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Welcome! My name is Haley, I'm a 27 year old book-aholic. I'm a book reviewer for the RiverTalk Newspaper. I love reading YA, NA, and adult paranormal mostly, but I do go into other genres on occasion. If you want to talk more one on one about books, please don't hesitate to contact me on facebook or twitter, I love making new bookish friends!

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"I want to know how to make this girl laugh. I want to know what makes her cry. I want to know what it feels like to have her look at me as if I’m her knight in shinning armor" 

 Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
Publisher: Walker Books
Book #1 of 3
360 pages

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

Perfect Chemistry is perfectly told in alternating point of views between the two main characters Brittany Ellis, and Alex Fuentes. Brittany to everyone else is the perfect cheerleader, but she has a lot going on in her life that she keeps hidden. Then there’s Alex, he’s the school bad boy, and everyone fears him. In Perfect Chemistry, these two will fall in love. A classic Romeo and Juliet like story, but in this version Romeo is in a Mexican gang, and Juliet is a preppy cheerleader. 

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles is one of my personal favorite contemporary romances, and was one of the first I read when I started getting into the contemporary genre. With a star crossed romance, realistic teen characters, suspense, drama, and surprises, Perfect Chemistry is still to the day one of my favorite YA novels. 

The characters in Perfect Chemistry were much better than I anticipated going into the story, originally Perfect Chemistry seemed liked it was going to have very cliché characters. I thought Brittany would be stuck up, and annoying with her being the preppy cheerleader. Instead readers get a character that is flawed, has many problems at home, has a handicap sister, and is sick of keeping up the perfect face to everyone on the outside. Brittany was easily the more surprising character, while Alex was my favorite due to him being quite witty and snarky, Brittany was the one that readers will surprisingly find themselves feeling sorry for and connecting with. Every character in Perfect Chemistry was in depth, flawed, and not what you would expect.

The writing in Perfect Chemistry was good, while it wasn’t anything extraordinary, it still flowed nicely, kept my attention and described things very well. The writing in Perfect Chemistry was, simple, but that did not take away from how enjoyable the story was. In this Simone Elkeles novel, her strongest writing point was definitely the dialogue, the conversations between characters were very realistic, and at times quite funny and filled with wit. The banter between Brittany and Alex being the best, Alex is feared by most people at the school, yet Brittany still won’t take any crap from him.  

This won’t be a novel that will have beautiful descriptive imagery by any means, but it is a book that will warm your heart, and possibly break it.  It’s a book that has characters that are flawed, complete opposites in every way, but still somehow they manage to fix one another. This novel teaches readers to never judge someone, no matter how perfect or imperfect they may seem. There is always more under the surface. If you’re someone that enjoys a good star-crossed romance, and you enjoy YA, then this is a novel I highly recommend.  

Can I just say that I literally JUST finished this book and I already wanna pick it back up and read it again? ( I just might)  Can I also add that this book is now my Favorite? Oh and that its perfect? and that I might just freak out over this book for a very long time?

ya this book was THAT good, I don't even think I could write a review good enough to give this book its was honestly just so compelling and so beautiful, it makes you realize you can never judge a person based off of how they look..or even act. It makes you realize any love is possible

That is literally all I'm gonna write...cause to me it seems pointless to write a long review when in the end it wont even sum up how good and how much I loved this book.

Blah I am just gushing with happiness over this book! :D MUST READ.


Steph: Short and Sweet said...

I've kind of always been avoiding this book but after reading your review I'm pretty sure I would like to walk over to the store(at 9pm) right now and buy it. Thanks for the review :) xo

Book Passion for Life said...

So glad you liked it! I felt like that after I read it, I really wanted to go back and read it again. Lol. I've got the second book waiting for me which is in Alex's brothers POV so looking forward to it. Donna x x P.S Great review :)

Unknown said...

I wanna read this one, I've gotten it recommended so ill read it some way n somehow, ^^ Really Awesome blog

Diana said...

enough said. going out to B&N tonight and adding this book to my pile!

Patricia's Particularity said...

Another fan!!! I fell in love with this book and Simone Elkeles after reading this. I picked up the next book in the series and Simone Elkes' "Leaving Paradise" series ASAP.

<3 Happy Reading!
Patricia @ Patricia's Particularity

P.S. New Follower :)

Haley @ YA-Aholic said...

Steph= You wont be disappointed, I kept avoiding it too since its not normally the type of book I read and wow I am so mad I put it off for so long (:

Donna: THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR RECOMMENDING THIS! :D and yes I think I'm gonna order the next one tonight (:

Secret Pages= Thank you (:

Diana= You are going to LOVE this book, I cannot wait to hear how much you love it after you read it (:! lol

Patricia=AH I know I think I am going to order Rules Of Attraction and Leaving Paradise tonight (: Oh and thank you for following, Im actually already following your beautiful blog (:

Cory K said...

I've really been getting into contemporary novels. I need to check this out! Great post.

Haley @ YA-Aholic said...

You'll love it if you like contemporary books, I'm not even that big on contemporary books but this one I still LOVE (:

Madison said...

I agree whole-heartedly!! I JUST reread it for like the 10th time, no joke. It is kind of cliche, but it is AMAZING! Everyone here should read it!!!
The second book (Carlos POV) was also very good. It included Brittney and Alex too. I am so looking forward to Luis's POV. I heard he is going to fall for the wrong type of girl for him (bad girl?). I wonder how that's going to turn out. :)

Haley @ YA-Aholic said...

Ahh I'm glad to hear that Rules of Attraction was also good ! I have it coming in the mail soon (: and Idk about Chain Reaction (Luis's POV) hows that gonna work out? a bad girl? will we read from him and the bad girls POV ? or will there be another girl? AHH I just cant wait to read it and find out.

Have you read any other of Simone's books? I have Leaving Paradise coming in the mail also.(:

Book Passion for Life said...

Haley, I just finished Rules of Attraction! Wow! Carlos....yeah! Wow! Lol I can't decide who I like more! I need to meet Luis like now. Lol

Donna x

P.S I have Leaving Paradise to read but I was also recommend a few books by author Jennifer Echols.

Haley @ YA-Aholic said...

Hahah I have Rules of attraction sitting next to me and Leaving paradise and I have Ruined on its way in the mail..I will deff need to pick them up soon.

ps: I have read one of Jennifer's books, I just finished Going Too Far (:

Traci said...

You know, I've always passed this book over because I don't care for the cover, but now I'm thinking I will have to add it to my wishlist.

Book Passion for Life said...

What what Going too Far like? I'm waiting for it to come in the mail and I also ordered Forget you or something. Lol
I'm so excited I just won a ARC of Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer! Yay!

Haley @ YA-Aholic said...

Traci: I was the same way, I'm not crazy into contemporary books..but I am so glad I picked this up when I did, I'm sure you'll love it too (:

Donna: Going too far was good, not amazing, but pretty good, I'm sure you'll enjoy it, Forget You I have read some reviews on its suppose to be good but I havnt ordered it yet (:
and NO WAY?!?!?!?!?!! Omg I am sooo crazy jealous of you right now Donna!!!!!!(:

Diana said...

so this is random; but I read PC based on your recommendation and review... and let me just say THANK YOU! I f*cking loved it! (excuse the language).... I seriously love you right now! thanks so much for posting this review :)

here's my review if your interested :)

Haley @ YA-Aholic said...

OMG I just noticed your comment Diana! I am SOOOO glad you loved it as much as me!!!!! :DDD

Book Passion for Life said...

Awesome review Hayley. I just received this from RAK and I can't wait to start it!!! So excited!

Haley @ YA-Aholic said...

This book is AMAZING Jess, you ll like it alot(:

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