Monday, April 5, 2010

Review; Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

Synopsis; At Fairfield High School, on the outskirts of Chicago, everyone knows that south siders and north siders aren't exactly compatible elements. So when head cheerleader Brittany Ellis and gang member Alex Fuentes are forced to be lab partners in chemistry class, the results are bound to be explosive. But neither teen is prepared for the most surprising chemical reaction of all - love. Can they break through the stereotypes and misconceptions that threaten to keep them apart?

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!). :)


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