If You Liked This, Try…#3

Hi Guys!

How are you this fine Friday? I’m good thanks, not up to much really. I have a couple of lectures but I have the rest of the day off so I thought I’d get some blog posts written before I inevitably become smothered by essays and presentations.
I always love reading these kinds of posts and I love writing them just as much.
And if you hadn’t read my previous posts (linked HERE and HERE) and you don’t know what the premise of this is basically I select a couple of books that are similar in the ways of X, Y and Z and it gives you a way of finding books that are similar to some of your faves while also giving you a rough guide of what I thought of the books too, without having to read a full review.
It’s also been a wee while since I last wrote one so let’s jump right in 🙂

This time I am comparing two of my ALL-TIME favourite Summer reads: Alex Approximately by Jenn Bennett (Review HERE) to A Bad Boy Stole My Bra by Lauren Price (Review HERE).

They are similar in the way that The are both Stand-alone YA Contemporary Romance’s set in America. They are both told from the female POV. The thing that really reminded me of each other was that they are both relationships that start of not really working, enemies seem like a strong word but I’ll go with that anyway. They are enemies or they don’t get on. Then they slowly come around to each other and become friends. This stage then continues for a while before they realise they have fallen for each other and couple up into adorable pairs of cuteness. Both books also have a supportive family dynamic in the form of Alec and his sister in ABBSMB and then Bailey and her Dad in AA.
They were also really funny. Both books had me laughing my head off throughout, while also having serious portions to balance things out.
They were also both written in a way that the teenagers come off as real human beings and not dull and stupid as often female protagonists turn out. They also speak normally and not in constant slang.
Some else they have in common is the fact I gave both of them 5/5 stars 😉

Here are their Goodreads Descriptions:

AA: 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: (I cut off the end of this description as to not be spoiled)

ABBSMB: Imagine waking up in the dead of night to find your hot new neighbour dangling out of your window. What’s more, he’s clutching your tattiest bra in his hand.
What. The. Actual. Fudge.
When bad boy Alec Wilde moves in next door to Riley, sparks fly. After their ‘unconventional’ introduction, Riley is determined to get her own back. A nemesis is just the distraction she needs: inside, she’s barely holding it together. It’s game on.
But behind the banter, there’s a side to Alec that Riley actually likes. How can she get through to the real him when she can’t even take herself seriously?

So that’s my comparison. I don’t have one to recommend over the other because I loved both so if you’ve read neither, then you need to read both!
I hope you’ve had a good day and I will see you on Sunday for another review!

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