Title: Perfect Chemistry
Author: Simone Elkeles
Series: Perfect Chemistry, #1
Age Group: young adult
Release Date: December 23, 2008
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.Honestly, I don't know what to think of Perfect Chemistry. No matter how hard I attempted, I could not get attached to Alex or Brittany, for that matter. Sure, the book drew me in. I couldn't stop reading. But it wasn't in the "This is an amazing book, I can't stop reading!". It was more in the "I can't wait to stop reading so I can start another book!" kind of way.
Alright, now that I've stated that, let's move on to specific details. First we'll start with Alex. I couldn't help but disapprove of him. He's a gang member! Sure, I get it. He did it to protect his family, but that still doesn't make it right. No, I didn't like him. There were times when I felt a little bit of sympathy, but that fleeting emotion was usually overtaken by dislike.
Now, Brittany, she was okay, to say the most. Of course, she's blonde, blue-eyed, and a cheerleader. She's popular and her boyfriend is the captain of the football team, plus, she's rich. I liked how she was cold to the world and tried to be perfect. I can relate. But, I also liked how she treated her sister, Shelley, who wasn't quite right. But, still, I couldn't help but think that Brittany was a bit to vulnerable and willing to obey Alex for my liking. I like it more when heroines are headstrong and defiant, not meek and vulnerable. So, I still didn't like her.
Over all, I just couldn't approve of this book. There was a lot of drugs, weapons, sex, cussing, and teenage hormones involved. I know, I know. This is a real life kind of book, but it just wasn't my kind of book. The ending I think was the most entertaining. But, still, not enough to make me like Perfect Chemistry. I still haven't decided if I want to read the other two books in the series. I may read them if I never have anything to read one day.
If you asked me if I would recommend you this book, here's what I would say. No, I don't recommend it, but if you're stubborn, go ahead and read it(if you haven't already), but be warned about the drugs, sex, cussing, and weapons involved.