Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Simone Elkeles; Perfect Chemistry





  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers (December 23, 2008)

Synopsis
A modern tale of star-crossed lovers with a fresh urban twist. At Fairfield High School, on the outskirts of Chicago , everyone knows that south-siders mixing with north-siders can be explosive. So when Brittany Ellis and Alejandro “Alex” Fuentes are forced to be lab partners in chemistry class, this human experiment leads to unexpected revelations – that Brittany ’s flawless reputation is a cover for her troubled home life, that Alex’s bad-boy persona hides his desire to break free from gang ties, and that when they’re together, life somehow makes more sense. Breaking through the stereotypes and expectations that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart, Perfect Chemistry takes readers to both sides of the tracks in a passionate love story about looking beneath the surface.




My Review


 Perfect Chemistry may have been a story about star crossed lovers, but it wasn't your typical story line. I know you think you have read all these types of books? You are wrong. Simone Elkeles writes with severity, honesty and a tenderness that exudes through the character in her book.
Brittany may have been from the "right" side of the tracks but she didn't give a snobbish air about right and wrong side of the tracks. Alex may have been a bad boy but he was all heart. The end of the book shocked the heck out of me. As I was saying this book maybe a book that you think  "If I have read one star-crossed lover book, Then I have read them all." I can honestly say you'd be wrong, This is a definite read. 


My review of Rules of Attraction is soon to come.
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Simone Elkeles Was generous enough to sponsor Birthday Phenomenon



With 
Perfect Chemistry paperback
Rules of Attraction hardback



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46 comments:

Brown-Eyed Girl said...

I'd like to enter! Perfect Chemistry sounds like a great book!

Elizabeth Morgan said...

sounds like a fun book. Exciting!!!

Kirthi said...

My friend is reading this and I so want to borrow it when she's done, it sounds so good! Especially the "star crossed lovers" part :D

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Great review! I have this one on my shelf.

elizabeth said...

I've heard great things about this book, but I haven't had the chance to read it yet.

Katelyn said...

I haven't had the chance to read these but they're both on my TBR list and sound really great!

Leilani @Leilani Loves Books said...

I LOVED both of them! I must say, ladies, Carlos is MINE!

Mary said...

This is my first visit to your blog. I found you by chance and had intended only to say hello. My eyes were lured to some of your prior posts and I really liked what I found. I'll be back as often as I can. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Liz said...

I dont like so much the book :D But I think that the writer is great :D

Christa said...

I was already interested in this book, but your review made it even more interesting. An original take on star-crossed lovers? wow.

Angelia said...

I can't wait to read Rules Of Attraction!

Adriana said...

I agree with everything you said. I don't normally like the whole star crossed lovers romance thing, but this one was amazing. I'll be looking forward to reading your review for Rules of Attraction.

Bookie said...

I loved this book. I can't wait for ROA.

Readerly Person said...

This one's on my to-read list! I actually first heard about this series when I read a review of the second book, which piqued my interest in the first...

- Rebecca

Shy said...

This is indeed another book that I'm looking forward to read. I've never read anything with this setting before, so I thought it'd be thoroughly interesting!

bookaholic said...

I would love to read this book...don't know when I will be lucky enough to lay my hands on the book!! Sounds superb!

Andrea said...

i was given this book my first day as an intern at the publisher and I have to say, it is superb!! I have been anxiously awaiting for RULES OF ATTRACTION ever since and need to make time to get to the store!

Plus, the rap video book trailers are awesome.

NotNessie said...

This book sounds ridiculously good. I can't wait to read it.

Elana Johnson said...

I stroked the cover of this book at Borders the other day. It's a brilliant cover. And the books sounds amazing too. :)

InABox said...

I can't wait to read this. It sounds like a really sweet romance.

Alex said...

I still haven't read these, but so want to!

Giada M said...

Love your review!*O* I can't wait to read it!

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donnas said...

Great review. I have read many many great things about this one. But I still cant decide if its the type of book for me.

Emma Kate "Coops" @ Whats Cracking Coops said...

I absolutely *adored* this book - such a breath of fresh air from the paranormal stuff (though I love the paranormal stuff, I'm even writing it!). But this book was just great...my copy of Rules of Attraction is on its very slow, agonizing way to Australia! LOL :D

Kirsten said...

I wanted to read this book since I read the first review about it. I hope I'll be lucky ;)

Kirsten

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ally said...

I went to her site and i saw all her trailers!!! I'm so psyched to read this book!!!

Alannah
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mbreakfield said...

Before I could read it, I would have to know if the ending is sad. I don't like sad endings.
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brizmus said...

Sounds fresh and fun and new! Great review! :-)

YA Vampire Books said...

Great review! I loved this book and I can't wait to read the sequel!

bianca_riot said...

Great Review, im sooo want to read it!!!

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Nina said...

I am looking forward reading this book for myself. It has gotten so many positive reviews that I cannot wait.

Sweet Vernal Zephyr said...

This is on my TBB pile and keeps inching up towards the top with every review I read!

Lisa R said...

Definitely on my wishlist. Thanks for your insight of the book.

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Jill of The O.W.L. said...

I have this book on my bookshelf right now! I've just got to get to it. I've heard nothing but good about it.

joder said...

I've heard so many wonderful things about Simone's books and really hope I win them! I've heard they represent teenagers very accurately and are very emotional. They sound like they'd be a great thing to share amongst family members.

joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

blueicegal said...

man i adored perfect chemistry and i want rules of attraction so bad!

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Kate said...

I keep hearing such great things about this book! I cant wait to read it! :)

Brodie said...

I totally agree with your review. I read this a couple of months ago and LOVED it! I loved that she wrote it from both Brittany and Alex's POV, gaining perspective from both of them was one of the things that made this story. I can't wait to read Rules of Attraction@

kstobias0385 said...

I am so torn on these two books. Romance like this isn't my typical type, but I can't tell you how many blogs I follow that are all singing praises about these books. So that means there must be something there, right? Your review is saying it's different, so I think I'm going to trust you and give this one a try.

Brianna Bruce said...

Definite read for me! I've heard so many rave reviews for this novel, that it's not something that I can pass by.

Erika said...

i read perfect chemistry and did a review on it, too, and i'm glad you enjoyed it as much as i did! it's one of my favorites, and i loved everything about it. the characters, the story (!!!), the writing... everything was great. since i read it a few weeks ago, i couldn't stop babbling about it! hahaha. i just got rules of attraction, and i'm looking forward to reading it :)

Val said...

I'm in need of a romantic type book but more on the younger side. :)

I would love to read this.

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Amy J - Book Addict said...

I love this author! She is such a sweetie to chat with!

Amy J
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Tina said...

Oh GOD! I finished this book the las week and I love it! It's very realistic. I'm looking forward to reading Rules of Atraction! :)

Precious said...

I've heard so many good things about Perfect Chemistry. I added this to my wishlist! NIce review!

ChickLitGirl said...

Omg I LOVED Perfect Chemistry! I cannot WAIT for Rules of Attraction. Its book trailer is seriously HOT.