Author: Simone Elkeles
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
Release Date: December 23rd, 2008
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
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.” – Goodreads
I typically don’t read straight up romance stories. (I find them too cheesy or predictable.) And yet, I tore through this book within a matter of days. It was one of those books where I’d tried pacing myself to make the fun last longer, but . . . we all know how that goes.
Admittedly, some of the dialogue was unrealistic and I could predict where the plot was going, but I more so got my enjoyment from watching the plot unfold.
The book has its fair share of cliches, but the pacing was spot on and it had a wonderfully voiced dual-perspective going on. So, I was able to see past my few issues with it.
Perfect Chemistry is just plain fun. Addicting, even. If you’re looking for a light, entertaining romance read without being nit-picky about improbable things/things you’ve seen before, I’d recommend this to you.