(Published April 4th 2017 by Simon Pulse)
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 a 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
Bailey has issues – issues that stem from a very traumatic and scary event that happened to her when she was 14. This causes her to close her self off to people and to shy away from attention. She calls herself the artful dodger – able to slink by without any one noticing. This all changes when she moves to California to live with her dad.
Bailey starts work at a tourist museum and this is where she meets Porter. He is cocky and gorgeous and gets under her skin. It is a real problem because she is determined to find the true identity of her online friend and totally compatible crush Alex – who lives in the very same town that she has just moved to. In her mind he is the safe bet – while Porter is real, flawed, beautiful and much to close.
The story follows Bailey as she learns to open herself up to the possibility that maybe Porter is the one that she can finally open up to and give her heart to. We see the two of them begin to trust each other and fall in love.
“The entire time they’re talking, I can’t tear my eyes away from Porter. What I’m feeling for him now is like drowning and floating at the same time.”
This is a super cute and fun read for the summer. I liked the characters and even though it was a bit predictable at times it was really worth the read. It has a updated “You’ve got mail” vibe to it.
This is the second book that I have read from author Jenn Bennett and I loved both of them!
There are some spots with coarse language – and there are a few sexual situations that would make this book appropriate for older teens and young adults.