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.
Forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, Brittany finds herself having to protect everything she's worked so hard for - her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend and, most importantly, 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 the closer Alex and Brittany get to each other the more they realise that sometimes appearances can be deceptive and that you have to look beneath the surface to discover the truth. 'compelling and addictive...I've still got that "wow" feeling you get after reading a great book' wondrousreads.com 'Perfect Chemistry is a novel to obsess about.
It is a book that you should drop everything for...the most romantic love story that I have ever read.' thebookette.com 'captures that rush of feelings associated with first love' thebookbag.com 'Elkeles pens plenty of tasteful, hot scenes. ..that keep the pages turning. The author definitely knows how to write romance.' Kirkus Review
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 368 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/04/2010
- Category: Romance
- ISBN: 9781847388056
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Review by CaroTheLibrarian
PLUS - * Good Girl meets Bad Boy, from the other side of the tracks. Of course they hate each other... or do they? This is classic Young Adult romance, with lots of will they / won't they tension.* It deals sensibly and sensitively with some pretty big issues - gang membership, sex, drug, drinking, peer pressure, disability.* Teenagers (girls I guess) will love it, and it may well appeal even to more relucant readers, particularly because some of the language and contact is quite 'adult'. It was recommended to me by a 16 year old.* The main characters are all likeable but not perfect.* It's a modern day version of West Side Story... what's not to like?MINUS -* There will be those who are shocked by some of the content. Don't say I didn't warn you!* It's not the most original plot in the world, but is relevant and well written.* I thought the cover was awful - looks like something from the 1980s.* I'm not sure about the need for the epilogue. Nice idea but it just seemed a bit 'tacked on' for no real purpose. The story had already reached a successful conclusion. OVERALL -* Some adults will loath it, it's not suitable for younger (or naive) readers, most teenage girls will devour it in a couple of sittings.