Monday, 10 June 2013
Perfect Chemistry- Simone Elkeles
Published: Dec 23, 2008
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.
This story is told from two points of view, Brittany's and Alex's. It gives a view into both their worlds which are completely different. Alex is the rebel gang member and Brittany is the perfect princess. We follow their stories as they fall in love, and see how two different worlds can come together.
I'm not really sure how to describe my opinion on this. I didn't really think it was that great but i didn't completely hate it. It kind of just felt like any other contemporary and there was nothing that really set it apart.
I liked the way it was told from both points of view but i felt the characters didn't have as much depth as they could have had. They each had their own personalities but they weren't anything really that interesting. The life Alex leads is interesting but him as a person, not so much and Brittany is just like every other rich 'perfect' girl you read about.
I felt that love story was pretty predictable and you could pretty much pick everything that happened.
It could be just that i think i am a little over YA contemporary at the moment but this book was just kind of meh for me.
I would recommend it for anyone who IS a fan of YA contemporary but if your not then i would say to give it a miss.