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Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

May 11th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.

Description: 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.

I really enjoyed this book and the more I read it sort of reminded me of S.E. Hinton’s book, The Outsiders.  Alex reminded me of the character Dallas from The Outsiders if Dallas had ended up having a relationship with Cherry.   I absolutely loved Alex’s character and it was heartbreaking to see what he had to go through to try and protect his family and the sacrifices his friends make for him.  Brittany’s character was also touching as you watch her love for her sister and it was great to see her realize that she did not have to be the “perfect” daughter and deny herself happiness.  I haven’t had any exposure to gang life and have not read many books about it so the look you get into the lives of the people who get sucked in and see what might have been if they had the chance to go straight or leave that life behind is eye opening.  It breaks the stereotype of what gang bangers are like.  This was an excellent book that I highly suggest, especially for those who loved The Outsiders.

Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Young Adult

6 Responses

  1. Casey

    I didn’t think this was the best written book but for some reason I was completely hooked. It may make my top picks for the year because I read my favorite parts over and over before I returned it to the library and I’m thinking about checking it out again to go over them some more. Don’t exactly know what it was about it but I loved Alex and Brittany.

  2. dsuzuki

    Yup, I agree. For me I don’t care so much about being “well written” as long as the writing isn’t horrible. I just care about a good story and this one hooked me :)

  3. austenfan

    Hmm, this looks interesting. Hope I can find a copy of it. :)

  4. Roxy

    I LOVED THIS BOOK! it was so amazingly mysterious and interesting and frustrating all at the same time. alex seemed like a really sexy guyy. :)
    i just loved this book… i have read it over so many times already.

  5. dsuzuki

    I’m hoping her other books are just as good. I just bought another one.

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