» Perfect Chemistry, Simone Elkeles

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Perfect Chemistry, Simone ElkelesPerfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
Series: Perfect Chemistry #1
Published by Simon and Schuster on 2011-11-10
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback
4 Stars

(description from Amazon):  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.

My Thoughts
Green swirlsI loved this series.  I didn’t think I would considering that there were no werewolves, vampires, pixies or even a simple ghost.  Nothing of the sort.  Very “human” story for me and it was great!

I’ve seen where most people think that book 1 was their favourite and I can see why but I think my fave is Rules of Attraction, which is the 2nd one.  Now, that may also be the case because I read RoA first and then Chain Reaction and then went back and read the first one.  I hated like hell to read them out of order like that but I had no choice because I couldn’t get my hands on a copy of the first one until after I read the following two.

I LOVED this series.  Again, I didn’t think I would have and I did.  I remember going back a couple of weeks ago when I read RoA and CR.  I read each in a day.  I read PC in a day too.  Elkeles just writes in a way that you simply cannot put the book down.  She keeps my interest.  It’s riveting!

I don’t want to go so far as to say that I “relate” to these characters because I don’t.  Not in the way their home lives were anyway.   I can relate to the feelings they have though.  I know what it’s like to be so much in love with someone even when you know it’s wrong but just can’t help yourself…. or falling for someone that you think or feel you have no chance with because they’re on a whole other level than you.   It’s silly to feel like that, but the reality is when you’re in school, that’s exactly what it’s like.  You have cliques and if you’re not in one… you’re out of one.  There is no happy medium.

Elkeles wove this theory/reality into all three books in a profound way.  She did an amazing job at it.

Her characters were so believable and spot on.  You felt what they felt and that’s just damn good writing in my books.    The relationships were believable to a certain extent, but I have a little problem with kids falling deeply in love in such a short time…. View Spoiler »  Either way, I still enjoyed it.  It’s like I said in my other reviews of the first two books.  I could sit here and pick some things about the books apart, but I just don’t want to because I enjoyed them too much.

As I said above… most reviews I’ve read everyone seems to like PC as their fave, but I think mine was Rules of Attraction (bk2)… or Chain Reaction.   I’m undecided about that still.  That may have something to do with the fact that it was the first one I read too.  I’m not sure.  I just know that I think I liked the story of the 2nd & 3rd books the best but I really truly love Alex’s character too.  Yay me, he was in all three books!  It was good to go back and read his story though.  It just made me fall in love with him more.  I thought he was fantastic in book 2 and then he showed up in book 3 and I loved him more and then to go back and read his past it just solidifies his character for me.  He’s my favourite character out of all three books.    Carlos is my next favourite character and then Luis.  Luis’ story was the best out of all three, but Kiara was my favourite girlfriend out of all three… and then back to Alex being my favourite brother out of all three.  I guess it just means that I love all three books in their own way.

I love all three brothers and Brittany & Kiara.  Nikki, not so much.  Something about her rubbed me the wrong way.  I never did connect with her.  I mean I know what happened to her was tough, but she let it define her and I found that lame.   I guess on the other hand, she grew a tough skin because of it, but wasn’t healed under the skin… just on the surface.  I can’t quite grasp what it was that I didn’t like about her.  I mean I should have more compassion for someone in her situation, but I just don’t for some reason.

Brittany was an awesome character, whom I can really relate to and Kiara was the best one of all.  The little spunky tyke that she was.  She just wouldn’t be shot down….View Spoiler »

One final thing… I really liked the way she did the epilogue on all three books.  It sort of told futures about each of the brothers in each of their books but yet it didn’t ruin the chances of a sequel.

I just might have to check out the rest of Elkeles’ books.

Green swirls

Awesome I loved it

About Simone Elkeles

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 America for her book Perfect Chemistry. Simone is especially proud of the fact that the Illinois Association of Teachers of English named her Author of the Year.

Simone was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, where she still lives today. Simone went to the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and received her Bachelor’s of Science there in Psychology in 1992. She continued her education at Loyola University-Chicago where she received her Master’s of Science degree in Industrial Relations while working for a manufacturing company creating diversity programs for their employees.

She loves animals (she has two dogs – a labradoodle and a German Shepherd), kids (she also has two of those) and her family. In her spare time she’s the Hockey Mom for her kids hockey teams and is an active Girl Scout leader specially trained in outdoor education. She also spends time mentoring other teen and adult authors. (She also loves sushi, which you can probably tell by reading her books.) Simone writes about teens because she was a teen in the 80’s (when spiked hair and blue eye shadow were “rad”) and she loves writing about those exciting teen relationships and romances.

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