Perfect Chemistry

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Looks can be deceiving.
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"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.
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Breaks stereotypes.
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Perfect story that avoids cliche
(Updated: February 26, 2013)
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Why I Loved It: I've have recently decided that Simone Elkeles is amazing at creating the drool-worthy bad boys that win your heart and mind. Alex is one of my top book boyfriends. I mean seriously? The boy is this gorgeous and confident Latino boy, with full bad boy swagger, intelligence, and a family loyalty that most girls crave in a guy.

The book had all the set-up that leads to cliche, but Ms. Elkeles missed cliche by a landslide. I never expected Brittany's life to look like what I discovered throughout the book. Alex had so much more depth than I was expecting. The characters are just so relatable and likable which really helped. By the time I reached the end, I was screaming NEXT ONE and started mentally crying because it was 2 in the morning and the library didn't open for another six hours.

So if for some reason you have not read this book, you are going to get on that. Seriously. I can't really explain just how vital that is. Think Romeo and Juliet meets Latino gang in the modern time.... PLEASE READ IT!
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Perfect Chemistry By Simone Elkeles

Okay Let me tell you about this book. This book was extraordinary like i felt in love with this book when i read it I was like literally talking to myself. I couldn't even put the book down, this is how awesome the book was. I will give it 1 5.5/5 (yea i know is because i am a big fan of ROMANTIC books). AMAZING.AMAZING Everyone should read this book i read it in 2 days. My favorite character was Alejandro (I LOVE you Alex), Lmao okay let me stop. Anyways. He was in a gang, he was a latino. Brittany was a rich girl which was kind of like the good girl. So a Bad guy+Good girl= extraordinary unimaginative story which i felt in love with. Yea I know you might think I am weird now but really this book is a must read for young adults book is so amazing. I recommend this book for people who love romance because it is defenetily a touching romantic story.

*Yea I know I am not such a good reviewer, this is my first review I have made, so bare with me LOL.
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Hot!
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This book is sexy. Alex is so freaking original that I found it hard to see any bad in him. His and Brittany's relationship is sweet, because they both only want to help each other. It really makes me want a Latino guy! And the next book, about Carlos, is just as good. And hot.
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Brilliant Read!
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Okay, so when I bought this book I wasn't expecting originality, so I wasn't surprised by all the cliches, but what I was hoping for was a great read, and I got just that. We're introduced to Alex and Brittany, who are from different worlds but have so much in common and such a great attraction towards each other that you can't help but root for them to get together.

I loved the book. It was addictive. I'm looking forward to reading the other books in the series. Elkeles really does know how to grab the readers attention and keep them glued. So glad I picked the book up.
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Perfect Chemistry Rocks
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The premise is based on the Romeo and Juliet, 2 different sides of the track idea. These 2 kids are too different to make it work. They have different backgrounds, different lifestyles; too different for them even to associate with each other in school, let alone outside of school.

The kids from the north side don’t really mix with kids from the south side. It’s not that we think we’re better than them, we’re just different. We’ve grown up in the same town, but on totally opposite sides. We live in big houses on Lake Michigan and they live next to the train tracks. We look, talk, act, and dress different. I’m not saying it’s good or bad; it’s just the way it is in Fairfield.

Alex is a bad boy gang member and Brittany’s a prissy ice princess. Can you see where this is going? Yeah, I could too, after about the first page. But that shouldn’t stop you from giving it a chance. Because getting there is very very fun.

They have a near disastrous meeting in the parking lot on the first day of school then of course they’re immediately assigned to be lab partners in Chemistry class (based on the alphabetical order of their last names, natch). Initially, they barely tolerate each other and try to outsmart the other with their witty banter and attitudes.

But are the attitudes covering something? Could there be more beneath the surface? Or are the stereotypes true? When a fellow gang member offers his car in a bet to see if Alex can bed the perfect Brittany by Thanksgiving, he figures she’s too lily-white for him to truly be interested in. She means nothing to him, so of course he takes the bet.

They are forced to spend time together to work on their Chemistry project and pretty soon sparks start to fly. They begin to see another side of each other. Ice princess with a not-so-perfect home life? Check. Gang member with a heart of gold? Check. Clichés abound, but they work here. Elkeles’ writing makes them seem new and different. You can see the development of their relationship and it happens in a very believable way.

There is plenty of sizzle as their dislike turns to lust, both of them insisting there’s nothing there. Once they get past the stereotypes, their relationship moves at a lightning fast pace. They fall hard and fast, as teenagers tend to do.

Each chapter alternates between Alex’s and Brittany’s point of view which I felt made it easy to get into the story, to know what they are thinking. Both main characters, and most of the supporting players, are very well-developed. You care quickly about them and understand why they do the things they do. They are flawed and gritty and real.

There is cussing a’plenty (in 2 different languages – bonus!) and lusty sexy scenes that made my heart go pitter patter. But again, it all felt very real and honest.

The sum up: Perfect Chemistry rocks. The premise feels new and fresh. The romance is raw and honest. Put this on your must read list right now.

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Not my type of book
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I did not find this book realistic. The characters were flat and stereotypical and the writing style was boring. I gave it 50+ pages and then gave up. Definitely not my type of book.
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perfect love story
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Reader reviewed by cristal g.

Perfect chemistry is a book that keeps you wanting to read more. Is about two teens with total oppisite living styles until there put together to work in class, and have no choice but to work with each other not expecting what would happen later on. You have a north sider rich white girl falling for a south side gangster from chicago. They have a bit more in common then what they though and may change there lifes for good. Perfect chemistry makes you want your own love story like Alex Fuentes and Brittney from the stoy. You will not regret reading this book.
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One word...Perfect.
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Reader reviewed by keka

I absolutely adore this book! I've read it about nine times already and it still doesn't get old. The romance was perfect. You can't help but fall in love with the dangerous and sexy Alex. I'll even admit that i cried a little bit towards the end. Perfect Chemistry is a definite must read.
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My book crush!
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Reader reviewed by jillian r

Synopsis:
Alex Fuentes is a gang member from the South on the outskirts of
Chicago. Brittany Ellis is a privileged and popular girl from the
north, who seems to have it all. They are total opposites who will
never get along. When they are forced to be lab partners in their
chemistry class, "the results are bound to be explosive." With
stereotypes, impressions, and misconceptions about each other comes a
lot of expectations -- hate, pranks, arguments, among many others. But
what happens is one that they least expected; they fall in love. Can
they break through the boundaries and the walls that separate them both?

Review: This is West Side Story and Romeo and Juliet combined
in a Young Adult novel. Bad boy and Miss Popular starts off hating each
other's guts, and ends up falling in love. Sounds stereotypical?
Overdone? Not one bit. Simone Elkeles takes a seemingly "overdone" premise, and adds a new and modern twist to it.

I'm
going to have to confess, I'm a bit of a sucker for love stories, and
when they're well-told, it makes me love them even more. The story of
Alex Fuentes and Brittany Ellis is just what I was looking for. Yes, I
loved Perfect Chemistry! In fact, I loved it so much I was able to read this in just one sitting.
While
this is mainly about their romance, it doesn't entirely dominate the
story. There are other important themes covered as well. However, the
truth is, the best parts about this book are the romance itself and the
two main characters. I love them! They were very realistic and
believable, and I was able to empathize with them as if they were my
own friends. It's one thing to read about characters, but it's another
when you are able to actually care about them.

Sure, there were
a few cliche lines here and there -- including the epilogue, even
though I still liked it haha. I also don't know if I would be able to
call this book "amazing" (define amazing anyway!?) but honestly? I
don't really care. It was still good. At the end of the day, I was
entertained. I cared about the characters and their story. Sometimes
that's all you really want in a book. So as not to make this review any
longer, I'm just going to say that I fell in love with Alex and
Brittany. Period. If you love YA, I highly recommend this one. 5 stars,
most definitely!




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Love or Loathe?????
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Reader reviewed by Lachelle

Perfect Chemistry was honestly a book I thought I wouldn't like when I took it out at the library although after I finished the book....OMG!!! I couldn't put it down, I kept reading it over and over again. That helps me know NEVER JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER. Brittany and Alex had absolutely amazing chemistry and it honestly made me cry for like one whole minute. I really recommend this book.
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