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Perfect Chemistry [Paperback]

Simone Elkeles
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Book Description

1 April 2010
When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created "perfect" life is about to unravel before her eyes. Forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, Brittany finds herself having to protect everything she's worked so hard for - her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend and, most importantly, the secret that her home life is anything but perfect. Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But the closer Alex and Brittany get to each other the more they realise that sometimes appearances can be deceptive and that you have to look beneath the surface to discover the truth.

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's (1 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847388051
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847388056
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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SIMONE ELKELES has written five young adult novels: How to Ruin a Summer Vacation, How to Ruin My Teenage Life, How to Ruin Your Boyfriend's Reputation, Leaving Paradise and Perfect Chemistry. She is currently working on the sequel to Perfect Chemistry and lives in Illinois, USA, with her family.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 3 Jan 2009
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
Who says that southsiders and northsiders can't mix? Well, other than everyone at Fairfield High School on the outskirts of Chicago.

Northsider Brittany Ellis has everything any teenager wants: popularity, money, and good looks. On the surface, her life is wonderful, but her perfect persona is just a cover-up for her troubled home life.

Southsider Alex Fuentes has a bad-boy reputation, but all he wants is to get out of his gang and graduate.

When they are thrown together as chemistry partners, life starts to make more sense. Written from both Brittany and Alex's perspective, this story shows what's going on below the surface for each person as they break through stereotypes and expectations that threaten to keep them apart.

This is like a modernized Shakespeare story, and after reading hundreds of books with plots similar to Romeo and Juliet, some stories start to blur into each other. PERFECT CHEMISTRY is not one of those books. It was addicting and the story was vibrant. The characters came to life and it was like I was there watching the story unfold.

The way Simone Elkeles wrote the story was absolutely perfect.

Reviewed by: Emily Ann
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's perfect! 5 April 2010
I have read so many rave reviews about Perfect Chemistry. I'm just about to add another, so brace yourself!

I was terribly excited for this book, taking into account it has been released in the US a full two years prior to its release here in the UK, which was only yesterday. To be honest I was worried that my expectations would ruin the book for me. I knew it was going to be a good read, only I was not certain it was ever going to meet my expectations - after reading I decided it was a ridiculous thought after all; it actually surpassed my expectations.

What makes Perfect Chemistry a book in its own league is not the fact that everyone is in love with the tale of star crossed lovers, but because Simone has crafted and perfected such endearing characters in both Alex and Brittany. Their voices were strong, were personalised realistically and were very relatable to any reader. I found that Simone has synchronised each of her character's thoughts, words and feelings into the narration. Of course, the sassy, witty, and sometimes deliriously sexy dialogue is incorporated well.

And although the romance is of course a main theme in the novel, for me it is this depth given to her characters that makes the romance special. I found that it is the coming together of such beautiful characters in midst of the social tension and skepticism that swirls around them which makes Perfect Chemistry such a loveable novel.

Although I struggled with the Spanish phrases (needing to consult an online translator to aid my basic, patchy Spanish), its use was very effective and adds flavour to the characters and to the overall plot. I found that and the touch of Mexican culture unique and very enlightening.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just brilliant! 4 Mar 2010
By Jo
When I received Perfect Chemistry for review, I was pretty pleased. I heard a lot of people had good things to say about it, and so was intrigued, though I was particularly wowed by the blurb, but I thought I'd give it a go. I cannot tell you how amazing Perfect Chemistry is! I am not the fastest reader going, and Perfect Chemistry isn't exactly a skinny book, but it was so good, I couldn't put it down, and read the whole thing yesterday. I loved it!

This book is about so much more than just a love story. It's also about accepting yourself for who you are, being yourself, and not living by the social rules of your environment. It was fantastic to see how these two very different people - Brittany, who is little miss popular and Queen Bee of high school, and Alex, dangerous gang member who strikes fear into just about everyone - were so similar. How they are seen by the outside world is nothing compared to who they are inside, but a front they put on for reasons far more serious than social acceptance.

I love the way the story was structured, with mostly alternating chapters from both Brittany and Alex's points of view in first person. It was brilliant to really get inside their heads, to see what they were hiding, yet see their misconceptions of the other. It's not completely original, but it was brilliant.

It was great to see them struggle with their individual lives, having pretty much no-one to confide in about their issues, and then seeing them thrust together to, little by little, learn to trust, open up, and let the other in. They are both so much more complicated than the other thought; Brittany is a nice, good person, rather have superficial and arrogant, and Alex is fiercely loyal and protective of his family, and does what he must to keep them safe.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now One Of My Favorites... 26 May 2009
At Fairfield High School there's a divide in the student body, south siders and north siders. No one believes the gap can be bridged. Then again no one imaged Miss perfect, Brittany Ellis and gang member, Alex Fuentes would be lab partners in Chemistry.

But are they really complete opposites? Will love enter the equation or will the stereotypes win in the end?

This book captured me from page one and I finished it within one sit in.

I loved how you get to learn both characters perspectives and for me, this made the characters seem stronger and more believable. The mixture of Spanish and English, when Alex is telling his story, gave perfect chemistry a flavor I haven't seen in a while!

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3.0 out of 5 stars yeah okay
So this book was cliched and real at the same time but I was also not really feeling it. There's better out there
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if you like a teenage drama book with lots of twists and a bit if grit then this is your book. I loved the characters and the plot was always addictive. Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars It wasn't bad but just thought it would be more realistic
This book didn't live up to my expectations from the other reviews. It wasn't bad but just thought it would be more realistic. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Was a really good book
Was recommended this via amazon and a few websites because of the style of book, I was looking for a book about falling in love and this book I fell in love with. Read more
Published 2 months ago by jasmine
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this
I read this ages ago but realised I hadn't reviewed it. I'm one a few words... This was bloody BRILLIANT
Published 4 months ago by SaRah
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
I really enjoyed this book, couldn't put it down! Didn't want it to end at all and looking forward to reading some more of Simones books.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Alex= yum.
I enjoyed it. It didn't blow my mind, but it was a good easy read. Alex made for a great bad boy character. I liked him very much. Brittany, however, not so much.
Published 4 months ago by jedge
2.0 out of 5 stars Definitely one for teenagers
Cliched and predictable = boring.
Perhaps I'm just too old to appreciate this book as I'm well over my teenage angst years and think there are far more important things in... Read more
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