Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Release Date: 12/23/2008
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
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THIS REVIEW DOES CONTAIN SOME SPOILERS!!
About the Book: Brittany and Alex are opposites. Brittany is a rich girl, Alex is a gang member. Brittany makes sure her life appears perfect, Alex tries to keep up a tough guy image. When the two are assigned to be chemistry partners, their lives collide and personalities clash. But as they learn more about each other they realize their lives aren't so different and that the chemistry they share can't be denied.
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: This is one hot book! I had read lots of great reviews about this one, had my teens tell me how good it was, but it wasn't until I saw there was a sequel coming out that I knew I had to hurry up and read this one. I tore through it. If you ever find yourself in a reading slump, pick up Perfect Chemistry and it'll pull you right in.
We got rid of our romance genre in young adult in my library, but if we still had it, this book would be a perfect fit. This is a typical romance-they dislike each other, they start to like each other, there's miscommunication, and SPOILER a happy ending. Sure, it's somewhat predictable and parts of it were a little corny, but I ate it up anyway.
I wasn't sure I would like Brittany-or Alex for that matter. From the description they seemed like characters I would find obnoxious. But from the start I loved them both. I felt sorry for Brittany and she wasn't the rich girl snob I thought she'd be. Alex was a bad boy, but not so much a bad boy because he wanted to be, but because that was what life had handed him. I really liked this spin on the stereotypes.
I also really liked the alternating chapters from Alex and Brittany's point of view. Sometimes when I read books like that I find myself checking pages to see when the character I like will be appearing again. But I enjoyed both Alex and Brittany and they were great together as well as on their own.
There were some things about their relationship I didn't like-SPOILERS I really didn't like how Brittany went to the garage to seduce Alex. I thought that was a dumb way to try and get him back. I don't know-just didn't work for me. Also, the epilogue was corny, but I almost didn't care. It was exactly like something my sister always wished for in movies-she didn't just want a happy ending, she wanted the whole rest of the story. I'm hoping she'll pick this book up just because I know she'll get a kick out the ending!
The romance is hot, the characters are great, and it's a fast fun read. There is a lot of language-Alex is in a gang, and there are sexual situations-Alex and Brittany are seniors in high school so this isn't a light clean romance. For readers who want a great romance with lots of swoon worthy moments give Perfect Chemistry a try. I'm looking forward to Rules of Attraction just so I can visit with Brittany and Alex once again.
Full Disclosure: Reviewed from personal library copy (I bought it at Borders)
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