Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Book 23: Perfect Chemistry

Posted by Dawn Dalton on 1:37 PM

Book 23Perfect Chemistry
Author: Simone Elkeles

I love the description of this book on Simone Elkeles' website: A modern tale of star-crossed lovers with a fresh urban twist.

The official blurb:
At Fairfield High School, on the outskirts of Chicago, everyone knows that south-siders mixing with north-siders can be explosive.  So when Brittany Ellis and Alejandro “Alex” Fuentes are forced to be lab partners in chemistry class, this human experiment leads to unexpected revelations – that Brittany ’s flawless reputation is a cover for her troubled home life, that Alex’s bad-boy persona  hides his desire to break free from gang ties, and that when they’re together, life somehow makes more sense.  Breaking through the stereotypes and expectations that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart, Perfect Chemistry takes readers to both sides of the tracks in a passionate love story about looking beneath the surface.

As a fan of stories like The Outsiders, I was immediately drawn into this book, and Elkeles' compelling writing kept me turning pages long into the night. I read this is (almost) one sitting. Alternating first-person POVs can be tricky, but Elkeles balances the voices with professional ease — so well done.

While the concept of "insta-love" can be prevalent in contemporary YA romance, Perfect Chemistry is well paced, with enough believable conflict to keep you rooting for this couple right to the not-quite-but-close fairytale ending.

Once you turn over the cover, be prepared to settle in for a great read, filled with hot hot hot romance!

— Dawn

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