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Review: “Perfect Chemistry,” Simone Elkeles

September 17, 2010
Review: “Perfect Chemistry,” Simone ElkelesPerfect Chemistry (Perfect Chemistry #1)
Written by Simone Elkeles
Published January, 2008 by Simon & Schuster
360 pages
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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four-stars

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.

I haven’t read as much as I usually do this year, but I’m so glad Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles was one I managed to complete. I read it in one sitting, completely entranced by the dynamic and tension between the two lead characters.


I first found out about it through author Meg Cabot’s own blog, and of course, the gorgeous cover managed to catch my interests enough. It didn’t hurt, either, that the lead female’s name was ‘Brittany’! I often don’t see my name (spelt the same way) in YA novels.

The ‘bad guy, good girl’ scenario has been used so many times it makes my head dizzy. Perfect Chemistry outshines them all. I’m the kinda girl who needs her token vamp, shifter or other paranormal creature to make her books worthwhile these days, so I applaud Simone Elkeles for making me forget that such books exist. You STILL can find a brilliant book written about two completely normal human beings, you know!

Recommended to: Anyone who wants a realistic tale of falling in love with someone you shouldn’t.

About Simone Elkeles

Simone Elkeles is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of novels for teens. Simone was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, where she still lives today. She loves animals (she has two dogs – a labradoodle and a German Shepherd), kids (she also has two of those) and her family. In her spare time she’s the Hockey Mom for her kids hockey teams and is an active Girl Scout leader specially trained in outdoor education. She also spends time mentoring other teen and adult authors.

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