Monday, February 16, 2009

Perfect Chemistry

Author: Simone Elkeles

Summary: (from Simone Elkeles site) A modern tale of star-crossed lovers with a fresh urban twist. At Fairfield High School, on the outskirts of Chicago , everyone knows that south-siders mixing with north-siders can be explosive. So when Brittany Ellis and Alejandro “Alex” Fuentes are forced to be lab partners in chemistry class, this human experiment leads to unexpected revelations – that Brittany ’s flawless reputation is a cover for her troubled home life, that Alex’s bad-boy persona hides his desire to break free from gang ties, and that when they’re together, life somehow makes more sense. Breaking through the stereotypes and expectations that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart, Perfect Chemistry takes readers to both sides of the tracks in a passionate love story about looking beneath the surface.

Review: I love this story. I guess part of it is that I can identify with some of the things that go on in real life. It alternates between Alex's point of view and Brittany's so the characters are well-developed. I suggest that no one under 13 read this 'cause it has a lot of really strong language and also some sexual content. I did have one complaint though; Alex's side of the story sounds like its coming from a girl in some parts, but I guess that's because Simone Elkeles is a girl. Anyway, it was pretty predictable and the ending was a little cliche, but the way the author wrote it made it one of the my favorite books ever!

Rating: 5/5

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