Saturday, January 9, 2010

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
Pages: 432
Released: December 23, 2008

Synopsis from Barnes and Noble:
A fresh, urban twist on the classic tale of star-crossed lovers.
When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created “perfect” life is about to unravel before her eyes. She’s forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she's worked so hard for—her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect. Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems, and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much more. In a passionate story about looking beneath the surface, Simone Elkeles breaks through the stereotypes and barriers that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart.

Many have been recommending "Perfect Chemistry" and I have seen it reviewed quite often. The plot looked really good and so I decided to get it once as my lovely library had it. I loved it. The romance was so intense and Simone Elkeles really lets you know who the characters are and how they feel. It is told in both Brittany and Alex's points of views, which I thought worked well.

It was neat to look at other people's backgrounds such as Alex in the story because he was living in the slums of town and he was in a gang, which I haven't experienced so it was neat to look into his life and see different things. It also had little phrases that he would say that were in spanish so it made it more realistic too.

Brittany's character was generally intriguing. She was the cheerleader and prep that everyone expected her to be, but there was more. She was a genuinely loving person who was somewhat stronger than most of her peers due to her helping her handicapped sister often and really caring for her even when her parents were not always there to help.

Together Alex and Brittany made an intense couple. I have only read a few books where the romance is so intense that you can actually feel it. Well, this is one. There situation alone is intense. At first they have to sneak around to see each other because Brittany's family is rather racist and Alex's gang doesn't agree with him.

I loved how everything worked out in the end. It was a beautiful story. 

Parent Corner:
-Probably 9th grade up due to language and mature content.

I give Perfect Chemistry 4.6 stars! I loved it.

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