Saturday, April 24, 2010
Review: Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
Get ready for a whole new take on
star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet,
West Side Story, bad boy meets good girl...
At Fairfield High, everyone knows that south siders and north siders aren’t exactly compatible elements. So when cheerleader Brittany Ellis and gang member Alex Fuentes are forced to be lab partners, the results are bound to be explosive.
Neither teen is prepared for the most surprising chemical reaction of all – love. Can they break through the stereotypes and misconceptions that threaten to keep them apart? YA, Fiction
Simone Elkeles has taken an old formula and made it her own. The story of bad boy/ gang member Alex and pretty cheerleader Brittany could have been another formulaic teen YA novel, but this story doesn’t contain any of the clichés or cheesiness of some of the other books from this genre.
These are characters that you can relate to and care about. I loved this book right from the start! Told through the alternating pov’s of Brittany and Alex, you get to see who these two people really are – not the façade they use in front of others. Sometimes I’m irritated by alternating pov’s, but not here, they flowed beautifully only adding to the story.
Elkeles has pitch perfect pacing and character development, right down to the names she chose for the MC’s. Perfect! And the sexual tension is off the charts without being frustrating for the reader. The side characters were well written and only added to the story.
The best compliment that I can give this book is that I was reading it faster and faster to find out what happened ……then saw I was over halfway done and slowed down to make it last longer.
Loved: The thing I loved most is that Brittany & Alex weren’t perfect but they learned from their mistakes!!
Nitpick: I could have easily read more! I want to know everything about these two!
Rating: 4 out of 4! Now this is how teen romance should be written! And I’m searching now to find everything else Simone Elkeles has ever written!
* Thanks to Tiger ( Tigers All Consuming Books) for her constant tweets saying how great this book was....I caved to the tweet / peer pressure - bought the book and I'm sooo happy I did!
Author website: Simone Elkeles
Buy the book! Perfect Chemistry