Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
Series: Perfect Chemistry #1
Published by Walker BYR
Publish Date: December 23, 2008
Source: Tara from Hobbitsies – Thank you!
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. (Goodreads)
My Thoughts: OKAY. SO. Perfect Chemistry was part of the giant box of contemporary books Tara from Hobbitsies loaned me to get me started on my love for YA Contemporary. (Tara is awesome for doing that, by the way.)
Perfect Chemistry is cheesy.
Despite the huge cheeseball factor of Perfect Chemistry, I loved it. It was easy and fun. And despite being a YA book, it was cough*ahem*cough older-YA enough that I blushed a few times. Sometimes I just want to read something that doesn’t require any thought at all. Pure entertainment. And this was perfect.
Every time I read the name “Alex Fuentes” in the story,
I had to say “Fuentes” out loud.
Why? I do not know. (I even did it as I typed this blog post.)
ALSO: Let it be known that I don’t speak a word of Spanish. I have never taken Spanish classes. I took Latin in high school. So all of the little words and phrases thrown in here and there (there were plenty!) were completely lost on me. I’m assuming Simone Elkeles meant to spice up the story, and I’m totally sure that’s exactly what those words did. However, I can’t confirm that 100% since I actually don’t know what any of them meant.
Sometimes if I’m curious about something in a book, I’ll Google it. With Perfect Chemistry: I was devouring this book at an alarming rate. I didn’t stop reading long enough to Google anything! I basically ignored all of the Spanish in the book – and I’m willing to bet I’m not the only non-Spanish-speaking person to do so. It’s unfortunate – sure – but I’m just being honest.
SOMEONE HELP ME UNDERSTAND WHY.
I very rarely look at book trailers, but I actually sought out the book trailer for this book. It was a monumental error and I cannot scrub my eyes hard enough or erase this song from my ears. And that stinks! Because there was such potential given that there was an Alex Fuentes character in this book.
It may be funny to some people – but y’all, I really liked this book. I cannot yet decide whether to laugh or cry.
In terms of the story, this is not the most lyrical and beautiful writing that I’ve ever read. It just isn’t. It is to the point and it tells a story, period. I can completely respect that because lyrical prose isn’t necessarily needed to tell the story of Alex and Brittany. My favorite technical component of Perfect Chemistry is the alternating point-of-view structure because it is always favorable to me to have multiple perspectives on situations, particularly when the two perspectives are as completely differing as those of Alex and Brittany. These alternating POV’s were written well and the transition between the two was fairly seamless.
I loved Alex Fuentes. And despite not being too sure about Brittany Ellis in the beginning, I quickly found that I liked her too. These two characters are great – they’re just…cheesy and typical. They’ve had hard lives, and I have read where claims of character development is defended in other reviews – I suppose I can see development to a degree, because they both had to shed some preconceived stereotypes to be able to have a relationship. And oh that ending, so pretty! (Really, I did like it. But it was so doggone abnormally perfect.)
In spite of these things and the cheesiness of Perfect Chemistry, I completely loved it. I loved it to pieces and you bet I’ll be reading Rules of Attraction and Chain Reaction at some point. I recommend Perfect Chemistry to readers who love YA contemporary romance, particularly those who are looking for an easy-breezy read without too much depth. (I find that tons of my reading friends have already read this book. I quite possibly may be the last person left on earth that needed to read it.)
YA Contemporary Romance
Alternating POV’sRomance: slowly developing?
You need to make sure you’re mature enough for this one!**
Did you walk around saying FUENTES like I did?
I love these easy-breezy, no-thought-required books…
even if they’re cheesy sometimes.
Any recommendations like this one?
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