Thursday, July 29, 2010

Justine's Thoughts: Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

Perfect Chemistry
By Simone Elkeles



Book Description (From Goodreads):

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.

A quote:

We're actors in our lives, pretendin' to be who we want people to think we are.

Any thoughts:

Finally! I’ve been waiting for a long time to read this and the moment has finally come. Just like everyone else, I absolutely loved Perfect Chemistry. It was just the right read to up my reading habit (since it has been slacking lately), for I read it in such a short period of time.

The first thing that popped into my mind was Romeo & Juliet, the infamous star-crossed lovers. Yes, Perfect Chemistry is similar to Shakespeare’s plot but it is just as different. The realities beneath the surface of Brittany Ellis and Alex Fuentes are revealed, bringing them only closer to each other. The tension between them is irresistible and hilarious that it is almost impossible not to cheer for them. They are just so perfect for each other.

One of the things that makes this novel what it is -- amazing! -- is the alternating POVs. It helps us get into the minds of both Brittany and Alex so we fully understand their intentions. With this, Simone Elkeles develops characters and delves into the issues such as drugs, violence, gangs, disabilities and topics like friendship and love. Perfect Chemistry is a perfect read that will pull you into the two different worlds of Brittany and Alex and will leave you wanting for more -- *cough*Alex Fuentes *cough*.

1 comment:

  1. Isn't this book just great!? I love Simone's books! Great review!


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