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Perfect Chemistry av Simone Elkeles
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Perfect Chemistry (utgåvan 2008)

av Simone Elkeles

Serier: Perfect Chemistry (1)

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When wealthy, seemingly perfect Brittany and Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, develop a relationship after Alex discovers that Brittany is not exactly who she seems to be, they must face the disapproval of their schoolmates--and others.
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Titel:Perfect Chemistry
Författare:Simone Elkeles
Info:Walker Books for Young Readers (2008), Paperback, 368 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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Taggar:Teen

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Perfect Chemistry is the first book in a 3 part series. This book is about two teenagers who have completely different lives falling in love. One of the characters is a white girl who is a cheerleader for her school, and lives a "normal" life at home with her parents. The other character is a Hispanic boy who is in a gang, and was raised around gang violence his whole life. They end up falling in love, but have many struggles and differences along the way. I read this book several times, the first time being in junior high. Although this book is geared towards "young adults", I believe pre-teens could benefit from reading this book as well because it gives insight on reality. The author does an awesome job at showing how different people's lives can be, and how differences do not necessarily separate one person from the next. I actually loved this book so much that I met the author at an event after reading it for the first time! I would recommend this book for pre-teens and teens who are mature and enjoy learning about real world problems. ( )
  KennedyWeldon | Mar 26, 2021 |
re-read #5: 23/09/2015 *sigh* this book is as good as ever, i can never get enough of Alex and Brittany ( )
  Ash600 | Mar 19, 2021 |
As soon as I picked up this book and read the sypnosis, I knew exactly what was going to happen. This book is predictable from the first damn page.

Its the same old story, and I've read it a thousand and one times. That said it's a quick read (the first time, anyways). I read it in one day. and while I was reading it, I noticed something: It's West Side Story in reverse. Ther same story, but with a totally different outcome. And I must say, I prefered WSS to this book. It has great music and dancing, and you feel as if the characters really come alive because they are standing right in front of you. (I saw a live production. I want to see the movie too, but haven't got around to it yet.) Plus, it's fun. ( Gee, Officer Krutke was the funnient thing ever. Just saying).

I don't want this review to be to long, but I will point out something that irritated me. Alex is Mexican, and the book spends the entire time reminding you of that fact. Random Spanish turns up in every second sentence. (Most of it wasn't that difficult to understand. I don't know what you people where whining about.) The book is filled to the brim with stereotypes. (Am I the only one who refuses to beleive that all Mexicans/Latinos are in gangs and work on cars?) But the whole Mexican culture thing isn't the thing that irrittated me.(Okay, the stereotypes did, but that's not the point.)It's the fact that while Alex was filled culture, Brittany is just your generic American rich white girl. No background at all. (American doesn't count as a background.) I don't know why it annoyed me. I'm one of those people that think your culture really changes the way to think about things and brings another dimension to a character. And Brittant didn't have that. It didn't even have to be this huge part of who she was, like it was with Alex, it could have been mentioned in passing. Like,
"What's your background?"
"Oh, my parents came from Germany/Poland/Sweden/whatever"
"Cool".

See? Is that difficult? Of all the interesting and different European cultures she could have chosen, she decided to go with no cultural background at all. Wierd, isn't it?

Well, that's it! To sum up, it was a fast and easy read, that despite all my ranting and all the cheese, I enjoyed, because I am a sucker for stories like this. So curl up on your bed, grab some popcorn, read this book and then break out your copies of Grease, Dirty Dancing, West Side Story and Say Anything and make a day out of it! Bring on the cheesiness!


P.S. Alex, I'm just saying, Eli "Weevil" Navarro from Veronica Mars did a much better job of being the 'sexy Latino in a biker gang that loved the rich white girl' than you. Sorry. ( )
  mjacyla | Dec 12, 2020 |
Perfect Chemistry is a classic tale of girl meets boy from the wrong side of the tracks, as well as a classic tale of a bet that turns into more.

Alex Fuentes makes a bet with another member of his gang involving the school “princess” Brittany Ellis, which ends up leading into the two falling completely for each other. They learn more about the person underneath the images they put up in school and in the streets, finding out their vulnerabilities and what really makes the other tick. In the process, they find out they actually have more in common than they realized.

I enjoyed the characters in this book, including Alex and Brittany’s best friends, Paco and Sierra. Paco was a bit of comic relief and showed that he really cared for his best friend and Sierra was much more understanding than she was made out to be in the beginning of the book. There was great character development and realism to these characters. Alex and Brittany really had depth in their characters that you don’t see in the first few chapters, but it’s revealed as you read more into their story.

I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about this book going into it, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it. It’s not like a lot of the YA romance novels you see today (but also consider it was first published in 2008) and it was quite refreshing to read a raw story like Alex and Brittany’s. ( )
  genieinanovel | Sep 15, 2020 |
Perfect Chemistry is THE PERFECT novel for teens and young adults today. It shows the life of high school students today and what could possibly be going on in the minds of high schoolers. Both genders. Although some of this stuff in this novel are exaggerated or something that you can't really believe a senior student would go through. Overall... this book really does make you believe in love. As a person who doesn't like the word 'love' or the mere IDEA of it, this story really brings a new meaning of love in my dictionary. ( )
  Jenica890 | Mar 5, 2020 |
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3.5 out of 5 stars! This story is kinda like "West Side Story" since you have the gangs (even though Brittany or her family isn't involved in one themselves) and the romance where everything is set up against them. I like that the book is written from both view points of the main characters! I wasn't sure I was going to like this book, mostly because I saw the author video for it (which is below) and the Brittany character was portrayed as a really flighty person, however once I started reading the book I feel in love with the main characters! They had more depth then I expected (because of the video) and I started routing for them immediately! =0)

Check out my review and a teaser here: https://frommetoyouvideophoto.blogspot...
 

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