18 November 2011

Perfect Chemistry

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Book Details

Author: Simone Elkeles
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 479 KB
Print Length: 368 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0802798225
Publisher: Walker Books (April 21, 2010)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
Language: English

Book Summary

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. (taken from goodreads.com)

Book Review

Perfect Chemistry is a familiar classic plot of two star-crossed lovers. Despite of the cliché, this book has been a page-turner. I didn’t stop until I was on the last page. I was totally hooked with the story as well as the characters. They are flawed and very real. Written in the perspective of both Alex and Brittany, the author gives the ancient Romeo and Juliet tale a new twist. I like it this way, readers will know what is going on inside the main character’s brain, including their emotions.  

Way too different from each other, Brittany and Alex are forced to spend time together to work on their Chemistry project, and soon – chemistry erupts between them. They began to know each other more than what their reputation tells. They end up falling fast, and deeply in love with each other. The ending may be quite cheesy, but I didn’t mind – because the whole book is simply marvelous. This is my first Simone Elkeles novel, and I was not disappointed.   

The story doesn’t only revolve around romance, but it also tackles courage, sacrifice, acceptance, diversity, and independence. I was glad that this book was more than just steamy scenes. Perfect Chemistry is realistic, sweet and perfect.

I read the next book right after I finished this one.

Favorite Quotes
“Problem is, the bathroom pass can't help you escape life. It's still there when you come out. Problems and crap don't go away hiding in the can.” 

“I want to try making things right because picking up the pieces is way better than leaving them the way they are.” 

“Playing with fire doesn't necessarily get you burned.” 

“Unfortunately, real life doesn't have a remote control.” 
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