Title: Perfect Chemistry
Author: Simone Elkeles
Perfect Chemistry #1
Genre: Young Adult
Walker Books for Young Readers
December 23, 2008
Buy the Book: Amazon
I had heard so many good comments about this book and the series, that when I finally had it on my hands I was super excited and happy. "Finally!" I said to myself, and I started reading immediately. But the emotion and the happiness went away after reading some pages.
Don't get me wrong. The main idea is awesome and really different, unique I must say. This is the first YA book I read that talks about this topic. A white american girl with a not so white latino mexican. A rich girl, and a penniless boy, a cheerleader and a gang member. It was awesome, and I really enjoyed the first part of the book, specially when the reader have the opportunity to see that they, Brittany and Alex have more in common than they think. She is not so perfect and he is not so bad.
But that is when I started seeing too many cliches, and some obvious and predictable scenes. Including the ending, with I liked but it was too predictable and too Disney, if you know what I mean. The epilogue was nice, I really enjoyed it and it made me want to read more about that young boy called Paco Fuentes.
Also there were some topics and scenes, that made me think that I was reading an adult book instead of a young adult book. And that surprise me a lot. But it made the book much more credible, because, that is what it happens in real life…
I'm not saying I didn't like this book or that I didn't enjoy it, because I did, but the only problem is that I was waiting for much more, and at the end I finished a little bit disappointed. I didn't like too much the characters, Alex was my favorite, I admit it! But I didn't like Brittany at all, and I hated Brittany's mother… well, I think everybody hates her. : )
This is the first book in the series, and even though I was waiting for more, I will continue with the series to see what happens with the other two Fuentes brothers.