Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
Release Date: December 23, 2008
Age Group: Young Adult
Paperback: 368 pages

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.

Review: Everyone's heard of of the forbidden love between Romeo & Juliet and in the modern and urban twist, the two main characters are paired up in chemistry class.

First off, I absolutely loved how Simone Elkeles alternates between Alex's POV and Brittany's POV. Sometimes I might get annoyed at alternating chapters (I used to dislike books like that!) but I think it makes this book even better. Brittany is captain of cheerleading and to everyone, she is viewed as perfect, however that is not the case. Alex is in a gang but there is more to him than meets the eye, whose POV I especially liked reading.

I didn't think I would enjoy this book as much as I did but luckily I was wrong! This has been one of my favorites books I've read this year (not that I've read a lot..will get on that!) because there were just so many things I loved about it! The writing, the romance, the forced partnership (LOVE THAT IN BOOKS!) and I haven't read a lot of books that deal with gangs and I thought it was a interesting change from the other books I read.

Epilogue = Win!


Characters: 5/5
Originality: 4/5
Ending: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Voice: 5/5
Plot: 5/5

Favorite character(s): Isabel, Paque, Mrs. Peterson were all great characters!
Cover: A- I found myself looking at the cover numerous times while reading the book. Typically, I don't care for covers with people on them but jeez the cover is HOT! I can't even describe how much I love the people and their pose! The only thing I didn't like was the pink text for the authors name and how the back is a pink background.
Thoughts: FANTASTIC book! I want need to read Rules of Attractions ASAP! 5 Stars


Book Monster said...

I haven't read Perfect Chemistry but this book & Perfect Chemistry have been getting really good reviews XD So I'm eager to read this series. Awesome review!!! I agree with the switching of chapters between characters. I hate that, but I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Anonymous said...

I kept looking at the cover too while reading. It is hot. ;D Glad you enjoyed this one!

Anonymous said...

I've heard great things about this book!!! :) Glad you liked it!!!