Friday, August 2, 2013

Review: Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

Series:                             Perfect Chemistry Trilogy
Published By:                   Walker Books for Young Readers
Published On:                   December 23, 2008
Page Count:                     368
Formats I Will Review:     E Book on Kindle, Audio Book

Rating:                            One Star


     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

My Thoughts:

     The writing was fundamentally solid but the characters where so cliché and the plot so predictable that I wanted to put it down as soon as I picked it up. Don’t get me wrong there where some funny moments but not enough to keep me interested for three hundred some odd pages. There were times I felt like the book was cross between a crewed Dora the Explorer and a lame after school special. Before anyone points it out; yes, I am very well aware that after school specials no longer exist and furthermore that most people reading this review won’t even know what an after school special is. It is for those people that I will explain that an “after school special” were TV shows back in the day that would air; wait for it… after school Now the shows where met to be informative and educational but turned out being dumbed down, cheesy life time movies for kids. Granted the subject matter was not cheesy on the contrary the subjects where very relevant but the means of delivery or execution of message delivery was frustratingly stupid. Much like this book.

     (Audio Book) As for the narrators they were very poorly cast; the female narrator annoyed me and the male just sounds middle aged. The only redeeming factor is that they both spoke Spanish very well. I have a creeping suspicion those where the only requirements needed to get the gig.

     If you’re in the mood good a good contemporary teen book try Pushing the Limits, I laughed, I cried and I loved the characters. I know that tons of people love this book but I cannot in all honesty recommend this book,I will most likely never read or listen to this book again.

You Might Want To Try This Instead:

Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits, #1)
Pushing The Limits
By Katie McGarry
If you have had a chance to read this book or plan on reading it, leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you. Also if you have any book recommendations let me know, I’m always on the lookout for a good book.

So until next time,
Cara (^_^)

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