides to move across the country to the exact town as "Alex", she decides not to tell him-- better to try and find him herself and scope out the situation before signing up for something awkward!
But then she starts working at a local museum and becomes equal parts irritated and intrigued by the security guard, Porter. As her and Porter get closer, her and "Alex" drift. The lines blur and she can't decide if she should take a real-life chance with Porter, or stay in the safe online world with "Alex"-- except that Alex and Porter ARE the same person. So....
I heard that this was an updated take on You've Got Mail (you know the Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan movie about AOL emails?)-- and it totally was!!
My favorite part was the setting. Somehow the author made this touristy California town feel small and homey. It was a cool place for a romance-- beachy and lots of cute things to do. I also liked where Bailey and Porter worked. It was this super odd museum that I wish I could visit!!
Maybe I'm out of my YA Contemporary Romance phase though because while this had all the makings of a favorite, I still found myself not feeling the vibes. I wanted to like Bailey-- but she's one of those girls who TELLS you she likes to fly under the radar (she calls herself the Artful Dodger), then DOES anything but that. I just didn't buy that she didn't like the attention.
Porter on the other hand, I did like. He's the son of a famous surfer who can be comfortable in any situation. He's the type of person I read about and I wish I was more like. I would love to be able to say all the right/funny things when I get around people, but I'm pretty sure that life is NOT in my future (if I haven't figured out how to do it yet, I don't think it's in the stars for me).
Even though I didn't personally love it, I totally recommend it to my romantics. It's adorably cute with some edge to it. I don't want to spoil the book by telling you what the edge is-- but there are some serious issues that come about and some serious sexy times too!
Bonus Points for the movie quotes at the beginning of each chapter that actually related to events that take place IN the chapter-- and using a Clueless quote will get me EVERY TIME!
OVERALL: Cute with an awesome beachy setting. I really liked Porter, but didn't exactly click with Bailey. I felt like the book was a little LONGGGGG for the events that actually happened. Could we maybe edit out 100 pages??
Date Published: 4/4/2017
How I got this book: ANDI lent it to me-- because she rocks
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Add it to your To-Read List!!
My Rating: 3.5/5
Character: Bailey Rydell
Book: After the Woods by Kim Savage
- Bailey goes through a traumatic event and definitely has some leftover PTSD from the experience. I think she could really relate to Julia's ongoing struggle in After the Woods.