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Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
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it was amazing

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 that it was amazing. I thought I would despise the female lead, Brittney, but from the first chapter, she shows she's not the stuck-up ditz I thought she'd be and I really connected with her. Alex, ah Alex. I always had a thing for stoic bad-boys with tragic pasts. And, what can I say, I'm a hopeless romantic after all. The chemistry (pun intended) between them was intense, and made me melt into a big happy puddle of goo.

So to summarize:

Story: A. A classic Romeo and Juliet story, only with gangs and cheerleaders.

Characters: A+. I've read a lot of YA where I couldn't stand the protag, especially if it's a female. Call me old fashioned, but being rude and condescending does not come off as "snarky" or "tough," just smack-worthy. Alex and Brittney never got to the point where I wanted to slap them. They both acted like real, relatable teenagers, each with their own set of problems that they were dealing with in their own way.

Writing: A. No flowery language or stunning descriptions here, but the writing is real and down-to-earth, yet executed in such a way that you really feel what the characters are going through. And the ending left me grinning like an idiot. Overall, I can't say enough good things about this book. So, watch the trailer, and then go out and get this book. You won't be dissapointed.

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June 7, 2009 – Shelved

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SimBim And how great is the trailer??? ;)

message 2: by RAI (new) - rated it 3 stars

RAI Ha! I'm laughing my behind off right now. That was hilarious. I can't believe they made a rap book trailer. I kinda wanna read it now, though it's not usually the type of books I read. Like you, I prefer to read books with some kind of sci-fi twist to them. But becuz it was funny and the story line reminds me of another book, I'll give it a shot.

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