Review: ‘Perfect Chemistry’ by Simone Elkeles

Review: ‘Perfect Chemistry’ by Simone ElkelesPerfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
Series: Perfect Chemistry #1
Published by Bloomsbury USA on January 6th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source: borrowed from the library
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.

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Brittany is your typical high school queen bee on the outside. A blonde blue-eyed, popular cheerleader who lives on the wealthy side of town, but that’s as much as appearances go because what people don’t know is that she also helps her sister cope with her disabilities. Then there’s Alex, who is in a gang, rides a motorcycle, protects his little brothers and mother from harm and also ditches class every now and then. He lives on the poorer side of the town.

None of that seems to matter until a new year arrives and in chemistry class Brittany and Alex are assigned seats beside each other making them partners. Slowly but surely they start to fall in love. With so many differences between them, will their love survive high school?

Now I’m not one to read YA contemporary romance novels I enjoy paranormal romances and fantasy love triangles, but this one was a rather surprisingly great read. The premise of the story isn’t anything new, rich spoiled girl falls for the bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks. But this one was cute! Surprisingly witty and fun dialogues between the two main characters made it seem more realistic then love at first sight.


Now I’m done playing the “perfect” girl and living by everyone else’s rules, including my own. (205)





  1. Maricris Patrimonio Dimla

    October 31, 2013 at 3:12 AM

    I love this series! this book is the reason why i started to like contemporaries. i loooove the Fuentes Brothers! i love Simone Elkeles! Thank you for your great review!!

  2. Cali W.

    July 3, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Great review! I really love this series! The Fuentes brothers are funny and I love reading about them. <3

  3. MonaG

    April 28, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    I’ve been wanting to read this series for a while. It reminds me of the books by S.E. Hinton, which I love(enjoyed the movies and the TV series too).

    Also, I like books with fun, witty dialogue.

  4. mina

    February 26, 2013 at 5:54 AM

    OMG… love the books, they are the best in the world<33 i cry every time i read it:)

  5. dian aesha

    February 15, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    whoa..this is my fav book,,,i love alex fuentes,,cant stop for reading this book.
    nice riview^^


  6. Samantha

    December 2, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    This is not really the type of book that I would normally read. I was looking through the books that you reviewed and decided to check this one out because I know a lot of people enjoyed it. Great review, I think I just might have to check this one out to see what all the fuss is about and maybe even enjoy myself.

  7. Imel Cullen

    October 11, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Great Review^^
    Perfect Chemistry is One of my favorite drama YA,,, I loved the story and the character Alex and Brit….

  8. Jenn@OwlReadIt

    August 5, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    This book sounds really cute 🙂 I tend to enjoy contemporaries, so for you not really reading them that much and enjoying this so much, I might have to give it a read soon 🙂

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