Review: Perfect Chemistry
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
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.
I’ve seen all the great reviews for Perfect Chemistry, but never really felt compelled to read it. I thought it would be a cheesy mash up of West Side Story meets Romeo and Juliet love story. Instead, I was delightfully surprised to find out that the book was beautifully written with in depth characters and a plot that kept the readers drawn in.
You know how much I love awesome characters and Alex and Brittany are no exceptions to it. On the surface Brittany seems to be leading the perfect life as captain of the cheerleading squad while Alex is a gang member from the other side of the tracks. But as the story alternates between Brittany and Alex’s point of view, the reader slowly sees the depth hidden behind the masks they hide behind. The characters are complex and real, which made the story that much better. I never thought I would fall in love with a gangbanger, but Alex pulled me in like a moth to a flame. I’ll admit I have a soft spot for bad guys with a good heart (I mean, who doesn’t?!).
Just like the characters that make this book, Perfect Chemistry is more than just another love story between star crossed lovers. There’s so much depth to the story and it forces you to look beneath the surface and see pass social differences and skin color.
If you’re a fan of young adult, I’m sure you’ll love Perfect Chemistry. I’m definitely excited to try some of her other books.
Loosely based off of each other series order:
- Perfect Chemistry
- Rules of Attraction
- Chain Reaction