Saturday, May 7, 2011

Review for Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

Perfect Chemistry (Perfect Chemistry, #1)Perfect Chemistry

Auhtor: Simone Elkeles
Publisher: Walker Books
Source: PDF from Diana (Thanx D!!)
Challenges: For The Love of YA
248 pages

"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. " - Goodreads

     WOW! This review is going to be short because the faster you read it the sooner you can get to the book! This is a romantic's dream. Granted, it has a fair amount of cussing (but if you're like me and just skip those words) it has an amazing story with amazing characters!

    Perfect Chemistry's plot is well perfect. You've got your good girl (who does have problems!) and you're bad boy. They're love is dangerous. Yet, they still find each other. The ending was fitting too! I kinda laughed and cried because I didn't want it to end and yet it was a little funny. 

    Alex is so *swooooon-stastic* If you like bad boy's with good hearts then he's the one for you! And me. I loved his character and I loved the fact that the author mixed in Spanish with his speech. I liked that :) Brittany, I found her to be oh so relatable. Sure she's gorgeous, popular, and smart-ish but she has family problems that she tries to hide from the rest of the world. I have to admit that would be alot of work. The other characters were well done too. I found Brittany's friends to be well not the best in the world. I loved Paco and Isabel. They were great friends.

     I read this in basically 7 hours straight - yes I did sleep in between but I just couldn't leave the story! That's how good it was! I think that if you're a romantic, you'll go kooky over this so I am telling you to get it! I loved it! It has made it to my favourites and I hope that everyone reads it! IT"S INCREDIBLE!

Check out Diana's review too, she loved it just as much as me! (She also did a way better review for this amazing book!)


But I was itching to make Little Miss Perfecta stumble in her introduction of me. And stumbling she is.
“Miss Ellis?”
I watch in amusement as Perfection herself looks up at Peterson. Oh, she’s good. This partner of mine knows how to hide her true emotions, something I recognize because I do it all the time.
“Yes?” Brittany says, tilting her head and smiling like a beauty queen.
I wonder if that smile has ever gotten her out of a speeding ticket.
“It’s your turn. Introduce Alex to the class.”
I lean an elbow on the lab table, waiting for an introduction she has to either make up or fess up she knows less than crap about me. She glances at my comfortable position and I can tell from her deer- in-the-headlights look I’ve stumped her.
“This is Alejandro Fuentes,” she starts, her voice hitching the slightest bit. My temper flares at the mention of my given name, but I keep a cool facade as she continues with a made- up introduction.
“When he wasn’t hanging out on street corners and harassing innocent people this summer, he toured the inside of jails around the city, if you know what I mean. And he has a secret desire nobody would ever guess.”
The room suddenly becomes quiet. Even Peterson straightens to attention. Hell, even I’m listening like the words coming out of Brittany’s lying, pink- frosted lips are gospel.
“His secret desire,” she continues, “is to go to college and become a chemistry teacher, like you, Mrs. Peterson.”
Yeah, right. I look over at my friend Isa, who seems amused that a white girl isn’t afraid of giving me smack in front of the entire class. Brittany flashes me a triumphant smile, thinking she’s won this round. Guess again, gringa.
I sit up in my chair while the class remains silent.
“This is Brittany Ellis,” I say, all eyes now focused on me. “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.”
It might not be what she wrote, but it’s probably close enough to the truth. Unlike her introduction of me. Chuckles come from mis cuates in the back of the class, and Brittany is as stiff as a board beside me, as if my words hurt her precious ego.
Brittany Ellis is used to people fawning all over her and she could use a little wake- up call. I’m actually doing her a favor. Little does she know I’m not finished with her intro.
Her secret desire,” I add, getting the same reaction as she did during her introduction, “is to date a Mexicano before she graduates.”
As expected, my words are met by comments and low whistles from the back of the room.
“Way to go, Fuentes,” my friend Lucky barks out.
“I’ll date you, mamacita,” another says
I give a high five to another Latino Blood named Marcus sitting behind me just as I catch Isa shaking her head as if I did something wrong. What? I’m just having a little fun with a rich girl from the north side.
Brittany’s gaze shifts from Colin to me. I take one look at Colin and with my eyes tell him game on. Colin’s face instantly turns bright red, resembling a chile pepper. I have definitely invaded his territory.



  1. Gosh, I am SO HAPPY you enjoyed this book... I'm so excited to have someone to rant and vent about it with :)haha! Isn't Alex just, ugh,... words fail when it comes to describing him. He's just amazing! totally agree with the cussing part. There was various times during the book when I had to look up a word cause I didnt know what it meant (and I speak Spanish!) but overall it was a GREAT read. awesome fan girl review Lulu :)

  2. Wow, I guess you liked this book! I've heard nothing but good things about it. It's not the typical book I'd read, but I'm so curious now!

  3. Diana- Yes, yes and yes! I totally agree, 110 percent!! Girl I think we're like some of the biggest fans! Thanx for reading!

    Midnyte Reader - Yes I did, if you do decide to read it I hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by!


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