Monday, August 22, 2011
Review of Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
Author: Simone Elkeles
Published by: Walker Books for Young Readers
Summary from Goodreads: 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.
This book is HOTT!
What's better than the rich white cheerleader and the bad Mexican gangbanger...nothing! Once I opened the pages of this novel, I was so captured that I couldn't put it down until I was finished (which happened to be 4am). I actually just gave Perfect Chemistry to my bestie to read yesterday and she told me she stayed up until 4:30am just to finish it too...yep it's that good.
I loved the main characters, Alex and Brittany. Both of them put on this fake air about who they really are. They were trying to live up to the stereotypes that everyone expects them to be, but deep down they are both such amazing individuals just trying to find their way.
Simone Elkeles writes a book that tells it like it is. The harsh realities of life are not brushed over and life isn't perfect. Instead it's rough, dangerous and at times heart-breaking.
If you haven't started this series do it now. Just make sure have enough time to read the whole thing at once because you won't be able to put it down.