Name: Perfect Chemistry (Perfect Chemistry #1)
Author: Simone Elkeles
General Release Date: 29th April 2010
Date I finished it: 1st September 2011
From: Bought from a charity shop
My Rating: 4/5 stars
I have had Perfect Chemistry sitting on my shelf for almost a year now, I could actually kick myself for not picking it up and reading it sooner!
Perfect Chemistry follows the story of high school senior Brittany Ellis, who on paper has the perfect life.
In reality though her life is anything but perfect, she has a neurotic mother, a father who is always at home and a disabled sister who her parents want to send away to a residential care centre.
Brittany has worked hard to keep of the façade of her perfect life to her friends and peers.
On the first day of her senior year, Brittany gets partnered with Alex in Chemistry.
Alex is a well known bad boy, he is part of a Latino gang and everyone has some kind of story or rumour to share about Alex.
On that first day in class, sparks start to fly between Brittany and Alex.
Brittany however already has the perfect boyfriend, and to keep her own reputation she can't be seen with Alex, never mind date him!
The story is told from both Brittany and Alex's point of view, alternating at every chapter.
I don't usually enjoy books that switch point of views, but surprisingly Perfect Chemistry was the exception to that rule. I really grew to like both characters and both of their stories.
To be honest I think I was hooked from page one with this book, I loved all the little bits of Spanish that was thrown in here and there. As some of you might know I studied Spanish at university and I'm actually really missing speaking and hearing the language these days.
Overall a really great read with a realistic romance story line. I should really start the rest of this series soon, but don't know when I'll get round to it!