A fresh, urban twist on the classic tale of star-crossed lovers.
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.
This was such an incredible book! I mean, modern day inspiration from Romeo and Juliet with a twist? And in book form? What's not to like? Just the idea of it, makes me happy! And a bonus is, that it's the first of 3 books!
I really enjoyed Brittany and Alex's relationship. It starts off pretty rocky, but hey, they've had different lives, that haven't really intersected till now. And this intersection, it's helping each other learn things about how different lives can be, and details about themselves!
It was pretty hard, that scene, and the follow-ups, of when Alex left the gang he was with. That takes a strength of character to do that, because gangs are usually portrayed as close knit and brothership is important, and leaving means pain, and betrayal, and he knew that, and still he did it. So that's some strength of courage, in Alex!
Really enjoyed this book, and yeah, I hope we get to see these 2 in the next book!
Author: Simone Elkeles
Series: Perfect Chemistry #1
Read: February 3rd, 2012
Reason Why: I wanted to, and it's a Random Read book!
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
Published: December 23rd 2008