Wednesday, 30 March 2011

REVIEW Perfect Chemistry (Perfect Chemistry 1) Simone Elkeles

Author: Simone Elkeles
Pages: 360
Genre: Young Adult
Wlker Books for Young Readers

From the Blurb.

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.

REVIEW:  5 out of 5 Stars

I absolutely loved Perfect Chemistry!  a touching story about a couple from completely different walks of life yet so similar in their daily struggles.

Alex Fuentes is a bad boy, unwilling gang member from the wrong side of the tracks & Brittany Ellis is a picture perfect rich girl with everything, except a personal secret, she has a disabled sister she doesn't want anyone knowing about. Alex had his bad boy image down pat which made people fear him but Brittany who had also perfected a 'perfect' image saw beyond the act to delve into the 'real' Alex, who was actually quite compassionate & caring, especially with his family, friends & Brittany's sister.

When thrown together in Chemistry class, Alex and Brittany were forced to work together to complete an assignment, during this time Brittany came to realise Alex was more than just a pretty faced, tattooed covered rebel, he was actually quite smart and  deep down wanted to make something of his life and to get out of the gang relations he was thrown into.

Alex and Brittany balanced one another despite their different upbringings & the banter between them was witty and fun, seeing them both fight against their attraction and then fall for one another was really sweet but the suffering each had to endure was heartbreaking.

Each chapter was written from each of their perspectives, it was great to get a glimpse of what each was thinking as well as what they were feeling and going though. 

I enjoyed the secondary characters, Paco was certainly a devoted best friend; It was heart wrenching what happened to him.

The epilogue was wonderful, I am looking forward to reading about Carlos, Alex's brother in Rules of Attraction.

I lovely engaging and fast read story of life lessons.

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