Thursday, April 01, 2010

REVIEW: Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
Pages: 368
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 1st April 2010

From Amazon
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. Forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, Brittany finds herself having to protect everything she's worked so hard for - her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend and, most importantly, 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 the closer Alex and Brittany get to each other the more they realise that sometimes appearances can be deceptive and that you have to look beneath the surface to discover the truth.

When Brittany starts her senior year, she didn't expect to get partnered with Alex Fuentes, resident bad boy and member of the Latino Blood. Alex didn't expect it either. A gang member and a 'perfect' girl; could the two be any more different?

This books is released today in the UK (hurray!), and I've been so excited becuase I've read so many fantastic reviews of it!
It really is an incredible love story between two unlikely characters.

Perfect Chemistry is a story of forbidden love between a 'perfect' rich girl, and a a poor gang member, both from complete opposite sides of the town. So what is this sudden appeal they each find themselves with? Surely they can't be falling for each other? In this classic Romeo & Juliet-style tale of star-crossed lovers, it seems that they are. 

Characters were fantastic! They were so three-dimensional (if you know what I mean..) Brittany and Alex were very well created, there was so many levels to them! I liked how everyone thought that Brittany was so perfect, but inside, she was far from it and crumbling away, a nice surprise to the theme, and Alex is shown as a typical 'gang member' but he isn't, he is suffering from his own problems too. I like how Simone has twisted the cliched storyline into something completely meaningful. There is a great message in the book, and it also touches on racism and disability, as well as other themes.

This was the first book I've read by Elkeles, and I will definitely be reading other books by her in the future. She has definitely won me over with this fabby book. If you haven't read it yet, go get a copy!

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