Friday, January 25, 2013

Review: Perfect Chemistry (Perfect Chemistry 1) by Simone Elkeles


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.


Published December 23rd 2008 by Walker Books for Young Readers  

The Elliott Review:

Yes, I am super late to the party on this one... Try five years too late! I was in the mood for some hot and spicy romance, and that is definitely what I got! This book an engrossing, lightning fast read that had me so strongly rooting for both characters I didn't even know what to do.

First of all, Alex is hot. Period. He is a typically sexy Latino with a haunting bad boy image to go along with it. Both of these things together are ... lovely! And what I like about him even more is that, while being a dangerous character involved in dangerous things, that's not all he's about. He has a smooshy, soft side to him that he keeps hidden due to being hurt in the past. Plus, a gang member showing vulnerability is not the smartest idea. 

The romance is hot. When Alex and Brittany begin to realize they have feelings for each other, the results are both emotionally and romantically satisfying. Both of them have to sort through their issues, remove the societal and personal barriers that they have in place keeping them from letting the other see who each truly is. Dios mio, there are some fireworks between them, both good and bad!

This book is another case of two individuals who learn to be their best selves because of what learning to love the other one taught them. This was the first book I read by Simone Elkeles, but it definitely won't be the last!

Source: Won


  1. This was my first YA romance book and I loved it so much! I still want to read the sequels to it. I think she's a great writer and I agree, Alex is hot, hot, hot!

  2. Wow! Thank you SO MUCH! Your review is so means so much to me that you took the time to read Perfect Chemistry. Thank you!