Recently, my U.S. publisher, Simon Pulse—a division of Simon and Schuster—partnered with Barnes and Noble during the first annual national teen B-fest to offer a unique opportunity to readers: YOU got to choose the cover of Alex, Approximately. This week, Barnes and Noble unveiled the winner! I think it’s absolutely beautiful, and I’m so thrilled with it! The design was done by Regina Flath. (ARCs should be going out to reviewers/bloggers late summer 2016. The book goes on sale April 4, 2017 in North America, and should be publishing in the U.K. around the same date.)
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 half of her junior year falling for a sensitive film geek she only knows online as “Alex.” Two coasts separate them until she 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—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, the oddball Cavern Palace Museum. Or that she’s being tormented daily by Porter Roth, a smart-alecky yet irritatingly hot museum security guard. But when Porter and Bailey are locked in the museum overnight, Bailey is forced to choose whether she should cling to a dreamy 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.