Title: Perfect Chemistry
Author: Simone Elkeles
Reading Level: Young Adult
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.
When Brittany starts her senior year her plans were to reconnect with her boyfriend and her friends, be the best captain of the Pom Poms anyone had ever seen and keep up her appearance of being perfect and having a perfect life. When Alex starts his senior year he expects to not even finish it. Being a member of the Latino Blood gets in the way of school. What they both didn’t expect was, each other. A gang member and a seemingly perfect girl would never have a chance but, is that all they really are?
When I started Perfect Chemistry all I wanted was a break from whiny annoying main characters. I just wanted something fun to read. What I got is a book that will probably stay with me for years to come. It was perfect! I would not change a thing. It really is an incredible love story between two unlikely characters.
Alex and Brittany’s relationship is the ultimate forbidden love story. One a seemingly flawless rich girl the other a poor gang member. But they are definitely more than meets the eye. I found myself thinking what would I do in their shoes. This was such a complex story. Simone Elkeles really did a amazing job.
So often in books you get characters that fall flat, or that are one dimensional. Not in Perfect Chemistry. Alex and Brittany have layers and layers that are revealed as the story progresses. The narration goes back and forth between the two. I think that makes the story so much better. You get to know both of them intimately and not just how one perceives the other. I fell in love with these characters and even days later I’m still thinking about them.
The writing is superb. Spot on. And any other positive phrase you can think of. It was not predictable at all. Just when I thought I had things figured out Elkeles throws you a curve ball. I loved that! On the surface this is just a teen romance but it’s so much more. There is a great message in the book and it makes you think.
I will definitely be reading other books by Simone Elkeles in the future. She has definitely won me over with this amazing book. If you haven’t read it yet please do and soon! 5 Stars!