Perfect Chemistry

I really liked this book. I liked it because it was a bit different from all the other love stories that I read. Different races and totally different people coming together and falling in love. You don’t have to be the same race to love someone. I also like how the story was not just about their relationship. Yes they fall in love quick but don’t all love stories start that way? What I like is that there was a lot of home life mixed in. We get to see what each character goes through at home or just outside of school where they put up a front for everyone else.

Dual perspective; Brittany is a cheerleader and has the perfect life to the people she goes to school with. Body, hair, clothes and car, she has it all. But at home is a different story. Alex is a bad boy who’s in a gang. Most people at school know this but they don’t really know what it’s like to always have to protect his family and the consequences that he faces. These two people are paired together in chemistry class and it turns out they have pretty good chemistry themselves. It’s not all fun and games with these two though, and this book depicts their journey.

Simple writing. There wasn’t as much detail as I usually like to read. I felt some parts went by too quick. I didn’t realize that the second and third book did not follow their story anymore so I definitely thought the end wrapped up too quick. The second and third book follow their brothers stories, which we never saw too much of them in this book so I am curious about their journey’s. There is some Spanish that is played into the dialog and I had to look up most words because I didn’t know what they meant and there wasn’t much translation. I found that a bit annoying but that’s just my opinion.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading Rules of Attraction and Chain Reaction. I would recommend it to any teenager to read for a great love story that brings different races together without judgement.


Perfect Chemistry Book Cover Perfect Chemistry
Simone Elkeles
Juvenile Fiction
Bloomsbury Publishing USA
January 6, 2015

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.

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