Review: Perfect Chemistry and trailer of Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles

Get ready for a whole new take on
star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet,
West Side Story, bad boy meets good girl...

At Fairfield High, everyone knows that south siders and north siders aren’t exactly compatible elements. So when cheerleader Brittany Ellis and gang member Alex Fuentes are forced to be lab partners, the results are bound to be explosive.
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?

January 1st 2008 by Walker Books for Young Readers

Paperback, 360 pages


Alex Fuentes, Brittany Ellis

literary awards
Romance Writers of America RITA Award Nominee for Best Young Adult Romance (2010), An ALA/YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers for Top Ten (2010), Pennsylvania Young Readers' Choice Award YA Nominee (2011)

A fresh, urban twist on the classic tale of star-crossed lovers.
When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year,...more A fresh, urban twist on the classic tale of star-crossed lovers.
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. She’s forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other 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 thinks 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 more.
In a passionate story about looking beneath the surface, Simone Elkeles breaks through the stereotypes and barriers that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart.

My review

"We'll be one big, crazy Mexican-American family"

Perfect Chemistry is a book about a girl and a boy named Brittany Ellis and Alex Fuentes. Brittany is a north sider and head cheerleader at Fairfield High School and Alex is a south sider and he is a memeber of the gang called Latino Bloods. In the beginning of the book Alex and Brittany dislike each other and when the find out they are in the same chemistry class that makes them very upset. Just when the two thought things could not get any worst their chemistry made them chemistry partners. One day Alex and one of his friends made a bet that if Alex could not sleep with Brittany by Thanksgiving he would have to give his friend his motocycle. At first, Alex was losing the bet because Brittany would not even look at him. As the book goes on Alex comes up with ways to make her fall in love with him and they work. The only thing is that Alex finds himself falling in love with her too. Alex at first thought Brittany had this perfect life but he finds out that just the act she puts on at school. At home, Brittany has to deal with her crazy mom, who wants Brittany to be perfect, her dad, who is never really home and when he is at home it is like he is still at work, and her older sister, who is disable and the only person who Brittany thinks understand her. Towards the end of the book, Brittany see what it is like on the south side, where Alex lives, what he life is like, and why he is in a gang, which is to protect his family. At the end, Alex gets shot, but he lives, he's best friends who was also shot dies, he wins the bet and he tells Brittany about the bet and they get married a couple of years later.

I love love love love love this book.

I wouldn't compare it to twilight, though. Every book that features romance seems to get compared to Twilight lately. Perfect Chemistry deals with completely different issues that Twilight does.

Simone Elkeles writes beautifully. Her characters are very dynamic.

Heres the trailer of Rules of Attraction the second installment of perfect chemistry by Simone Elkeles

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