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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Book Review: Pefect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles


where Ig ot my copy: B&N

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.

Brittany Ellis' life has to be perfect, even though her sister, Shelley has cerebral palsy and have autism. Her mother freaks out and gives her the guilt tip when she does maintain or exceeds her expectation. Her boyfriend Colin came home this summer changed and pressuring her into having sex. She is surrounded by people who thinks image is everything and doesn't know who she can fully trust. To make matters worse her chemistry teacher partnered him with gangbanger.

Alex Fuentes lives on the south side of town, where he needs to carry a gun for protection and maintain his troublemaker and dangerous appearance. Being a member of the Latino Blood gang, he had no choice but to act like one. But in reality he had never used his gun, he keeps his family safe, her works to help his mother put food on their table and he really wanted to go to college. Ever since his dad died he had always thought that his destiny was already written and that he had no choice but to follow it, little did he know his infuriating white girl chemistry partner will change all that.

I love the story it is definitely a change from all the PNR that I've been reading. Two different cultures and two different worlds collide. The story is very realistic and very relatable. Brittany can be perceived as this shallow and spoon fed person, and she was at some point until she started following her heart. I know that sounds cheesy but that is exactly what she did, suddenly let herself go. To become happy with Alex even though his world is dangerous. I've seen one too many gang related documentary on Nat Geo and History channel to say that Alex had it easy when he finally decided to quit the gang. I was glad that his family was safe and that he made a pretty darn good future for himself and Brittany.


Patti said...

This is one I've been wanting to read. I think book two is out now?

brandileigh2003 said...

Great review. I liked this book!

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