Perfect Chemistry By Simone Elkeles.
Genre: Romance/ Young Adult
Publisher: Simon and Schuster.
Summary: 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.
Review: When I first read the summary of this book I immediately thought of the film Shes all that for some reason, you know 'boy bets friend he can get the girl and all that' so I guess that was what made me read it. Of course it wasnt actually like the film Shes all that because Brittany was rich and Alex was in a gang. This book was amazing, it tells the tale of Brittany who lives on the south side of town. Which is the rich end. Blonde, beautiful. Who pretends be this perfect girl at school who has her life all planned out for her. She portrays a role model for her school. And then you have Alex who lives on the west side of town. The poor end. Hes a bad boy, whos in gang wars and everyone is scared of him at school. Brittany dosent like Alex and Alex thinks shes a rich snob. So when their paired up for chemistry with each other it can only cause trouble? Wrong! The more they spend time together, the more the pair start connecting and realising they have more in common with each other then they thought. Like Brittanys home life being anything but perfect just like Alexs and them both pretending to be people they arent, acting for people at school and at home.
I just loved this book so much! From the moment there are scenes with these two together you can tell instantly how much tension is between them its amazing. There were so many different emotions going on in this story too. One minute it was sad, then happy and then funny. I laughed in parts where people in my family thought I were crazy to laugh at a book. Like Gary Frankel. He dosent play a big part but hes funny haha.
The characters in this book were what made the book. I think if you read a book, and dislike the characters, it can make reading it alot harder. I must say every character in this book I liked. Even Carmen Sanchez. And I rarely say I like every character in a book.One of my favourite characters was Paco (Alexs bestfriend) he is just such a good friend and will do anything for Alex and even helps Brittany out a few times. He is easy going and gets along with everyone in it. I quite liked the friendship between Brittany and Sierra because unlike most books she wasnt a bad friend to Brittany she was there when she needed her. I think one of the most important things of this book that made me really give it the top rates was how they dealt with disablities, because Brittanys sister is disabled and unlike alot of books we got to see how families dealt with stuff like this and her sister made such a wonderful character in this book too because some people dont understand how difficult it can be.The ending was cute aswell, it has a pretty shocking epilogue that made me think on it for ages for some reason.
I deffinetly rate this A+ I know most of you have probablu already read this book, but if you havent got pick it up now!