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.
Uhm, I’m really not sure how to react to this book. There were a lot of things I didn’t like but I finished reading it anyway, and I think I’ll give the second book a chance.
“No matter how much of a jerk Alex was to you today, he’s not as bad as the rumors. He’s even not as bad as he’d like to think he is.”
Let’s start from what I liked. I liked the idea behind this book and these characters, especially Alex. He got caught up in a mexican gang when he was really young, both because he’s father was part of it and died with unfinished business left behind that Alex had to take as his burden to protect his family; and both because these gang members really know how to allure in young boys with promises of power and money. I think the mysterious side of this book was what kept me more enthralled. Brit could have been a more interesting character if the fact that she had to always maintain her facade of being perfect for everyone in her life wasn’t repeated so many times throughtout the book. It would have been more fascinating to me if I had had to find that out through Brit’s actions and thoughts. Anyway, Brit is a very rich girl, who has to keep up appearances around everyone, since her older sister, who’s physically disabled and is kept secret from almost everyone, can’t be the perfect daughter her parents wanted her to be. When she finds herself on Alex’s radar she just wants to run the other way, because he’d bring unwanted attention on her and her family, but Alex’s charm will eventually win her over.
“You’re an asshole.” “And you’re a bitch,” he says. “A bitch with a kickass smile and eyes that can seriously screw with a guy’s head.”
What I really didn’t like was the way in which mexican people were potrayed; I’m not mexican but I actually cringed at how many times the word mamacita was used. Repetitiveness and stereotypes were the things that most annoyed me about this book.
Feelings can’t be a part of this game.
Even if I didn’t like so much about Perfect Chemistry I’m still curious enough to read the second book, with the hope to see an improvement in all these things that, in my opinion, ruined a book that could have been a lot more.