Monday, September 12, 2011

Review: Perfect Chemistry (Perfect Chemistry #1) - Simone Elkeles

Name: Perfect Chemistry (Perfect Chemistry #1)

Author: Simone Elkeles

General Release Date: 29th April 2010

Date I finished it: 1st September 2011

Type: Paperback

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 fa├žade 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!


  1. I *loved* this book! Glad you liked it! :) Great review!

  2. I loved this book and really want to get round to the other books soon. I must try to get copies!

  3. My fave ya contemporary/realistic series ever. Simone Elkeles is a goddess to me. All her books are amazing

  4. I had this book sitting on my shelf for a while too. When I picked it up I devoured it (in fact I stayed up until 4:30am to finish it). The next book it just as good. It's something about the Fuentes brothers that just hook you!


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