For this week’s reading, I did a little searching for a diverse book. I stumbled across one called Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles! It just so happened to also fall into my teenage love story category as well. Two birds with one stone.
Brittany Ellis has a seemingly perfect life. She has money, a nice car, cheerleading, the football boyfriend, the whole nine yards. Alex Fuentes is the bad boy, motorcycle riding, gang member from the bad side of town. The two of them are forced to be chemistry partners in class and they are both miserable.
Being forced to spend so much time together, they begin to get to know each other really well and eventually can no longer deny that they have feelings for each other, but Brittany has a reputation to uphold and Alex lives a dangerous life due to his gang activity. The two of them try to be together, but everything keeps pulling them apart, especially their backgrounds.
I really liked this book. I remember a lot of the girls reading it in high school, but I never looked at it twice. Simone Elkeles incorporated a lot of Mexican heritage and tradition into the book as well as what life is really like for kids who are forced to be part of a gang to protect their families. This was really eye opening as well as intriguing. I literally could not put the book down. It was a great read and I highly recommend it. Oh! and it is part of a series!!