Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

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A fresh, urban twist on the classic tale of star-crossed lovers.

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.

About Simone Elkeles

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Simone Elkeles is the author of Perfect Chemistry and Leaving Paradise, a Book Sense Pick. Simone was named Illinois Author of the Year by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English. She lives in Illinois with her family.
Published April 19, 2010 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens. 368 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Sparks fly when cheerleading it-girl Brittany Ellis is paired with gang-banger bad-boy Alex Fuentes in chemistry lab.

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It’s his senior high at Fairfield High and you’d think he’d just want to hurry up and graduate.

Nov 24 2010 | Read Full Review of Perfect Chemistry


Plot - 4 bookmarks Character Development - 4 1/2 bookmarks Realism - 5 bookmarks (Love books where teens behave like teens and not as the politically correct police want them to.) Love Story - 4 bookmarks Dream Cast (otherwise known as who I pictured while reading) - Alyson Michalka (Brittan...

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Alex, sit down.” Mrs. Peterson eyes the rest of the class.

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Gather Books

However, when she is paired with dangerously-sexy Alex Fuentes in Chemistry class, her perfect reputation is definitely on the line.

May 29 2011 | Read Full Review of Perfect Chemistry

The Overflowing Library

It was slightly predictable and a little cheesy in how it turned out but I loved it (possibly more for these things) I loved the characters and really enjoyed following them in their story.

Mar 01 2011 | Read Full Review of Perfect Chemistry

The Daily Fig

After I finished Perfect Chemistry I had to buy the second installment, Rules of Attraction, and now I can’t wait for Simone Elkeles latest book, Chain Reaction, which will be released August 16th.

May 27 2011 | Read Full Review of Perfect Chemistry


Simone Elkeles, a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, is in the process of publishing her third book in the “Perfect Chemistry” series that has many people talking.

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Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book

Neither is happy with the arrangement, but as Brittany struggles to keep her perfect world in order and Alex tries to maintain his tough-guy status while dreaming for a better future, they realize they’re not so different after all.

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