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Perfect Chemistry (Perfect Chemistry #1)

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  161,175 ratings  ·  8,655 reviews
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
Hardcover, 359 pages
Published December 23rd 2008 by Walker Childrens
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This novel was fantastic, it was wonderful, it blew me away! After I finished reading it, I wanted to read it again... something in the story just really got to me. If I had to describe it I’d say it’s like Pretty in Pink meets West Side Story. You know Pretty in Pink, awesome 80's movie starring Molly Ringwald, rich guy falling for the poor girl on the other side of the tracks... West Side Story, forbidden love in the most extreme.

It’s obvious that Elkeles did her homework with this one. The g
This was good. Yes, it was insanely cliche, unrealistic, and would never happen to two teenagers in real life. We all know that. Some high school kids are too immature to fall in love. But I can't say for all teenagers. However, Elkeles made it so believable.

At first, I hated Brittany. The I'm-so-perfect facade she pulls off really angered me. I was Alex, hating her for being fake and perfect and untouchable. Then I slowly began to feel her pain. I began to know her and understand what she does
I'm just not the right person to read YA books. Even though I'm technically the target audience for these (me being a teen and all), I've found that I just hate 90 % of them. Even most of the ones other people seem to like, I hate. So if you're a person who doesn't dislike super cheesy writing and a million clichés, this book will probably be a fun read for you and you shouldn't let my bad review keep you from reading it.

I really only read this book because so many people on Goodreads seemed to
 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~*
Sep 01, 2011 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~* rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA Romance readers, Young Adult-Mature, and those who love stories of star-crossed lovers

5 Stars!!! - Also reviewed at: Lady Jayne's Reading Den

(This is an Adult-who-enjoys-reliving-the-stirrings-of-first-love-and-self-discovery-during-the-teen-years-through-YA books review)

**CONTENT WARNING - Since this is a YA book I will include a warning that this book contains some Sexual, Drug and Alcohol, Course Language and Violent Content - Recommended for Older Teens**

I LOVED this book!!! Perfect Chemistry is an urban story of star-crossed lovers from “different sides of the track” – B

 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Aug 03, 2009 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of a good starcrossed romance, A reader who is wanting to try young adult fiction
Recommended to Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) by: Shannon
First of all, I want to thank my Goodreads friend, Shannon, for recommending this wonderful book. My life was so enriched by the reading of it. I also want to thank Ms. Simone Elkeles for putting fingers to keyboard and bringing this incredible story of the love between Alex and Brittany to life.

Life is cruel and harsh, and we all wear armor to protect ourselves against the pain of loss and the hardships we face. In Perfect Chemistry, we see two very different people who have a kindred soul. The
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Emily May

I read this a while ago and I always meant to review but never ended up getting around to it until now. I have a few things I want to say, the first that it wasn't entirely unenjoyable, the low rating reflects several things but I want to point out that I understand why so many people love this book and I think it would be better for the majority to read it themselves and make their own minds up - I know that I am again in the minority.

It's quite a nice Romeo and Juliet type of forbidden romanc
“Alex probably brings his dates sharp knives as gifts, in case she’ll need one when she’s out on a date with him.”

Initial Final Page Thoughts.
Well considering I thought I was going to read about two pages of this book before giving up, I’m surprised how much I enjoyed this one. Maybe I am a girl after all. Gosh.

High Points.
Brittany. Alex. PacoPacoPaco. Pom squad. Garages. Motorcycles. Science projects. Beaches. Leather jackets. Bandanas. Chichis. The phrase “ripped bod”. Muffins. Hand warmers
Audrey  *Ebook and Romance Lover*
Oh My God! This book...I just thought it was...SO GOOD!




You might think that this is like those cheesy romantic teen books and movies where the girl after hating the guy falls in love with him and blah, blah, blah!!

Nope, its nothing like that. This book is more than that.It is one of the best romantic books I have ever read and very beautiful.

So lets start with the beautiful Brittany Ellis the main character:


She is your typical beautiful, hot blonde girl.
Nov 17, 2014 Jasmin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Every slightly older that average YA reader :)
Class, silence please. I am your teacher for today.

What happens if you add a weak acid with a conjugate base?

Ah! Forget my blubbering silly chemistry.

How bout this formula below?

What happens if you add this hot Latino hunk
plus this blonde cheerleader
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*wrong buzzer sound*

No class, we do not get perfect chemistry.

We get this movie instead:

*hands shoot up in the air*

Okay I am not fit to be a teacher since I'm talking nonsense here.

But really, what is perfect chemistry?

I'm not a mast
Julie Kagawa
I adore this book.

This is not a genre I read often. The genres I read often include dragons, faeries, werewolves (I've sworn off vampires for awhile), wizards, magic, flying carpets, kings, queens, and talking pink rabbits. In other words, I'm a big fantasy buff. BUT, then I saw the booktrailer for Perfect Chemistry ...

And was so intrigued and amused, I had to go buy it. I could give a summary, but the trailer does a much better job, so all I'll say is th
My niece was reading this book and asked me what I thought of it. I read it last year and was so incensed at how horrible it was, this review (which has undergone several revisions from the original pissed-off rant) has been sitting in My Documents until now when the discussion of Perfect Chemistry came up again. I somehow managed to survive this EPIC RACEFAIL/GENDERFAIL of a book. Seriously, I wondered if author Simone Elkeles ever met a stereotype she didn't like or believe in. To say that she ...more
Meg ♥
I adored this book. This is the classic love story with a fresh new feel.

Hmm let's see...Certain parts cliche, certain parts stereotypical, certain parts predictable, but I was still able to enjoy this book for what it was: romantic and sweet.

Alex is a gang member, who doesn't want to be and Brittany is a cheerleader. When they first meet they don't hit it off. They think they know everything there is to know about one another just by what they see or may have heard. In time, they fall for each
I am not in love with Alex Fuentes. I do not wa-

Just kidding, Haleema. <3

*sigh* Perfect Chemistry was everything I wanted it to be. It was cute and fluffy and dark and sexy, all at the same time. It was well-written and didn’t remind me of any YA books I wanted to throw against the wall. I can’t even begin to sum up all the clichés that were used in this book, but they were so well done that I completely forgive Simone Elkeles for all of them. She took those clichés and made them her bitches.
2.5 stars

I know that we are young,
And I know that you may love me,
But I just can’t be with you like this anymore,
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Dear Perfect Chemistry,

It was fun while it lasted. Tempestuous, occasionally hilarious, but fun. However, at the end of the day, I think you and I just want different things. We’re not right for each other. And I need to move on.

I’ve been known to make a song, dance and general fool out of mysel
Zoë (readbyzoe)
THIS BOOK WAS SO CUTE. It wasn't just a mushy teen romance book but also dealt with more serious issues. The character development was flawless and I'm so happy I read this book!
Elena R a.k.a. Lunies R
Outstanding! It's been a while since I enjoyed a really good ya-novel. Perfect Chemistry, captivated my mind from beginning to end.

The characters Alex Fuentes and Brittany Ellis both had issues they had to deal with that makes the plot of the story so surreal.Alex is a gang member,with absolutely no intentions on going to college and doing anything meaningful with his life, that's the story of what people on the south side part of town believe.Brittany is the rich girl trying to keep up with th
Mar 23, 2010 Tatiana rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Sarah Dessen and such
Shelves: 2010, ya
I've sworn to stop reading YA romance a million of times before. Just like adult bodice-rippers, I find the genre too formulaic and predictable. Unfortunately, "Perfect Chemistry" is no exception.

There is really nothing wrong with this book except for its utter unoriginality. This is a story that we all have read before - a rich, popular and beautiful cheerleader and dangerous (but hot) gang member are thrown in together by fate, or, more specifically, a chemistry lab seating chart (I am coming
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

Soooo corny! But I LOVE it! Jeez, reading has made me soft...

I remember when I saw this book in the book store months ago, my friend told me not to get it because she said she could tell it would be bad. I questioningly looked at her and asked her why - because she said she had never read the book - and she tells me her Book Cover Theory. That you can tell whether a book will be good or bad by the cover it has. So even though I thought what she was saying was dumb, I didn't buy the book, bumped
A rich white girl from a messed-up family falls in love with a poor Mexican boy from the wrong side of the tracks. When I read the blurb for Perfect Chemistry, I thought, hmmm... haven't I already watched this movie?

In fact, I have not. This book is nothing like the over-emotional mess that was Crazy/Beautiful, and I might have to shoot people for comparing the two and making me hesitate over picking this book up. Before I start to gush, some disclosures: This book is a romance. Flat-out, no hol
I tend to judge books by their covers, so I understand why my sister might have bought this; but I assure you that the cover art is the only redeeming quality about this book. I thought others would agree with me but after reading a handful of reviews claiming this book is a ‘must read,’ I realized some people in this world have no compunction in telling ridiculous falsehoods.
This book was full of badly written clichés and the ‘playful banter’ between the characters seemed forced and awkward. T
Michelle Rebar
This book was amazing. If it doesn't melt your heart, then my guess is that you don't have one. This is a gritty, intense love story that will leave you swooning the entire time you read it. I stayed up until 5 am to finish it because I couldn't sleep until I found out how it ended. Romeo + Juliet have NOTHING on Alejandro + Brittney.
I AM FLOORED that I enjoyed this YA Romance as much as I did! I found myself unable to resist turning the pages.

I’m not going to go into the plot much because it’s already been done beautifully!
This is a classic story of girl meets boy, from the wrong side of the tracks, but with a gangsta lean.
What starts out as a bet between Alex and one of his friends, involving Brittany turns into undeniable love. As these two lose their hearts to each other they find there is much more they have in common
Stacia (the 2010 club)
3.5 stars. I went into this one with a little bit of hesitancy after seeing a couple of people slam it pretty hard for being full of bad stereotypes. Most of the people I know who have read the book did like it a lot, but sometimes even one or two negative opinions can be enough to scare me off if they're strong ones.

Funny thing is, I didn't think it was as bad or off-base as those couple people made it out to be. Maybe it was because I knew my fair share of guys similar to Alex (and dated a cou
Kat O'Keeffe
A fantastic contemporary romance! I loved the relationship between Brittany and Alex, but I especially loved that the story wasn't JUST about their romance--they each had their own conflicts and struggles in life. I thought they were both really well-developed characters, and I couldn't help but root for them to get together.

What really won me over, though, was the humor and the emotional impact of this book. Any book that can make me laugh out loud then bring me close to tears is a winner to m
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Mini Review:

C'mon, you guys saw this coming. Each time I read a book like this one, it gets worse. I have a feeling my bitch mode will unleash in a few reviews' time.

I give sincere apologies to Perfect Chemistry and Simone Elkeles. It's neither of your faults that a million authors decided to copy your ideas of a good girl, bad boy romance. It's not your fault that I read you after some better executed ones. It's not your fault that you got so popular. It's
Morgan F
May 31, 2010 Morgan F rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who would be interested in a West Side Story/ Grease cross-over
When I first heard of this book, I dismissed it. It looked cheesy, predictable, and nothing new. And I hated the cover (I would have preferred it if Alex had his shirt off, thank you). But then, I kept seeing more and more rave reviews, so I gave in. On my next trip to Borders, this book found it's way into my pile.

Now here's a story you've all heard before: boy from the bad side of town and the perfect good girl beats the odds and fall in love. The bad boy in this case is Mexican gangbanger, Al
Perfect Chemistry is a wonderful story, I loved reading it. The story is about two high school seniors from two very different lifestyles who fall in love despite their differences.

Brittany Ellis has the perfect life from the outside – she is beautiful, rich and popular at school. However, her home life is not a fairy tale. Her older sister has major health problems which she helps out with as much as possible because her parents can’t seem to deal with her. Her mother has anxiety issues and ex
Annie Brewer
Well, Simone Elkeles has once again wowed me with her AWESOMENESS!!!! As tears are streaming down my face, of course they are happy tears but also tear of sadness to see Alex and Brit's story unfold in only one book. Oh boy was this book worth every tear I shed tonight-and there were alot. But these last tears were those of happiness for a perfect ending, to the perfect story, with my 2 favorite perfect characters that will live on in my heart forever. Oh Alex and Brit how I will miss thee-I sup ...more
WOW!! The only word that comes to mind is WOW!! I LOVED THIS BOOK!! I typically give a book 5 stars if I loved it, not based on the writing, the author etc. I base my ratings on I felt reading the book, but there are not enough stars for this book!! This may be a YA, but what a moving story of love and overcoming who we think need people to believe we are! I said before that I love the premise of this book which is that we are so much more than the persona we show the outside world. I can't prai ...more
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Simone Elkeles is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of novels for teens. Simone’s books have won many awards including being YALSA Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, being named to the YALSA Popular Paperbacks and Teens Top Ten lists, and added to the Illinois “Read for a Lifetime” Reading List. Simone also won the coveted RITA award from the Romance Writers of ...more
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