Friday, February 11, 2011

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

Perfect Chemistry (Perfect Chemistry, #1)Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read Elkeles 2nd book lst---but just finishing this book on my way to Rhode Island in 4 1/2 hours tells you I couldn't put it down and that this book is just as good as Rules of Attraction! Mexican, Alex Fuentes is a gang member who loves to fight, collects drug money for the Latin Bloods but doesn't do drugs. The only reason Alex became a blood was to keep his mother and 2 brothers protected; Alex was 6 when he was with his father and his father was shot. Now he wants to graduate from high school and go to college---but everyone doesn't know that about him - only that he is always in trouble, has an attitude and doesn't trust his teachers. Especially Mrs. Peterson, the chemistry teacher who pairs him with perfect blond Brittany Ellis, who can't stand Alex, has a boyfriend and has secrets of her own. What I liked about both books is how the main guy character thinks, feels, reacts. The author does a very convincing job of showing you Alex's thoughts and feelings while convincing you Brittany hates and fears Alex. She has worked her whole life to keep her secrets and won't let anyone find out her life is not pefect. But she begins to find out Alex has other sides that no one sees. For a very stimulating, heart-pounding look at two opposite teens and what happens when their worlds collide, this book will satisfy readers with all the action, desire and passion that moves the characters and story to a nailbiting conclusion.

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