by Jenn Bennett
Release Date: April 4th 2017
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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The one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.
Classic movie fan Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online as 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 archnemesis. 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.
ALL THE SWOONS!! I’m continually wowed by how Jenn Bennett can consistently write the absolute BEST book boyfriends! These guys are so perfectly imperfect, and I adore them!! Porter was an immediate love for me. He was so confident, silly, and aggravatingly sarcastic. I lit up when it came to the banter between him and Bailey. I loved how he didn’t give her an inch and was constantly being playful and all in-her-face. The beginning of their relationship started off with Bailey hating on Porter hardcore, getting annoyed at everything he did… and this just made me love him even more!! Hate-to-love romances are some of my faves, and this was no exception. What a fun relationship these two developed! Swoon overload!!!
Aside from the incredible romance, there was so much more to this book to love. The friendship between Bailey and the friend she meets in California, Grace, was so fun to watch evolve. I also fully enjoyed the relationship Bailey had with her father. Though they struggled at times to see eye-to-eye, he was very much involved in her life and they, together, worked out their issues. He was a fantastic father that always had his daughter’s back. I loved it! Also worth mentioning was the great bond between Porter and his family. I adored his mother and they way she brought their very busy family together as a team. The support and loyalty the families showed each and every member was very refreshing and a joy to find in a YA book.
Let me mention the settings in this book as well, since they’re ah-mazing! First, we have a beach setting. I mean, seriously… boardwalks, sunshine, surfing… how can you not love it! When I was a teenager I always dreamed of spending a summer in a place like this. How incredible! Add to that the fun museum setting and WOW! I loved how the museum was completely brought to life, flaws and all. Bailey’s having to work in the “hot box” and sweat all day, the incredibly old-school security system, the silly-named rooms… Jenn Bennett knows how to make you feel connected to every single person, place and thing in her stories.
Welp, Jenn Bennett did it again!!! She completely blew me away with The Anatomical Shape of a Heart last year, and Jack has been my book boyfriend since I first met him. And guys, here comes Porter, now sitting at the very tippity top of my BBF list right along side him!! ♥ Relatable characters that are so real they are impossible not to connect with, a romance that’s so fun, silly and swoony you’ll fall hard, and a storyline that is unputdownable from beginning to end, this is a real gem. If you love adorableness, topped with all the swooning, and a side of emotions, this is a must-read for you!