REVIEW Ù Perfect Chemistry

10 thoughts on “Perfect Chemistry

  1. says:

    This novel was fantastic it was wonderful it blew me away After I finished reading it I wanted to read it again something in the story just really got to me If I had to describe it I’d say it’s like Pretty in Pink meets West Side Story You know Pretty in Pink awesome 80's movie starring Molly Ringwald rich guy falling for the poor girl on the other side of the tracks West Side Story forbidden love in the most extreme It’s obvious that Elkeles did her homework with this one The gang dynamic is terrifyingly real I will admit that initially I was worried I didn’t think there was any way that she could spin a character that’s a gang member to be likeable a hero even I mean when I think of gangs it’s drugs drive by’s you know extremly shady things how can that be appealing at any level And yet Alex was He was a “good” guy he was that tragic hero And Brittany her character was even complex that I think the novel even revealed She seemed so real it felt like I knew her or someone like her And despite the apparent differences between the two characters they were so much alike than I would have ever guessed It still seems impossible and yet I’ve seen it The chapters are alternated between Alex and Brittany and I was so happy for that I loved being able to glimpse into each of their heads and really understand what they were thinking and how they were effected by each other Had the story not been told that way I don’t think I would have enjoyed it as much I think that is what won Alex over for me because I got to see how he struggled with the life that he didn’t want Elkeles writing was so smooth like butta It just flowed right of the page it was like I wasn’t even reading I was there I was Brittany I was Alex It was powerful goose bumpsOn the surface it may read like a love story but there is so much going on It’s a story of life lessons Don’t judge a person by the color of their skin don’t judge a person by the way that they look talk where they live I could go on But I’ll stop there and leave you with the recommendation to pick it up I’m really looking forward to what Elkeles has in store for us next

  2. says:

    ★★★★★ Perfect Chemistry stand alone book 1 High school it girl rebel bad boy’s take on star crossed lovers “He touched me as if I were made of glass He kissed me as if he’d savor it for the rest of his life” Perfect Chemistry stand alone book 1 is a modern take on star crossed lovers The rebel bad boy from the wrong side of town Alejandro Fuentes Alex and the perfect good girl princess with the world at her feet Brittany Ellis Brit forced to be chemistry lab partners for the year But there is behind their facades The rebel is smart and caring and if he cannot get of the gang at least his brothers stand a chance at a better life The princess hides secrets might have a heart and soon discovers she is not sold on the fairytale Contempt blossoms into an unlikely friendship But soon jealousy lust secrets betrayal and violence will turn their lives upside down Her oh so perfect life will crumble His bleak future will take a turn for the worse “Sometimes I wish there were do over years or fast forward days” Seven words to describe Alejandro Fuentes Alex Smart caring noble reliable broken hard headed and secretive “And may God strike me down right now because I want to make love to Brittany not fuck her on my motorcycle like some cheap whore” Seven words to describe Brittany Ellis Brit Loyal shallow caring conflicted desperate lonely and secretive “My life is perfect My clothes are perfect Even my family is perfect And although it’s a complete lie I’ve worked my butt off to keep up the appearance” Perfect Chemistry told from dual POVs is a beautifully told coming of age romance with hopes and dreams; sorrows and secrets; regrets and forgiveness It ends wonderfully with an epilogue two decades into the future “It relaxes me” “Do I make you nervous?” His gaze travels from my eyes to my breasts and down to where my dress meets my thighs “In that dress you do” Hero rating 5 stars Heroine rating 5 starsSexual tension rating 5 starsSex scenes rating 35 starsSex scenes freuency 4 starsPlot rating 5 starsDialogue rating 5 starsStorytelling rating 5 starsStory ending rating 6 starsOverall rating 5 starsWould I recommend this story YesWould I re read this story Maybe laterWould I read future books by this author Yesimage error

  3. says:

    This was good Yes it was insanely cliche unrealistic and would never happen to two teenagers in real life We all know that Some high school kids are too immature to fall in love But I can't say for all teenagers However Elkeles made it so believable At first I hated Brittany The I'm so perfect facade she pulls off really angered me I was Alex hating her for being fake and perfect and untouchable Then I slowly began to feel her pain I began to know her and understand what she does and why she does it However sometimes she annoys me She's soangsty and tirelessAnyway obviously this story is ridiculously cliched But I didn't mind so much I loved how the romance slowly developed throughout the book It seemed so natural Nothing made me go Come on You guys just had to bump into each other everywhere It didn't annoy me for some odd reasonOverall I loved this book because of how it made me feel about so many things Alex Shelley the pressure from parents etc It was so truly understandable

  4. says:

    I'm just not the right person to read YA books Even though I'm technically the target audience for these me being a teen and all I've found that I just hate 90 % of them Even most of the ones other people seem to like I hate So if you're a person who doesn't dislike super cheesy writing and a million clichés this book will probably be a fun read for you and you shouldn't let my bad review keep you from reading it I really only read this book because so many people on Goodreads seemed to love it Otherwise I would have never in a million years picked it up Reading the back of the book in the bookstore I had my doubts about it but I still wanted to give it a tryI can easily sum up the problems I had with this book The cover is cheesy the story is cheesy the writing is cheesy Now of course the cover wasn't an actual factor in my decision to give this book a 1 star rating but I'd like to say that had I looked at closely before buying it I would've been able to at least expect a cheesy bookThe story is what bothered me most because it's obviously been done a million times before I generally wouldn't mind if it had been a good version of the good girl falls for bad boy type story The whole Latino Blood gang stuff and the rich people factor just made this book ridiculous because that way they also added the poor guy falls for rich girl and the oh no my parents will dissaprove drama So that was pretty stupid I also hated the random spanish that was used in every single sentence in all of the Alex chapters It was just overused and made me cringe a lot I sometimes also didn't really understand what he meant and they never really explained it but I figured it's not actually important to the story so I stopped trying to understand it eventuallyI don't wanna get too into it but the Latino Blood gang thing had me rolling my eyes every single time they mentioned it It was just SO over the top and the type of cliché I couldn't even imagine a writer using before I read this book As soon as it was mentioned I knew this book would not be one I'd end up likingThe writing was also completely cheesy I'm really sorry for using that word so much by the way but I can't find any other one that fits Instead of showing us how the character feels the author kept talking about it It got to the point where I got angry as soon as a character mentioned feelings in any kind of way It drove me crazy Super cringeworthySpeaking of cringeworthy moments there were a lot of those in this book Brittany's unrealistic and clichéd parents the fact that the author added Shelley to make Brittany seem less 'perfect' and give her a reason for it all Alex's dad who got shot during a drug deal Brittany being a popular girl with the perfect boyfriend who doesn't make her happy Alex taking an interest in her because of a bet I could go on because the entire book was a total cliché in my honest opinion and those tend to make me cringeI sincerely hope the reason why people seem to love this book so much is not Alex Fuentes is hot and dangerous Keha reference not intended I didn't like it at all and had to force myself to keep reading after chapter 5

  5. says:

    5 Stars Also reviewed at Lady Jayne's Reading Den This is an Adult who enjoys reliving the stirrings of first love and self discovery during the teen years through YA books reviewCONTENT WARNING Since this is a YA book I will include a warning that this book contains some Sexual Drug and Alcohol Course Language and Violent Content Recommended for Older TeensI LOVED this book Perfect Chemistry is an urban story of star crossed lovers from “different sides of the track” – Brittany Ellis from the North side a picture perfect rich girl who is captain of the pom suad ie a cheerleader and bad boy Alex Fuentes from the South side a member of the Latino Bloods Gang At first I wondered how I could fall for a gang member but Alex totally stole my heart The fact that my Alex Fuentes while I was reading looked like Steven Strait in my head didn’t hurt either ^^I was drawn into this story from the beginning and spent an enjoyable weekend reading it I felt a connection to both Alex and Brittany who wear masks every day and hide their true selves and fears from the world But behind those veneers are two people who are struggling in their own worlds and they find they have in common than they thought What starts out as a forced seating arrangement in a Chemistry lab turns into so much and starts an elemental change and pull that neither of them can resist They must fight expectations duty prejudice and other chains that drag them apartThe story may be one that has been told before but it is how Simone Elkeles paints the story of Alex and Brittany through a blend of both their perspectives with what I feel are very authentic voices that brings an honesty and depth to the characters and thus the story I loved how each chapter alternated between Brittany’s and Alex’s POVs and yet the story flowed well I couldn't help but feel immersed in their world and to care about what happened to themI loved Alex's friends Paco and Isa and Brittany's sister ShellyThe scene near the end left me in tears and there’s a violent scene in here that was very difficult for me to read because it brought back the pain of a violence that touched my own family’s lives As I closed the last page though I was left smiling and actually wanted the epilogue to keep going Alex and Brittany will hold a very special place in my heart This is the first book I've read by Simone Elkeles and I look forward to the seuel Rules of Attraction and reading other books penned by this author Definitely HIGHLY recommendedThese are some of my favourite uotes ‘The reason I want you to put a shirt on is well because um' 'You've never seen a guy with his shirt off?' 'Ha ha Very funny Believe me you don't have anything I haven't seen before' 'Wanna bet?' he says then moves his hands to the button on his jeans and pops it open Isabel walks in at that exact moment 'Whoa Alex Please keep your pants on’ This connection we have isn't going away it's only getting stronger Because the I spend time with her the closer I want to be I want to know how to make this girl laugh I want to know what makes her cry I want to know what it feels like to have her look at me as if I’m her knight in shinning armor Brittany I'm losing control Alex “Mamacita I've already lost it I can't help but smile as I swipe a lone tear trailing down my cheek How can I not be crazy in love with this guy? I know just what you mean Brittany sighsPS Okay I now have a different yummy image of Alex Fuentes Alexander F Rodriguez Mmmm mmmmhe makes a FINE AlexMy Alex Alexander F Rodriguez My Brittany Diana Agron Reading Order for the series1 Perfect Chemistry 2 Rules of Attraction Review here3 Chain Reaction Review here DISCLAIMER I do not hold the copyright to any of the images used in this review They are posted to add visuals to the review and for fun If any of these images are yours and you would like me to remove them please let me know and I will do so as soon as possible If I can identify the copyright I will do so

  6. says:

    I read this a while ago and I always meant to review but never ended up getting around to it until now I have a few things I want to say the first that it wasn't entirely unenjoyable the low rating reflects several things but I want to point out that I understand why so many people love this book and I think it would be better for the majority to read it themselves and make their own minds up I know that I am again in the minorityIt's uite a nice Romeo and Juliet type of forbidden romance Alex Fuentes is an outsider a gang member and his kind and Britney's do not mix Britney is the most popular girl in school very pretty and a cheerleader of course it always seems in these types of scenarios it's only a matter of time before she gets fed up with her sueaky clean world and falls for a bad boy which is what happens But the whole thing is such a clicheA cheerleader and a bad boy it's Grease except the male love interest is Mexican but the ideas are generally the same The story is very predictable and therefore uite dull despite the fact that there is definitely chemistry built up in the book There are some fairly hot if not very descriptive sex scenes that set the book apart from all the other cliched teen romances this I liked But it still didn't make up for the extreme lack of originality on the author's part There was also the usual and annoying displays of self doubt and insecurities that seem to go hand in hand with romance novelsI know it'd be no fun if they got together in chapter one but why do they both always have to start uestioning themselves Especially seeing as sometimes it's blatantly obvious that the other person likes them they couldn't be sending off much stronger signals if they came out with a banner saying I'm into you Are we really expected to feel sorry for Britney when she's checking herself out in a mirror and complaining about her faults? This is a girl who we are repeatedly told is Barbie come to life perfect figure perfect skin hair teeth sorry but the pity isn't thereThe thing is the book is really cute But I'm tired of Ms good girl cheerleader meets mr bad boy gang member That's why my rating is it's ok I wouldn't go as far as to say I actually liked it

  7. says:

    First of all I want to thank my Goodreads friend Shannon for recommending this wonderful book My life was so enriched by the reading of it I also want to thank Ms Simone Elkeles for putting fingers to keyboard and bringing this incredible story of the love between Alex and Brittany to lifeLife is cruel and harsh and we all wear armor to protect ourselves against the pain of loss and the hardships we face In Perfect Chemistry we see two very different people who have a kindred soul They are both walking through life wearing protection and disguises for their survival One of the most illuminating and fascinating parts of this story is when these two reluctant chemistry partners are asked to tell the class a little bit about each other What they say represents what the two of them want the world to see about themselves even if that's not who they want to beAlex is a tough gangbanger macho and very appealing Latino young man He has pretty much had to join the Latino Bloods gang because his family and his own life would be in jeopardy otherwise So far he has managed to stay out trouble with the law and to avoid crossing the line and killing and selling drugs But the time is coming where he may not be able to prevent that transition He sees Brittany and she is all he ever wanted but couldn't have He tells himself that she's just a blond princess type no substance but he soon finds out that is far from the case I fell head over heels for Alex He was not perfect but even his imperfections endeared him to me Under the scary macho gang facade he is a very perceptive intelligent and loving person His caring nature is evident in how he treats his brothers and his mother and even his friend Paco and also how he treats Brittany despite the teasing and sexual innuendoes He comes off as being hardcore but his heart is very good I have to say that he was a very sexy guy I was surprised at how much charisma this eighteen year old kid was I could imagine this drop dead gorgeous guy with black hair and dark eyes a seductive smile and a hard body riding his motorcycle I am not big on gangs or the urban lifestyle but this was so much a part of him that it didn't lessen his appeal at allI loved seeing the world through his eyes and enjoyed the authentic LatinoMexicano flavor of his thoughts and language I have a deep appreciation for Mexican culture and I feel that Ms Elkeles showed this in a manner that did it justice adding to the depth and the characterization of Alex and flavoring the life he lives Gosh I cannot tell you how much I adored Alex He made some bad choices but also suffered for things beyond his control and my heart ached to see what he had to go through But deep down I never doubted that he had a good head on his shoulders and he would end up doing the right thing in the end I wanted for him to get out of that destructive lifestyle and I was holding my breath hoping that he didI loved Brittany as well She was a very three dimensional character even from the beginning She might seem like the girl that I would avoid like the plague in high school one of the shallow 'beautiful people' but she had a really good heart and was a very loving person She was under tremendous stress trying to keep things together and maintain a perfect facade that was getting harder and harder to keep up Her homelife was very difficult with her hypercritical mother who was on the edge of emotional collapse and her father who spent time at work and thinking about work than interacting with his family She is weighted down by her family's enormous expectations to always be perfect and to represent them well Her steadfast love for her disabled mentally challenged sister really opened my heart to her from the first page of the book Shelley was very important to Brittany although even her boyfriend was uncomfortable being around her So she didn't let people come to her life or talk about Shelley Not out of embarrassment but because of the fact that Shelley was a private personal part of her life that others didn't understand or know how to deal with It meant a lot when she introduced Alex to Shelley and he hit it off with her right away Like Alex Brittany impressed me as a very level headed mature for her age person I really appreciated how she was able to look past Alex's scary gang facade and see the warm loving boy inside She inspired Alex to want to strive and to be the person he was meant to be This book really teaches a lesson about judging a book by its cover Brittany would be the kind of girl that would be envied by many But the truth is her life was very difficult despite living in a big beautiful house driving an expensive car and wearing designer clothes Being the captain of the pom pom team and dating the head uarterback isn't all it's cracked up to be and Brittany knows this first hand And it's clear that she would willingly give that up without any regrets to have a true love even with someone so different from her as Alex However the fear of what will happen to Shelley if she lets go keeps her on the narrow path that has been given to her to walk It is wonderful when Brittany decides to go where her heart leads her although she does have to deal with some anguish and heartbreak along the wayThis couple is one of my favorite couples of all times That's saying something for this serious romance fan I never thought I could feel that way about a couple in a young adult book but I believe Twilight did open the door for me to young adult romance and I am very glad about this Alex and Brittany meet each other's needs in every way They had blistering sexual chemistry between them yet Ms Elkeles wrote this book in such a way that I didn't feel conflicted about reading these teens expressing themselves sexually You could see that every encounter came from a deep connection on a mental emotional and spiritual level I loved how they saw each other clearly in a way that no one else did That is what soulmates should do for each otherThe cast of secondary characters added to the flavor and the depth of this beautiful story Some of the people in both Alex and Brittany's life are not good for them and do much to hinder their growth but people like Paco Alex's best friend Isabel a childhood friend of Alex who becomes Brittany's friend Ms Peterson and Sierra Brittany's friend do their part to help Alex and Brittany on the journey to self discovery and finding a future together Ms Peterson their chemistry teacher was the kind of educator that we need of She works hard to inspire her students and didn't give up on Alex and write him off as just another Mexican gangbanger who was going to end up dead or in prisonThis book has some parts that were hard to read but they needed to be there because it is a story about a young man who is surrounded by violence and crime on a daily basis There had to be some of this in the book or it would have lacked authenticity Fortunately this does not detract from the story but helps you to see what Alex is dealing with and to respect him for the choices he makes to have a better futureThe climax of this book will have your heart in your throat and tears welling up in your eyes But the way this book ends gives the reader so much hope and joy It's truly a perfect ending to this book I could go on and on about how wonderful Perfect Chemistry is but I will end by saying if you read one young adult book please put this on the list to consider You won't come out of this book without having your heart touched

  8. says:

    While I appreciate Simone Elkeles attempt to write a story with a lovely moral I can't help but point out that there aren't any in this book I don't support the explicit language and although I know by my daily junior high life that teens actually talk like this and 10 times worse why encourage cursing? Is not the ultimate goal for every adult and every teenager besides to set the foundation for positive sophisticated and well mannered demeanors? And the fact that Brittany and Alex had sex but ended up falling in love getting happily married and had a cute little kid while curing Alzheimer’s to boot is not realistic at all Only a small percentage of teens actually end up staying together after high school and on to college much less get betrothed This only creates a fantasy for teens that if you have sex with your partner they will never forget you go crazy about track you down and then you live a happily ever after with them And this is not even mentioning the violence and alcohol abuse used in the plot line What is my advice to Simone Elkeles? Next time you write a novel please consider whose moral compass you might contribute to destroying

  9. says:

    “Alex probably brings his dates sharp knives as gifts in case she’ll need one when she’s out on a date with him” Initial Final Page ThoughtsWell considering I thought I was going to read about two pages of this book before giving up I’m surprised how much I enjoyed this one Maybe I am a girl after all Gosh High PointsBrittany Alex PacoPacoPaco Pom suad Garages Motorcycles Science projects Beaches Leather jackets Bandanas Chichis The phrase “ripped bod” Muffins Hand warmersand sex Low PointsI’ll be the first person to admit that I get unnecessarily angry about epilogues WHY? Why are they needed? Books as a rule are better just left with an ambiguous ending Because us readers like to fill in the blanks don’t we? We like to get our own way We like to give our beloved characters a happy ending We like to give our most hated characters a uick shove off a cliff Most epilogues force characters into ridiculous situations that are either twee implausible or just so sickly sweet you just want to throw not the book out of the window but yourself This epilogue was one of them I was half expecting Albus Severus Potter to be chilling out in the back of that classroom as they all come up with the cure for the common cold Also There seemed to be a whole lot of nothing happening in some chapters and then A MILLION things happening in othersAnd I think the American definition of ‘gangbanger’ is different to the British one If not Alex just got a whole lot interesting HeroineOh I loved Brittany Like most people who’ve read this book I had pretty much decided I was going to hate her and read her sections with a scowl on my face But out of the two I actually preferred Brittany’s chapters over Alex’s I’ll go into this later but her narration seemed natural and her feelings and thoughts were a lot believable Even though I don’t think we’d be friends if I had attended this Fairfield My school was actually called Fairfield But unfortunately my chemistry lessons contained old wooden desks that put ladders in your tights when you get near to them rather than sexy Mexicano lovers that put ladders in your tights when you get near to them I still liked you It’s just that we have absolutely nothing in common except we occasionally use muffin analogies to describe the state of our lifeBut you were lovely and sweet and caring and a bit of a saucy minx when you wanted to beCar garages eh? HeroAlright Alejandro Sorry I know you don’t like being called that But I like to say it and then sing itBadlyBut we’ll stick with Alex You were very cute and I liked that you were a bit of a one and talked about chichis and how you’d keep the light on and all sorts of things to make a good girl like me blush I also loved your history and your background and how you were loyal and were a good hermano to the mini Alex’s that ran around in the background Also you sound so effin’ hot it’s insane But going back to the reason why I wasn’t 100% sold on your chapters saying things like “She’s like a mystery and all I can think about is unravelling the clues” and “We’re actors in our lives pretendin’ to be who we want people to think we are” is a sure fire way of getting a slap from moiSeriously I know you’re not rotten to the core You’re all gooey in the middle and being a gang whatever doesn’t define who you truly are on the inside You don’t have to keep trying to convince meI get it you’re deep “Problem is the bathroom pass can’t help you escape life”OK but can it help me escape those little nuggets of wisdom?Theme TuneLove Goes Down by Plan BI’ve chosen this song because it’s one of the few modern love songs that isn’t overly sappy and vile and errrrugh And I just think this entire album is geniusAND this song is before Mr Banks gets dumped unceremoniously goes to prison and then kills someone in self defence and everything is still lovely and cute and sexysexyBut don’t worry guys We know our Alejandro doesn’t share that same fate thanks to that cracking epiloguescowls BoyGirl Angst Level610 It could’ve been a lot worse I liked Alex and Brittany together I thought they made a great couple but I couldn’t help but wish they had had ‘Urgh I hate you’ moments before they decided that they were going to be soul matesI don’t know but I loved their banter and theirwait for it wait for it chemistry when they were all fizzy and zingy and snarky with each other Sure they could be soulmates eventually but I wanted oomph Sadness Scale510 I wanted this book to be sadder and all the elements were there but like I said before the pacing kind of prevented itIt seemed the truly sad and distressing moments were kind of just brushed over Especially the bit at the end Ohhh Recommended ForPeople who are looking for a slightly predictable yet still fun romance book People who don’t mind a book about chemistry that isn’t actually about chemistry Unless we count the cure for Alzheimer’s But it’s probably best if we don’t People who always add “And to sex” under their breath when they are making toasts People who think garages are for sexytime People who wish their driving instructor was a boy with a leather jacket although a lovely Welshman with a ton of patience at me suealing whenever a sheep got too close to the dry stone walls that lined the windy and icy roads of Llanberis would always be my second choice People who wish their teenage rebellion involved a sexy boy on a motorbike People who use delicious baked treats to describe their mental states You can read this review and lots of other exciting stuff on my blog here

  10. says:

    Class silence please I am your teacher for today What happens if you add a weak acid with a conjugate base?Ah Forget my blubbering silly chemistry How bout this formula below?What happens if you add this hot Latino hunk plus this blonde cheerleaderimage error

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Perfect Chemistry

Er side of town and he is about to threaten everything she's worked so hard for her flawless reputation her relationship with her boyfriend and 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 think I read this a wh

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A fresh urban twist on the classic tale of star crossed loversWhen 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 She's forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes a gang member from the oth This novel was f


S nothing of it But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much In a passionate story about looking beneath the surface Simone Elkeles breaks through the stereotypes and barriers that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apar “Alex probab

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  • Perfect Chemistry
  • Simone Elkeles
  • English
  • 02 January 2018
  • 9780802798237

About the Author: Simone Elkeles

Simone Elkeles is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of novels for teens Simone’s books have won many awards including being YALSA Top Ten uick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers being named to the YALSA Popular Paperbacks and Teens Top Ten lists and added to the Illinois “Read for a Lifetime” Reading List Simone also won the coveted RITA award from the Romance Writers of.