Saturday, August 31, 2013

Perfect Chemistry

Title: Perfect Chemistry (Perfect Chemistry #1)

Author: Simone Elkeles

Genre: YA/Romance/Fiction

Release Date: December 23, 2008

My Rating:

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.

~ Goodreads

Perfect Chemistry is absolutely ahh-maaa-ziiing!  I could not put it down!  I was a bit reluctant to get it just because of the whole gang theme, but in the end Perfect Chemistry was a winner.

Brittany Ellis has it all: money, a jock boyfriend, a nice car, designer clothes.  But her home life is the exact opposite.  An eccentrically psychotic mother, a father that disappears almost every night, and a sister that needs her more than she can imagine.
When Alex Fuentes walked into Brittany's life, the last thing she ever expected between them was chemistry.
Alex Fuentes is a hard-core gang banger.  He's hard on the outside and likes to keep it that way.  But when Alex takes a bet to get with Brittany, he gradually uncovers the real girl underneath all the designer clothes and makeup.  And he falls hard.

So, this is sort of like Romeo & Juliet, girl and boy fall for each other, but their families and backgrounds are not in the least compatible.  Star-crossed lovers.  And let me tell you, Brittany and Alex are polar opposites; Brittany is soft and girly, while Alex is gritty and a total bad boy.
I really liked that the story was told from alternating view points, because I got to get a glimpse into Alex and Brittany's mind and home life.  I have to say, I preferred Brittany's view point just because she was easier to relate to and her life wasn't as complicated as Alex's.

Brittany and Alex's relationship developed at a steady pace.  Their interactions were very fluent and produced sparks, hence the title.  I loved watching Alex fall for Brittany, a girl he never imagined for himself and vice versa.  So sweet!

There were also some really humorous scenes.  The wedding scene (Paco!) is the funniest, in my opinion.  I couldn't stop laughing because it was too comical!

If you like modern love stories with a major twist, then you should definitely consider reading Perfect Chemistry!

Overall, I'm giving Perfect Chemistry a 5/5 because I loved the star-crossed lovers theme and who couldn't love this book?  It's amazing.


  1. I LOVE this book!
    New follower :)


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