Monday, January 3, 2011

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

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.

So all of the reviews I had read for this book had been great so I was a little nervous about reading it, I didn't think it would be as good as they said, but it was!

From the description I thought that I wasn't going to like Brittany. I was wrong. From the second page of the book I loved her, you could immediately tell that she was a nice person from the way she acted with her sister. Alex I had mixed feelings about, but he definitely grew on me. Talk about a hunky bad boy!

One thing I liked about the book was how the author didn't immediately have Brittany and Alex hook up, they had plenty of tension filled moments first. I also loved the looks into Alex's life in a gang, they really beefed the book up for me, elevated it to a level above a silly teen love story (even though I love silly teen love stories).

I only wish they had made the cover a little steamier. The covers of the other two books in the trilogy are HOT, but I do think that the cover models accurately portray Alex and Brittany.

I can't wait to read book two!

Cover: 3/5
Characters: 5/5
Ending: 5/5 ( I loved the Epilogue! So cute!)

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