Review: Perfect Chemistry

Simone Elkeles

Kindle Edition, 368 Pages

Walker Childrens

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From Goodreads:

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.

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Read: May 28 – June 4, 2012

Perfect Chemistry ended up being a very delightful companion piece for me as I traveled to South America.

I enjoyed the storyline and the characters. The pace was decent and the overall feel of the book was generous and forthcoming. The reader is enveloped in the characters’ worlds. The reader cares about Alex and Brittany and wants to see them end up happily ever after.

Unfortunately this is where the good things to say ends and I have to confess the structure of the novel was infuriating. The timeline kept jerking the readers from one plot point to the next and there was a serious lack of transitions in this novel. These are all easy issues to fix and if such changes were made this story would have scored higher with my review.

Overall this was a great story, and I recommend the piece, but I am pretty sure this is where I will discontinue any further reading of this series.

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