In this delightfully charming teen spin on You’ve Got Mail, the one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.
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.
A year after her mother divorces to marry a lawyer, Bailey Rydell decides to leave Washington, D.C., to live with her father in California. One of her primary motives for going is to track down Alex, a boy she met online but has never seen in person. Like Bailey, Alex loves old films and, coincidentally enough, he lives in her father's neighborhood. But after Bailey settles in and starts a job at a quirky local museum, her mission to find her "film-buff soul mate" is sidelined as she becomes absorbed in a love-hate relationship with Porter, her arrogant, surfer coworker. As might be expected, Bailey's and Porter's fiery retorts soon kindle passion, and the two start dating despite Bailey's guilt about keeping him a secret from her online pal. In what's essentially a YA version of You've Got Mail, Bennett's (The Anatomical Shape of a Heart) contemporary romance offers sympathetic characters and plenty of drama. Although the climax is forced and predictable, the protagonists' backstories shed light on their respective anxieties, adding depth to their conflicts. Ages 14 up.
Such a cute story!
This was such a cute story, maybe more for teenagers since it’s practically rated PG-13 but non the less I really enjoyed this reading, super cute and not clique.
Cute Summer Love Story
I wanted to give this a 4.5/5 reads, but I can’t do that on here.
I want to first off by saying this book reminds me a lot of “After” by Anna Todd just minus all the sex. This book was very predictable, but I still overall enjoyed the relationship between Bailey & Porter. I absolutely fell in love with Porter throughout the story, he is an actual angel.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND to not read the synopsis of the story and just go into it without knowing much. I personally think this story would’ve been much better if the synopsis didn’t give away a huge detail in the book. I wish I didn’t read the synopsis, but even though I did, it was still an enjoyable read.
Also, want to add that I really enjoyed the characters and their history. I felt like I really connected with the characters and learned A LOT about them which was really nice.
This is definitely a good summer read so right now is the perfect time for a cute summer romance!
I loved this book