Sunday, 24 July 2011

A review for Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

Posted by Jess
Published Date: January 1st, 2011
Finished Date: July 24th, 2011
Source: RAK 
Format: Paperback
Pages: 360
The Blurb from Goodreads: 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.

The Review: Ohmigod! I am actually in LOVE with this book! 

It was actually my co-blogger Donna that recommended this book to me, she said I just HAD to read it and fall in love with it. And my god did I fall. Hard. 

Perfect Chemistry isn't like any sort of book I read, I like fantasy love stories, forbidden love stories. So I wasn't expecting to like Perfect Chemistry as much as I did. As I said, I fell hard. 

At first I wasn't sure if I would like Britanny, she's that sterotypical-like ohmigod!-American cheerleader, perfect hair, perfect face, rich parents, just perfect. But Britanny turned out to be one of the most genuine and down to earth characters I've read about. She isn't perfect; its a facade. Yeah she's rich, but her family is totally dysfunctional. She's had to grow up pretty quick and look after her disabled older sister Shelley. I just found Britanny such an easy character to like, and I got emotionally caught up in her. She's a wonderful heroine and the best evidence of not judging someone based on looks. 

Now Alex, ah Alex. What can I say about Alex. I can't get him out of my head! We all know I'm partial to a bad boy, and Alex is the epitomy of bad-he's a gang member for crying out loud!- you don't get more bad than that. I fell in love with Alex straight away, there was nothing I didn't love about him. He's gorgeous, tanned, muscled and he speaks Spanish, what more could you want? Except his real name: Alejandro. Say it with me...Aleeejaaandrroo...mmm, that name just rolls right off the tongue doesn't it? Melts in your mouth like chocolate, oo I could just spread him all over crackers...*ahem* sorry got a bit carried away there. Yeah Alejandrooo, he's fiiiine. 

Ahem, moving on. Great book. All the characters were likeable except Colin, I wanted to punch him. Really hard. 

Perfect Chemistry is fun, light and very funny I found myself laughing out loud at a few parts. Simone Elkeles has created a wonderful story about love. Two very different people brought together by a mutual understanding of having a hard life. 

The only thing I would change about this book is the Epilogue, I just felt it did nothing for the story and wasn't that necessary. Other than that though it's a fabulous read and I recommend it. Although I will recommend this to 16+ readers as there are some scenes and certain words that are probably not suitable for the younger YA majority. Otherwise definitely, definitely read this book!! 

I look forward to reading Rules of Attraction and Chain Reaction to find out more on Carlos and Luis. 

Anyway, I hope this review didn't suck too much. I'm going to go think about Alejandro Fuentes.


Carina said...

Oooh, Alejandro. :) :D

I just love those novels and can't wait to get my hands on a copy of the final book Chain Reaction. I wish there were ten more Fuentes brothers. :D

I'm glad you liked this. Great review. :)

Book Passion for Life said...

Thanks Carina. I adored this book. I couldn't put it down. I literally had about 250 something pages left to read yesterday and I manged to read them all in about a 5 hour sitting. Totally worth it.
I cannot wait to read Rules of Attraction and Chain Reaction. I like the Fuentes brothers...a lot!

Stephlikesyourface said...

So glad you loved this book, it's so amazing! If you're in the mood listen to Lady Gaga's Alejandro, it's kinda perfect :L I can't wait for Chain Reaction :D

Alba said...

lol I loved this book it was amazing though...due to me being latin and knowing a bit about how gang members talk between them it kind of threw me off at times with the spanish used... :/
still it was an amazing read and now I'm addicted to Simone's books! wait till you read Rules of Attraction! it's even better though Alex YUM!!!

Anonymous said...

Glad you liked it lol! :D

Its one of my favourite books!

Amy @ Turn the Page