Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

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Summary:

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.

My thoughts:

You might think that this is like those cheesy romantic teen books and movies where the girl after hating the guy falls in love with him and blah, blah, blah!!
Nope, its nothing like that. This book is more than that. It is one of the best romantic books I have ever read and very beautiful.

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Elkeles breathes new life into an old tale, and the writing is done in multiple POV, showing both Alex and Brittany’s point of view, keeping Perfect Chemistry evenly paced. What I loved about the most is that this book could make you feel good while reading, but at the same time it would make you feel sad about the life Alex is trying to get out of, and feel sorry for Brittany’s sister. These two both have so much going on in the background of their lives, yet they can give themselves completely to each other. There is also some great drama, gritty dialog and a couple of twists along the way to keep you excited.

This little love story will warm your heart, and make you long for the days of first loves, when you could look into someone’s eyes and although they have flaws you see them as simply perfect. Even though Alex and Brittany’s relationship does move at a fast pace, their thoughts, insecurities, hang-ups, and urges all ring true and are easy for nearly any teen to identify with.

There’s no flowery language or stunning descriptions here, but the writing is real and down-to-earth, yet executed in such a way that you really feel what the characters are going through. And the ending left me grinning like an idiot.

Lastly, I was so intrigued and amused, I had to go buy it. All I’ll say is that it was amazing. I thought I would despise the female lead, Brittney, but from the first chapter, she shows she’s not the stuck-up ditz I thought she’d be and I really connected with her. Alex, ah Alex. I always had a thing for stoic bad-boys with tragic pasts. And, what can I say, I’m a hopeless romantic after all. The chemistry (pun intended) between them was intense, and made me melt into a big happy puddle of goo.

I give this book 4 out of 5 planets:

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