Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

Review

perfect chemistryABOUT THE BOOK

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.

 

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Review

I was into this book from the first page. I truly honestly felt sorry for Brittany and the way her mom treated her, along with it seemingly being only her who truly cared for her sister, Shelley. I am not normally a person who is really fond of the books that alternate, but I am starting to like them. I enjoy getting both sides of the story. Both perspectives. I enjoyed being able to get into both of their heads to really understand what they’re thinking and how they had each been effected by each other. Honestly, I think if the story had just been through Brittany’s or just through Alex’s perspective, I wouldn’t have enjoyed it nearly as much. I really really liked getting to hear Alex’s point of view on everything, because you could really tell that he didn’t want the life that he had been dealt, the life that, well, for lack of better terminology, chose him. I really liked the underlying message of this book, which I found to be, “Don’t judge a person by the color of their skin, or where they live.” Some of the nicest people can be some of the poorest, and also, some of the nicest. I also liked reading about how Brittany fell more for Alex when she saw him interact with her sister, Shelley! One last thing that I must mention is the fact that the author didn’t have Brittany being a teen slut. I like that she had her wait until she was a senior in high school and from the epilauge, you can tell that she was only with 1 guy. ALSO – I LOVE the name the author chose for Brittany & Alex’s son 23 years in the future. It honestly made me tear up. I am so looking forward to reading Rules of Attraction, which I have already placed a hold on at the library so I should be able to start that one tomorrow! Yay!

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