Tuesday, November 29, 2011
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.
Perfect Chemistry is about a girl and boy who hate each other. It’s funny, suspenseful and touches your heart. It resembles the story of Romeo & Juliet, but it is also quite unique too, despite the stereotypical characters, the dialogue and characters bring it something that you can’t resist.
Alex (or Alejandro, which he hates being called) lives with his two younger brothers and his mother. He’s living on the poor side of town and he’s in a gang called the “Latino Blood.” There are rumors that he’s in to drugs, been arrested several times and he gets into knife fights. “Alex probably brings his dates sharp knives as gifts, in case she’ll need one when she’s out on a date with him.” But really, he’s like a leather teddy bear; tough on the outside, yet squishy on the inside.
Brittany lives with her anxious mother, mostly absent father and her autistic older sister, Shelley. She’s living on the poor side of town and she’s in the popular crowd and the cheerleading team. There are rumors that she is perfect, happy and only cares about her boyfriend and shopping. “This summer she went to the mall, bought new clothes so she could expand her wardrobe, and spent her daddy’s money on plastic surgery to enhance her, ahem, assets.” But really, she’s just a sweet hard piece of candy; heavenly tasting, yet she could do some serious damage to your teeth.
Overall, I loved Perfect Chemistry even though it has some flaws; Simone Elkeles brings something to this story that has never been told before.