Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

Summary: A fresh, urban twist on the classic tale of star-crossed lovers.

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. (Goodreads)

Alex Fuentes is a gang member for the Latino Bloods. He may seem tough but he has a nice side too. He only joined the Bloods to protect his two brothers and mother. He had to join so his brothers didn't have to. Since this is the way it has to be he doesn't plan on going to college. It's not like he is dumb though. He wants to finish high school to prove he can.

Brittany Ellis fakes her way through school. I mean that she puts on an image while out of her house. Where her older sister has a disability and spends her time all day. She feels like she has to be the perfect one so her parents won't have to worry about her and spend their time wisely by focusing on her sister. She dresses and acts like she's supposed to.

The north side and he south side are completely different people. One side rich and white the other poor and Mexican. They meet in chemistry class and a series of events including a bet, an almost car accident, some confrontation, and a chemistry teacher that has a no nonsense attitude forces them together in what ends up being something rare. Love blossoming from both of them. The north side and the south side.

This book wasn't that great. It was very disappointing. The only reason I finished is because I wanted to know what happened. I do not know why people think this book is so great. Oh, my life is so hard! Woe is me. They keep thinking like this and Brittany keeps on saying how she has to put up this wall. Everything seemed so fake in this story. It was more thinking and less actually showing me. A large majority of Alex's and Brittany's thought were how they wanted to touch each other or have sex with each other (Alex had these thoughts a lot). This book was written so poorly. I'm surprised because I did like Simone Elkeles book Leaving Paradise. It's too bad. It had such potential. I do not recommend reading this book.


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