“Miss Ellis?” Mrs. Perterson says. “It’s your turn. Introduce Alex to the class”
“This is Alejandro Fuentes. When he wasn’t hanging out on street corners and harassing innocent people this summer, he toured the inside of jails around the city, if you know what i mean. His secret desire is to go to college and become a chemistry teacher, like you Mrs. Peterson.”
Brittney flashed me a triumphant smile, thinking she won this round. Guess again, gringa. “This is Brittney Ellis,” I say, all eyes focused on me. “This summer she went to the mall, bought new clothes to extend her wardrobe, and spent her daddy’s money on plastic surgery to enhance her, ahem, assets. Her secret desire is to date a Mexicano before she graduates.”
Title- Perfect Chemistry
Author- Simone Elkeles
Publisher- Walker Books
Publish Date- December 23, 2008
I had been hearing so much hype about this book and I decided to check out what everyone was raving about. Now I completely understand and I can start raving too!
Brittany is queen of the school. She is perfect in every way, the perfect boyfriend, the perfect hair, clothes and car. She lives on the north side of town in her perfect house with her perfect family. Alex is in a gang. He is mexican and lives on the south side of town where the gangbangers live and the poor.
The book starts off on the first day of their senior year. Brittany cannot wait to see her boyfriend after the long summer that he spent away and Alex is just hoping he can keep himself out of trouble. A chance meeting in the parking lot starts a whole whirlwind of events, but the kicker is that Brittany’s chem partner has turned out to be Alex and they hate each other!
I really, really enjoyed this book and now understand why everyone else did as well. I enjoyed reading about all the drama unfolding between Alex and Brittany. I loved the alternating points of view! This is a great book for a high school student. It teaches that no matter where you come from or how you look on the outside, you should never judge a book by it’s cover. You may find out that you and your enemy are more alike than you think!