Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
Review; Perfect Chemistry is one of those novels that reels you in from the moment you open the very first page. Not my usual choice of YA (as I tend to lean towards Paranormal and Fantasy), Perfect Chemistry made such a lasting impression that it is now one of my favourite books.
Elkeles's writing is fluent and her style is enchanting as she masterfully weaves this tale that portrays life as it really is without an abundance of flowers and daisies, but with hope and mystery that will keep you hanging in until the very last word. Brittany's story is one of depth and she's a well developed character who defies the typical cheerleader stereotype in ways that will really strike readers hard (but in a good way!). Alex, roughened by the streets, is one of the most lovable characters and his life story is quite the eye-opener. Watching these two characters mature and battle through their personal demons; Brittany's ill sister and disfunctional family and Alex's hopeless ties to the Latino Blood will leave a lasting impression.
With both so thoroughly defined by stereotypes, add in the bet Alex made to seduce Brittany, mix a little family troubles and sprinkle an unbreakable attraction on top and Elkeles has presented us with a winning combination. Perfect Chemistry is perfect for those looking for something a little different that resonates with real life issues and comes together in a beautifully crafted ending.
I accept no responsibility for those who find themselves immobile for an entire day as they devour this read (as I did!). :)
2 years ago