Perfect Chemistry Book Review

 Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

 

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
Release Date: 23nd December 2008
Publisher: Walkers Childrens
Source: Goodreads
Pages: 368

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.

My Thoughts

Oh, my God, this book! It was AMAZING! I managed to devour Perfect Chemistry in just a few days! It’s the kind of book you can’t put down and have to keep on reading, no matter what else you have to do!

Perfect Chemistry was, to put it simply, perfect. I loved the way the story was written, with each chapter alternating between Brittany and Alex’s points of view. I found it intriguing to read both sides of the story. I also liked the addition of Spanish words throughout the book – I actually had to look some up even though I’ve been studying Spanish for years!

The characters were brilliant too. Brittany may seem like an airhead at first, but there is a lot more depth to her under the surface. Only a handful of people know the ‘real’ Brittany and her not-so-perfect home life. She wants the best grades and great friends so that no one will find out what is really going on at home. As with a lot of other readers of this book, I fell in love with Alex. Sure, he could be a bit of a jerk, but he’s intelligent and caring, and it’s clear that he truly loves Brittany.

It goes without saying that the formula of Perfect Chemistry has been done so many times before. You know, good girl falls for bad boy. Think Grease, West Side Story, etc. However, Simone Elkeles has taken this and turned it into a beautifully emotional and heart-warming novel. Perfect Chemistry left me in tears and I didn’t want it to end! I’ll definitely be reading Rules of Attraction and Chain Reaction at some point!

When I finished the book
Have you read Perfect Chemistry? What did you think of it?

2 Comment

  1. I need to get read more! I genuine have more time to read lately and makes me sad 🙁

  2. thanks for the review of this book, sounds like my kind of thing!

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