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Young Adult Fiction 4248
Looks can be deceiving.
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
"Perfect Chemistry" (Book 1) - is Alex (the eldest Fuentes) and Brittany's story. He's a hot, Mexican gang banger from the south side, she's a rich, beautiful pom/cheerleader from the north side and they hate each other - or at least they're supposed too. By all outward appearances, they both seem to fit into certain stereotypes but like most stories (and real life) they soon discover that people and appearances are not always what they seem. Alex, is not as "bad" as the rumors make him out to be nor does he want to be but his life is no less dangerous. (OK, so maybe he's a little bad but who doesn't love a guy who rides a motorcycle, will kidnap you just teach you how to drove a stick AND play checkers with your wheelchair bound sister?) (fans face rapidly)

Brittney has more to deal with in her home life than Alex (or even her BFF) could imagine and doesn't just keep people at arms length because she's a snob but for self preservation. FYI - Not all blondes are dumb or sluts people, O-kay?

A project for their Chemistry class brings them together and they soon find out that the classroom is not the only kind of "chemistry" they have together. The biggest problem their relationship faces is Alex's association with the LB's - The Latino Blood Gang. He's being groomed as the next leader and even if it's not the life he would choose for himself he sees no way out. To leave, if that's even a possibility would bring serious repercussions on his family and those he loves. Brittney sees no future for she and Alex if he stays with the LB's but doesn't want to see him throw his life away.

They will have to decide if what they have is worth fighting for because it may cost them everything.
Good Points
Breaks stereotypes.
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