Thursday, October 24, 2013

Student Recommendation: PERFECT CHEMISTRY by Simone Elkeles

I'm excited to share this student recommendation/book response with you today. For one thing, it's a book I loved that has always been very popular with my students - once one reads it, it gets passed hand-to-hand through the rest. For another, I was so impressed with some of the thoughts Jessica, a seventh-grader, had about this book and the way in which she expressed them. She was happy when I asked to post it on my blog since it is one of her favorite books.

Author: Simone Elkeles
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
Release Date: December 23, 2008
Number of Pages: 357

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.
Simone Elkeles’ Perfect Chemistry is a story of suspenseful events and romantic chemistry. When the main character, Alex, is faced with a choice to leave for love or stay for power, the decision determines his whole future and even affects the lives of others. My opinion is that it was an awesome book; it had so much detail and was so descriptive. Every part, every paragraph, and every chapter felt like I was living the book. I really had strong feelings about this book because some of the events in the book I’d compare to real life situations that I know of or I went through. I loved this novel so much I’ve even read the rest of the books, Rules of Attraction and Chain Reaction, too. I’d recommend this novel for very mature people who love a page-turner (‘because this book is!) You won’t be able to put this book down once you start; every person that I know who has read this book said they loved it and never wanted to put it down. Guaranteed you’ll love this bestseller.

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