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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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    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.


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    Elizabeth Sandia, TX, United States 03-22-14
    Elizabeth Sandia, TX, United States 03-22-14 Member Since 2015

    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.

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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!!!!!

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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.


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    Cara Rios 06-17-13
    Cara Rios 06-17-13 Member Since 2013

    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 2013

    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.

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    Katherine Mason, OH, United States 02-28-13
    Katherine Mason, OH, United States 02-28-13 Member Since 2010

    I love to read mysteries, histories, biographies, humor, and Jane Austen.

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    "Better than I expected"

    I'm not sure why I bought this, because I'm not the target audience (I'm in my 50's, but this book is clearly for young adults). That being said, I enjoyed the story quite a bit. The two-narrator presentation was good, although Blas Kisic sounded a little old for the part. The story has some intense scenes that are better for young adults over the age of 16 or 17 - but I also don't think this book would interest kids much younger than that, since it doesn't feature wizards or mythical creatures.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda 02-10-13
    Amanda 02-10-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Enjoying... but not 5 star work~!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I found the book good but its hard to rate something like this after reading Bryce Courtney or Tolken... entertaining but not riveting.


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    Nancy Devault Woodburn, OR United States 01-14-13
    Nancy Devault Woodburn, OR United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Perfect Chemistry!"
    Any additional comments?

    Loved it! I really enjoyed this story of two people overcoming obstacles despite being from different social backgrounds. Love conquers all! Definitely of perfect chemistry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    megan ANN ARBOR, MI, United States 01-08-13
    megan ANN ARBOR, MI, United States 01-08-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Better than I thought it would be"
    Would you listen to Perfect Chemistry again? Why?

    Yes I would, I liked the story. It seems like a predictable plot, but there are twists.


    What other book might you compare Perfect Chemistry to and why?

    Romeo and Juliet I guess. Or any other story of forbidden love.


    Which character – as performed by Roxanne Hernandez and Blas Kisic – was your favorite?

    I liked alex's character the most. Blas Kisic's voice it nice and I found Roxanne's voice a little annoying at first but I got used to it.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Shelly praised Britney for standing up to their parents.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the book much more than I thought I would. Just a warning that there is some harsh language, so if that bothers you, you might be offended in some parts. I loved the idea that the main characters are connected even though they come from completely different worlds.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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