Perfect Chemistry (Perfect Chemistry #1) by Simone Elkeles
Release Date: January 1st 2011
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
Page Count: Paperback, 360 pagesGenre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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.
I started this on a whim and ended up diving in without coming back up for air. I absolutely loved it, despite being terribly cheesy at times. And damn, there were some hot scenes! I'm not sure exactly how realistic the whole scenario was, but I can get lost in that fantasy. Alex was hot. The chemistry WAS good. And I think I want to read this again.