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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.
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By Leslie on 04-21-10
Perfect Chemisty has perfect chemistry.
I wasn't sure if I would like this book. It was recommended to me, so I thought I would take a chance and buy it. Now, I am glad that I did.
Two diffrent narrators were used to tell the story. And I think that that made the book even better.
There are some very adult themes in this book, even though it is suppose to be a Young Adult book. Maybe, more like an "Older Young Adult" book. LOL
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
By Staaj on 01-01-12
Steamy Teenage Romance
You can’t see it but I’m fanning myself right now. Perfect Chemistry is super steamy and oh so much fun to read. The chapters alternate narration between Brittany Ellis and Alex Fuentes, giving you each characters perspective. As mentioned in the description, Brittany and Alex are total opposites. At school, Brittany is the popular good girl and Alex is the Latino blood gang member and school bad boy. The two characters are paired together as lab partners in Chemistry class and their differences create friction from the beginning.
Brittany puts up a facade to her peers that she has the perfect life, but in her opinion it is far from perfect. At home, Brittany’s parents pressure her to keep up appearances by always looking great and keeping up good grades. While her parents are busy nitpicking her, they ignore her special needs sister, whom Brittany cares for deeply.
Alex is the oldest of three brothers and ever since his father died, from gang violence, he has been the man of the house. Since gang activity is prevalent in his neighborhood, he becomes a member to protect his family. He hopes to keep his two brothers out of the ‘Blood’ by doing everything the gang wants, even though he would love more than anything to be free.
As they are forced to get to know each other, the lives they try to keep so secret are exposed. They fall hard for each other, but with everything standing in between them can their relationship last?
I love so many things about this story: the characters, the romance, the social challenges.
Elkeles wrote a sizzling romance that pulls you in and keeps you turning the page. The characters face real life social conflicts that, in the end, turn them into remarkable people. Alex’s gang experience is very true to life and you feel the difficulty of his situation. Brittany pushes past what her parents want her to be and reaches out to help Alex, in return, she finds out who she really wants to be.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves teenage romance novels.
For more Perfect Chemistry fun, check out Rules of Attraction (Perfect Chemistry #2).
5 of 5 people found this review helpful