Saturday, May 21, 2011

Book review: Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

My summary:
Brittany is from a wealthy family, on the outside her life seems perfect but in reality Brittany struggles to keep up apparences. In chemistryclass the teachr announces that they're having a project and Britney gets partered up with Alex Fuentes, a mexican student who also happens to be a gangmember. Everyone knows that the wealthy cacuation inhabitants of the city and the mexicans doesn't intermingle and for Brittany's family this is a disaster. What would their neighbours think if they saw a gangmember knocking on their door? It gets worse.. Brittany falls head over heels for Alex.

My thoughts:
Perfect Chemistry was a beautiful love story. I carried the book with me everywhere and read whenever I had a second to spare. The story reminded me of a modern mix between Westside Story and Romeo & Juliet. Westside Story is the first movie I have a really strong memory of watching actually, I was quite young the first time I saw it. I remember I could cry just thinking of the story for days later.

I instantly connected with Brittany as a character, not that I'm like her but her world feels so real and I felt myself empathizing with her. As for Alex he was one likable bad boy, he really wasn't all that bad he was just looking out for his loved ones, I think I fell for him just as hard as Brittany did. He might be up there on my fictional boyfriend list along with Jane Austens Captain Wenthworth.

Author Simone Elkeles has taken inspiration from a town near Lake Michigan, where the Caucasian and the Mexican inhabitants in a very little degree interact with each other. Elkeles does something wonderful with her story, she reminds the reader that everything might not be what it appears on the outside. It's not uncommon for young adults to build an image that isn't true to who they really are as a person on the inside.

I recommend this book for girls up to 100 years ++

Book trailer:

The cover:
Kind of sexy romantic :) Just like the relationship in the novel.

My rating of this book:
5 stars out of 5

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Perfect Chemistry by Siomone Elkeles
Published: 2010
Pages(paperback): 360
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0802798225 (ISBN13: 9780802798220)
Full disclosure: 
My copy was provided by the Norwegian publisher for an honest review. 

This book can be purchased from a number of local retailers and on-line book stores such as Amazon or The Book Depository (I'm not an affiliate of either). The latter store does by the way have free shipping to about 100 countries.  


  1. Loved your review! I read this awhile back and still remember the chemistry between Brittany and Alex. It was such a wonderful story and I couldn't put the book down either! I took it with me everywhere too! Great review!

  2. @Loren Chase:Thank you, Loren :) Yes, the chemistry was awesome, it was like I was feeling it just as much as Brittany.

  3. Brilliant review. I am glad I fit in that age bracket! LOL. I have got this one on my list already.

  4. Ohhhh I'd never seen this book trailer!!! It rocks! so funny.
    I loved this book. I'm currently waiting for book 3. This series is soooooooooooooooo good. It gave me faith back in YA books *g*

  5. Great review! This sounds like a fantastic story.

  6. I do hear it is really good. But I never buy YA :( well sometimes ;)

  7. LOVED this book! Glad you did too :)

  8. Caro already swooned about this one. Perhaps I should just forget my YA prejudices and give this one a try. It sounds really promising and everyone seems to love it.
    Awesome review sweety.

  9. I have never read any of Ms. Elkeles' books before. I must say I am now tempted.

  10. @Vivienne: I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did, Vivienne.

    @pattepoilue:I have the second book here but I haven't read it yet, but I should. Shouldn't I?!

    @NotNessie @ Today's Adventure:It was, you should check it out one day :)

    @Blodeuedd:I think you should give it a try, just keep it in mind that it is a YA romance ;)

    @YA Vampire Books: Yaaay, it's such a lovable story :)

    @SusiSunshine:Thanks :D You should definitely let Caro persuade you.

    @Llehn:I was hoping that I could tempt someone, it is just that good.

  11. I loved this book! You should review Rules of attraction by Elkeles as well ;)

  12. Thea: I will, I just have to read it first(I have it here but haven't gotten to it yet).


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