Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles – REVIEW

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
Release Date: December 23rd, 2008
Walker Books, 359 Pages
Sub-genre: Contemporary
Source: Bought the Audiobook
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Perfect Chemistry #1

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.

Perfect Chemistry brings us into the lives of Brittany and Alex, two seemingly very different people from opposites sides of town. She’s rich, he’s poor – she’s white, he’s latino – she’s popular, he’s in a gang. So what happens when they get paired up as chemistry partners in school and are forced to be around each other?

Oh, starcrossed lovers never gets old with me! What IS it about the boy from the wrong side of the tracks or the girl who everyone thinks is vapid and shallow but is secretly awesome? This is told from both Alex and Brittany’s points of view and I don’t think the book would have worked well without it. If things had been one sided, you might have thought less of the person whose perspective wasn’t being told. I loved seeing how they started at two different points, went through their separate journeys, and then finally came together and met halfway. Don’t shy away from this book if you think it’s “just another starcrossed lovers’ tale” – it’s so much more than that! It’s about what people are willing to do for those that they love.

I definitely recommend this book for contemporary fans, especially if you love a great LOVE story because Ms. Elkeles sure does know how to make things steamy!

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