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Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
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A romance novel about two very different teens--one a Latino gang member from the poor side of town, the other a rich White girl who is one of the most beautiful and popular girls in school--who fall in love after they are paired together for a year-long Chemistry project. Problem's ensue, but like many young adult novels they are solved more easily than they would be in real life. While this reads as a stand alone novel, it is the beginning of a trilogy. The author has filled the book with a smattering of Spanish words and, according to her author note, worked with young Latino students to try to effectively write about the suburban Latino culture and slang. Teens who love romance will like this read, but I think there is enough testosterone and discussion of real-life problems that it will appeal to a wider audience.

This would be a good companion read for Sharon Draper's Romiette and Julio or Jacqueline Woodson's If You Come Softly which is the best written of the bunch.

Also, this book is not for the prudish--there are a lot of curse words in both English and Spanish, but they seem authentic to the characters in the book.
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