Saturday, December 20, 2008

Perfect Chemistry-Simone Eckeles

Perfect Chemistry
Simone Eckeles
Walker, Dec 23 2009, $16.99
ISBN: 9780802798237

At Chicago suburban Fairfield High School, chemistry teacher Mrs. Peterson makes popular senior cheerleader Brittany Ellis and gangbanger newcomer Alejandro “Alex” Fuentes lab partners. From the opening introduction by each of the other to the class, sparks fly. They detest the other’s lifestyle, but both relish that it is game time.

Alex bets his friends he will own Brittany before the year is out. She, in turn avoids him as she has a perfect reputation going out with the star QB and hiding her less than ideal family from her schoolmates. As they are forced to work together, she realizes he is more than just a hood from the hood and he concludes she is more than a mall rat. Soon rumors fly that they are an entry, which to the shock of each they want to be, but who will risk admitting the truth re their feelings.

This is a heated young adult romance starring two seemingly opposites falling in love. The story line is amusing but also has some hotter than usual scenes including Brittany losing her virginity. Although Alex never comes across as a gangbanger nor do his friends, fans will enjoy the romance between him and Brittany as each learns the other has turf issues and dreams. Together they make PERFECT CHEMISTRY.

Harriet Klausner

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