Thursday, December 6, 2012

Review: Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

Synopsis: 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. (from the back of the book)

Review: I picked this up only because it won a RITA award and I was curious. It seemed like another angsty  teen romance . I was wrong. Elkeles writes with surprising depth, her characters real, flawed, round and solid. Add a believable romance and danger, and you have a book worth reading. I highly recommend.
Bookmarks: 7.5 of 10
Awards: 2010 RITA Award for Best Young Adult Romance
Date Finished:  11-22-2012
Pages: 368

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