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Perfect chemistry
Elkeles, Simone.
Teen Fiction ELKELES

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bookworm123 said:
I LOVED this book! touching, sweet, modern! it has it all and all teen girls should definetly read this book!
posted Dec 1, 2010 at 3:22PM
durazno_jennifer said:
i love this book its amazinq
posted Feb 26, 2011 at 8:04PM
Magnolia said:
This book made me fall in love.
posted Apr 12, 2011 at 11:14PM
Jamiesweet24 said:
I usually don’t read books, but I absolute loved this book and this series. I love her books, her other series is good too. When I finished perfect chemistry series I was very sad!! It made me feel like you can actually find true love no matter how bad your life is!
posted May 5, 2012 at 12:22PM
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Brittany is a high school senior from the wealthy north side of Fairfield. She is captain of the pom squad and her boyfriend is captain of the football team. They are the school’s golden couple. Alex is a gang member hailing from the gritty south side of town. When he was just six years old, he saw his father shot with his own eyes as part of a drug deal gone bad. When fate (in the form of their chemistry teacher, Mrs. Peterson) tosses them together and requires them to become lab partners, neither is pleased. Brittany would rather partner with her boyfriend, while Alex doesn’t see the point in the class at all, seeing as he has no real future anyway. Forced to be in each other’s daily presence, it doesn’t take long for Brittany and Alex to begin seeing beyond their initial assumptions.

While Brittany’s parents are disappointingly and stereotypically cold, aloof and exacting, Elkeles does a commendable job depicting teenagers acting like teenagers -- drinking, swearing, making stupid decisions, having sex, etc. -- without whitewashing the teenage experience or making it politically correct (à la Twilight) . Where she fails in REALLY annoying fashion is in dialogue. Whenever Alex or anyone else from the south side is speaking, the g is dropped off verbs ending in -ing (e.g., walkin’, thinkin’, tryin’). This pattern is so prevalent that it seems like the Elkeles simply ran a find/replace command through her word processor to automatically convert instances of ing to in’, even in places where it sounds ridiculous and unnatural. While it may not win any prestigious literary awards, Perfect Chemistry is both smoldering and unputdownable.
posted Jun 6, 2014 at 11:34AM
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