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Perfect Chemistry | [Simone Elkeles]

Perfect Chemistry

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2008 Simone Elkeles; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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    Leslie Hillsborough, NC, United States 04-21-10
    Leslie Hillsborough, NC, United States 04-21-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Perfect Chemisty has perfect chemistry."

    I wasn't sure if I would like this book. It was recommended to me, so I thought I would take a chance and buy it. Now, I am glad that I did.

    Two diffrent narrators were used to tell the story. And I think that that made the book even better.

    There are some very adult themes in this book, even though it is suppose to be a Young Adult book. Maybe, more like an "Older Young Adult" book. LOL
    Enjoy.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Staaj Ballwin, MO, United States 01-01-12
    Staaj Ballwin, MO, United States 01-01-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Steamy Teenage Romance"

    You can’t see it but I’m fanning myself right now. Perfect Chemistry is super steamy and oh so much fun to read. The chapters alternate narration between Brittany Ellis and Alex Fuentes, giving you each characters perspective. As mentioned in the description, Brittany and Alex are total opposites. At school, Brittany is the popular good girl and Alex is the Latino blood gang member and school bad boy. The two characters are paired together as lab partners in Chemistry class and their differences create friction from the beginning.

    Brittany puts up a facade to her peers that she has the perfect life, but in her opinion it is far from perfect. At home, Brittany’s parents pressure her to keep up appearances by always looking great and keeping up good grades. While her parents are busy nitpicking her, they ignore her special needs sister, whom Brittany cares for deeply.

    Alex is the oldest of three brothers and ever since his father died, from gang violence, he has been the man of the house. Since gang activity is prevalent in his neighborhood, he becomes a member to protect his family. He hopes to keep his two brothers out of the ‘Blood’ by doing everything the gang wants, even though he would love more than anything to be free.

    As they are forced to get to know each other, the lives they try to keep so secret are exposed. They fall hard for each other, but with everything standing in between them can their relationship last?

    I love so many things about this story: the characters, the romance, the social challenges.

    Elkeles wrote a sizzling romance that pulls you in and keeps you turning the page. The characters face real life social conflicts that, in the end, turn them into remarkable people. Alex’s gang experience is very true to life and you feel the difficulty of his situation. Brittany pushes past what her parents want her to be and reaches out to help Alex, in return, she finds out who she really wants to be.

    I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves teenage romance novels.

    For more Perfect Chemistry fun, check out Rules of Attraction (Perfect Chemistry #2).

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    T. Oakley San Diego, CA USA 07-27-11
    T. Oakley San Diego, CA USA 07-27-11 Listener Since 2010
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    "Dating should be fun"

    I loved this story. You have the bad boy Alex who belongs to a gang and the beautiful stressed-out blond Brittany, both trying to fight their growing feelings for each other, and not having much luck. There were some real sweet and touching scenes, but not too corny. I thought the narrators did a wonderful job, and Blas Kisic had a very sexy accent, but I did find that he sounded older than 18, well at least that way I didn???t feel like I was robbing the cradle.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jacqueline Franklin, WI, USA 02-23-10
    Jacqueline Franklin, WI, USA 02-23-10
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    "Romance lover"

    I loved this book and wanted to see what Audible was all about. This book went back and forth between 2 protagonist in the story and the narrators did a great job, but if they would have interacted with each other in the chapters it would have been really great. Each narrator changed their voice to match the other protagonist which I did not like.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Monique Killeen, TX, United States 04-13-14
    Monique Killeen, TX, United States 04-13-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Good Story"
    What made the experience of listening to Perfect Chemistry the most enjoyable?

    I liked how real they seemed. The accents and the whiny teenage girls were pretty accurate.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Paco was one of my favorite characters, he was loyal and he made me laugh out loud several times.


    What aspect of Roxanne Hernandez and Blas Kisic ’s performance would you have changed?

    I didn't like how whiny Roxanne made Brit if I'm being honest. I think it fit her character but it was honestly annoying at times.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    At times yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Sandia, TX, United States 03-22-14
    Elizabeth Sandia, TX, United States 03-22-14 Member Since 2012

    I just Love the Allure of a Great Romance...a Pair of Rose Colored Glasses...some Fine Wine, and a Subscription to Audible...

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    "“Grease” Meets “West Side Story”"

    Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles is the first book in the Perfect Chemistry Series, as well as the first book by Simone Elkeles that I have read/listened. Although it received an overall rating of 3 stars from me, the narration, performed well by Roxanne Hernandez and Blas Kisic, received 4 stars.

    The Perfect Chemistry series is targeted toward teen’s ages 13 & up, and I can see howt it would hold more appeal for them. The bad boy meets good girl is classic in Romance Novels, and I am definitely a fan. But, while I, (at my age – ugh) certainly realize that this is fiction and not meant to be a taken as biographical, the ending is not at all probable. I might not object to my teen reading this, but I would certainly want to know what he or she were reading so that I might be able to shed some light on the plausible reality of the outcome of such a relationship. Don’t get me wrong, I have read hundreds of romance novels, and love them…13 just seems young.

    Fairly good story, but sadly, I do not recommend as credit worthy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tay Langhorne, PA, United States 02-06-14
    Tay Langhorne, PA, United States 02-06-14
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    "Best Book Ever!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Perfect Chemistry to be better than the print version?

    I thought the audio version was better than print. they made the characters real and made me see how they can make them into real life character's


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alex. Alex was just an amazing person he cared about Brittney and made Brittney fall for him when she didn't want to but ended out to be the right chemicals put together.


    Have you listened to any of Roxanne Hernandez and Blas Kisic ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've never but this was my first it was amazing how they brought the character's to live and made me imagined what they were like I even dreamt them together.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, It made me cry, laugh, scream with excitement and kept me from putting it down. I give a thousand stars to whoever made the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I think you should give this book a try its steamy, hot. a lot of romance and tough love. its a great book!!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chloe Carmel, IN, United States 02-05-14
    Chloe Carmel, IN, United States 02-05-14
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    What did you like best about Perfect Chemistry? What did you like least?

    I wanted to like this book, but unfortunately it was cliché and poorly written--it was very choppy and at times seemed as if it was written by a twelve year old that tried to compromise for their poor writing by overusing words like "fucking", "shit", etc.


    What was most disappointing about Simone Elkeles’s story?

    Didn't feel at all connected with the characters.


    What didn’t you like about Roxanne Hernandez and Blas Kisic ’s performance?

    Roxanne Hernandez sounded like a slightly past middle-aged woman trying to sound like a teenager. It's laughable. Blas Kisic's voice also sounded too old for the character he was narrating for. Both voices really annoyed me.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cara Rios Bronx, NY USA 06-17-13
    Cara Rios Bronx, NY USA 06-17-13

    Cara Rios

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    "Disappointed"
    Any additional comments?

    I have to admit I allowed myself to get caught up by the hype, unfortunately that is all it was, HYPE. Overall the actual writing flowed but that’s as positive as I can get. The plot was and characters were cliché and agonizingly predictable.

    As far as the narration is concerned I thought the Roxanne Hernandez and Blas Kisic did not fit the characters they were voicing causing the narration to fall flat. The only silver lining is that they both spoke Spanish very well; I have a sneaking suspicion that’s the only requirement they need to fill in order to qualify for this gig. Roxanne Hernandez has a very adult voice for the teenager she was portraying, to mask this she seemed to put on an annoying voice, as for Blas Kisic he has a middle age man’s voice and was completely unapologetic about it which throw me off since the character he voiced was eighteen.

    I really wanted to like this book but I cannot say I will ever re-read this or much less recommend it to anyone.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole Brighton, MI, United States 04-14-13
    Nicole Brighton, MI, United States 04-14-13 Member Since 2011

    Love Mystery and Romance Love it even better when they are all wrapped up into one story.

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    "The first and the best"

    I love this book. I love the bad boy Alex and Brittney's romance, it goes to show you that you never know who is right for you. I was older when I listen to this (did it to see if it was a good book for a younger cousin) and I felt it was good for a high level high schooler which is what the age of the characters are and above because I've been out of high school for a while and still loved it! It follows true problems, how to be yourself and not what others except of you, the troubles with parents and a disabled sister, also when/who to give "it" to.
    I love the two sided narration of the book and how Elkeles wrote it both view points of the characters makes it very enjoyable. Female narrator I didn't like as much which is why I gave the performance a 2 out of 5.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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