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Saturday 5 February 2011

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

Perfect Chemistry by Simone ElkelesTitle: Perfect Chemistry (Perfect Chemistry #1)
Author: Simone Elkeles
Pages: 368
Release Date: January 1st 2008 (US)
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Source: Bought

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. Forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, Brittany finds herself having to protect everything she's worked so hard for - her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend and, most importantly, 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 the closer Alex and Brittany get to each other the more they realise that sometimes appearances can be deceptive and that you have to look beneath the surface to discover the truth. 

I bought this book a few months before I started my blog. I hadn't seen book blogs before nor did I really read reviews. It popped on Amazon as a "People who bought ...... also bought Perfect Chemistry" It looks cheesy yet I bought it anyway and just put it on my shelf, not giving it a second thought. What a mistake! Amber told me I just had to read it so I did. THANK YOU AMBER!

On the surface it is a love story. Romeo and Juliet style. A perfect popular cheerleader and a bad boy gang member. Not so original. But it was so much more than that. It felt really personal, like I was watching these intimate moments.

The characterisation was sublime. Brittany and Alex, on the surface, are so very different but  underneath they are the same. Trying to pretend they are something they are not. The constant contrast, slowly slipping in to similarities was so effortlessly done. Everything just had a natural flow about it. They were far from perfect though. There is little I hate more than a 'perfect' character. No flaws. Always making the right choices, always getting things right. It is just not normal. Brittany and Alex were normal though. They had very definite flaws but it made me love them more!

And can I just say that it was HOT! I did feel like I needed to fan myself a little at times. There was definitely Perfect Chemistry :P Elkeles manages to build up that chemistry. She had a knack for writing romance.

The incorporation of their home lives was hugely important. These made it so much more than a love story. It really built them as characters. The relationship with Brittany and her sister and her selfless love for her. Alex and his protective nature when it came to his family. It helps me to get an all rounded picture of them.

The alternating points of views really took the novel to the next level. The ending of chapters  were at pinnacle points especially in scenes involving the two. It meant the reader could see the POV of both characters at the same moment, seeing their immediate thoughts in relation to the event. Very effective.

It is so wonderfully written, great structure, fabulous characterisation and just a damn good novel. It takes great skill to take an overdone subject matter, put your own spin on it and make it great. Simone Elkeles has talent! Pure talent!

5 out of 5 stars


  1. First can I just say absolutely FLAWLESS review Alice!
    I'm SO happy you loved this book! It's one of my favorites! Do you plan on reading the sequel(ish) Rules of Attraction! I love that one even more, if that's possible! lol
    You're so right about how I felt like I was witnessing the intimate moments between them and that they were so much more than star crossed lovers because of how complex they were.
    I absolutely adore your review! You said everything I couldn't put into words about how I felt! LOVE it Alice! :)

  2. Aw thanks Katie :)You love the sequel even more? WOW. I MUST read it then! Definitely! If anyone else had written it, it just wouldn't have been the same. You are so sweet Katie :) Thank you.

  3. I absolutely loved this book, Alice, and I'm so glad to see that you did, too! I think this book beats the sequel, but I definitely loved book two, as well. Great review! :)

  4. I will have to get myself book two it seems. Thanks Melissa :)

  5. Yay! Awesome review! I'm glad you loved it :D It's one of my favourite books. I really want to read the second book now.. *moves it up on the TBR* :D And didn't you just LOVE Alex. I don't think Carlos will be able to compare... ;P

  6. Thanks :) I LOVED him. He was amazing. I want my very own Alex!

  7. What a great review. I really want to go out and find this book and read it right now! I'm super curious!

  8. Thanks :) You really should! It is so great!

  9. Hmm, I'm so not a giant fan of rommance. But your review is well written and convincing. I just read one right before yours on a book called Flipped. Its a story for the younger aged reader. I may start with that to wet my whistle on the rommance genre, then if I'm doing ok, I'm curious to try this one next.

  10. Thank you :) That is very kind! Ease your way into romance slowly. I do hope you enjoy this though!

  11. Wonderful review! I enjoyed this one too!

  12. Thanks Luisa :) It really is a great book!

  13. *sigh* I love this book, and your review :)
    I loved the humor in this book. I was laughing in class! ... I mean ... I wasn't reading in class ...
    The second one is so good! You have to tell me what you think of it too!

  14. Thanks :) It really is a great book. It was very funny! I am tempted to buy it right now. I will definitely let you know what I think of it!

  15. Great review! Really makes me want to read this book.

  16. I love this book. I found Brittany so brave and Alex so swoon worth it!! Thanks for the review!

  17. I loved this book as well! I definitely enjoyed the dual POVs in the writing. Getting into both Brittany and Alex's heads was so rewarding! I'm working on posting my review of this one soon :)
    - Alyssa of Redhead Heroines

  18. I love this book so much it inspired me how to write book like this and feel in love again, it also help me in Writing Action Scenes in Fantasy Fiction


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