- Page Count: 400
- Release Date: April 4, 2017
- My Rating: 5 stars
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.
THIS WAS SO ADORABLE. It’s basically a YA retelling of You’ve Got Mail set in California with surfers, pastries, fog, and museums. So that just hit a ton of checks on the list of things I adore.
I loved the characters and thought the whole story would make such a cute movie. But ok… whyyyyyy did this book never reference The Shop Around the Corner?!? The two main characters are obsessed with classic films and basically mention every major movie EXCEPT for the actual one that You’ve Got Mail was based on. The story here felt closer to that original classic, too. This isn’t a complaint or anything… I just love when stories sneak in references to their inspiration.
Anyways, this is a total fluffy, lighthearted read… ok wait, no. It actually does have heavier stuff, but the main characters roll with life in a way that lets them create their own story. What I mean is it has that rom com feeling where everything is sunshine and glitter afterwards (while still having realistic characters and feeling like the story takes place in reality). And that is exactly what I wanted!!
Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC.