Author: Simone Elkeles
Release Date: December 23, 2008
Perfect Chemistry is absolutely ahh-maaa-ziiing! I could not put it down! I was a bit reluctant to get it just because of the whole gang theme, but in the end Perfect Chemistry was a winner.
Brittany Ellis has it all: money, a jock boyfriend, a nice car, designer clothes. But her home life is the exact opposite. An eccentrically psychotic mother, a father that disappears almost every night, and a sister that needs her more than she can imagine.
When Alex Fuentes walked into Brittany's life, the last thing she ever expected between them was chemistry.
Alex Fuentes is a hard-core gang banger. He's hard on the outside and likes to keep it that way. But when Alex takes a bet to get with Brittany, he gradually uncovers the real girl underneath all the designer clothes and makeup. And he falls hard.
So, this is sort of like Romeo & Juliet, girl and boy fall for each other, but their families and backgrounds are not in the least compatible. Star-crossed lovers. And let me tell you, Brittany and Alex are polar opposites; Brittany is soft and girly, while Alex is gritty and a total bad boy.
I really liked that the story was told from alternating view points, because I got to get a glimpse into Alex and Brittany's mind and home life. I have to say, I preferred Brittany's view point just because she was easier to relate to and her life wasn't as complicated as Alex's.
Brittany and Alex's relationship developed at a steady pace. Their interactions were very fluent and produced sparks, hence the title. I loved watching Alex fall for Brittany, a girl he never imagined for himself and vice versa. So sweet!
There were also some really humorous scenes. The wedding scene (Paco!) is the funniest, in my opinion. I couldn't stop laughing because it was too comical!
If you like modern love stories with a major twist, then you should definitely consider reading Perfect Chemistry!
Overall, I'm giving Perfect Chemistry a 5/5 because I loved the star-crossed lovers theme and who couldn't love this book? It's amazing.