Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
Release Date: December 23, 2008
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA Fiction
The Story: 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 Review: Perfect Chemistry is a new look at the old saying that opposites attract - but way more fun. Brittan Ellis has it all. She's the most popular girl in school. She's beautiful and has the admiration of every guy in school. She gets perfect grades and her family is wealthy. She takes pride in how perfect she is and she's not going to let anything change her plans.
Alex Fuentes couldn't be more different. He is the most feared guy in school and being a member of a dangerous gang certainly contributes to that image. Everyone gives him a wide berth and he's definitely not someone Brittany would associate herself with. But when they are forced to work together as partners in chemistry class, all that changes. Their differences cause them to clash and you'd think they couldn't stand each other - except for the undeniable chemistry they have for one another. A relationship between perfection and danger can't really exist, can it?
Perfect Chemistry is unputdownable. It's fun, sexy and a book I'll be reading again and again.