Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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.
I only chose this book because it was a suggested read from an online group I follow. I wouldn't normally pick up a book that appeared to be a mushy teen romance novel. However, I was so glad I did. I guessed the book was about kids from "opposite sides of the track", like Westside Story being a Romeo and Juliet. This story was more for me. I could not put this one down. I'm rushing out to lend this one to my best friend before it is due back.
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