Review: Perfect Chemistry

March 8, 2011

Read the review and more after the break.

Elkeles, S. (2009). Perfect chemistry. New York, NY: Walker Publishing Company, Inc.

Brittany Peterson and Alejandro Fuentes seem to be polar opposites.  When the cheerleader and the gang member are randomly partnered for a chemistry project, sparks begin to fly.  Elkeles manages a steamy hot romance that will appeal to more than just girls.  Her tough guy Alex is, well, tough.  But even Brittany can see through his exterior to the tender kid inside.  Class and identity are explored with more than just a cursory once over.  Elkeles also keeps the stakes high for both young kids and their blossoming relationship.

Additional Thoughts:

While mostly girls will gravitate towards this, and eat up bad boy Alex . . . I couldn’t put it down.  There is enough edge to both characters that the reader is never sure who will end up where, or even if the main characters will make it out alive.

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