It definitely took me a while to get through this book as it had its slow moments. However, the story really picked up near the end and was emotionallIt definitely took me a while to get through this book as it had its slow moments. However, the story really picked up near the end and was emotionally poignant and I couldn't help but let a few tears out. Great character development and a satisfying ending for such a heartbreaking subject. Would definitely recommend....more
I think I may be in the minority here but I didn't love it. I wouldn't want Jessica Darling to be my best friend, and I think she is too sensitive andI think I may be in the minority here but I didn't love it. I wouldn't want Jessica Darling to be my best friend, and I think she is too sensitive and cynical for my taste. I didn't find any of the characters swoonworthy, and nothing really aroused my emotions when I read this. I didn't get extremely angry, sad, frustrated, or happy because I never connected with any of the characters. I struggled to get through some of it. I don't know if I'll be reading the rest of the series...I'm honestly surprised that so many people loved it as much as they do! But, everyone has different tastes, right? :)...more
I loved this book because of all the places I got to travel with the main character, Ginny. I have serious wanderlust and want to see this world, andI loved this book because of all the places I got to travel with the main character, Ginny. I have serious wanderlust and want to see this world, and this book just made me that more excited to travel! I loved Maureen Johnson's descriptions and I loved the uniqueness of the plot. This is definitely different than other contemporaries that I have read.
The only thing I didn't love about this book was that it felt too "YA", which is fine, but I was well aware that I was reading a YA novel the entire time. With books I love, I usually forget that the book is made for a younger audience, but this one makes it very clear. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it was just a little distracting for me. Also, I wish there was more character development for characters such as Richard and Keith.
However, I can't wait to read the sequel to this novel! :) ...more
I've heard many great things about Perfect Chemistry and I was not disappointed.
This novel was extremely fast paced and had lots of *spicier* momentsI've heard many great things about Perfect Chemistry and I was not disappointed.
This novel was extremely fast paced and had lots of *spicier* moments than a typical YA. I loved it!
I also loved how Simone Elkeles spent so much time on characterization. I really felt attached to the characters and it was easy to get immersed into their world.
I loved the alternating points of view and I loved how the characters weren't one dimensional. Both of the protagonists are definitely ones that you will root for, although Alex wasn't quite swoonworthy for me. I think he's just not my type ;)
In fact, the neighborhood described in this novel reminds me a lot of the city I grew up up in...suburbs with the nicer homes, and a few blocks down, tons of crime and Mexican gangs. It was really easy to relate to when learning about the setting of these characters' worlds. However, because I grew up in a town so similar to that described in the novel, I found it SO hard to believe that things would ever play out as they did in the novel. Nothing like this (romance wise) had happened during my middle school/high school years spent in that city. Obviously novels are a work of fiction, and this novel was great...but because of my own personal experiences and biases, the novel didn't work for me 100%. However, this is extremely an individual case for me and I'd definitely recommend picking this book up!
I especially loved how Simone Elkeles closed things out with the epilogue. I love to know what happens to the characters in the future, and she summed it up briefly but nicely.
If you are in the mood for a fast paced YA contemporary romance, I'd definitely recommend this. I look forward to reading the next book in this series, and other books by Simone Elkeles! ...more