Perfect Chemistry - Simone Elkeles | Book Review

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Pages: 357
Publication date: December 23rd 2008
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
How I got the copy: Library
Rating:  5 out of 5 Stars


A fresh, urban twist on the classic tale of star-crossed lovers.

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.

I absolutely loved this!

I tried picking this book up a few months ago, read the first couple of pages, and thought it was going to be a typical cliché of boy, the bad boy, and girl, the prom queen, who hate each other because of social norms but end up falling in love after getting to know each other. I kept hearing about how amazing this book was so, I decided to picked it up again and now I know what everyone was talking about! Even though this book has lots of YA romance tropes it also includes difference aspects and situation I haven't read in other YA romances. 

In some ways, Perfect Chemistry is a cliché YA love story but this book offers so much more. Britney keeps up a perfect image that other people have given her which she hate and her family life is crumbling because of her mother. Britney's mother is always criticizing her and pushing her that she needs to be perfect because they have to be perfect. Her mother is very worried about what their neighbours will think of them.

Alex's father was apart of a gang, Bloods, and Alex has been in the Bloods since his father died. Since the age of six, Alex has been the man of the house and has been trying to protect his family the best he can. He wants his two younger brothers to have a better life than his and go to college instead of getting involved in the gang. Alex only joined because he's made to believe that family-hood was apart of the gang and Alex needed the money and the suppose of a strong family. The gang would always be there for Alex but he's figured out that's not exactly how gangs work...

It's not until Chemistry class when Alex is partnered up with Britney that he starts facing the truth that he also wants a shot of a future. Both characters help each other face the truth of who they want to be and how to stand up to their demons but demons aren't easily defeated. When Alex and Britney both fall for each other Alex needs to choose what is more important. Does he leave Britney for the Bloods or will he leave the bloods for Britney? Even with the consequences. 

I love this book and I want to (and will) read all of Simone Elkeles books! 


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