Simone Elkeles’ Perfect Chemistry Series

This is one of my favourite Young Adult series, and I finally finished it this week. Dealing with three Mexican brothers who had no choice but to get caught up in gangs and drug dealing, each book is a self-contained YA romance-romantic suspense, but I think the series is best read in order (the first is definitely my favourite!).

Well-written as well as smashing right on through most of the stereotypes many YA books these days are obsessed with, I’d recommend these even to reluctant YA readers.

The only things I’m not crazy about are the supremely cheesy epilogues (in fact, I’d recommend skipping them completely!), and the fact there’re far too many “dumb blonde” references. The second issue is often enough to make me DNF a book – it’s extremely sexist, incorrect and nasty. It says something about the quality of the author’s writing that I’m able to overlook it here!

Perfect Chemistry

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

A modern tale of star-crossed lovers with a fresh urban twist.
At Fairfield High School, on the outskirts of Chicago , everyone knows that south-siders mixing with north-siders can be explosive.  So when Brittany Ellis and Alejandro “Alex” Fuentes are forced to be lab partners in chemistry class, this human experiment leads to unexpected revelations – that Brittany ’s flawless reputation is a cover for her troubled home life, that Alex’s bad-boy persona  hides his desire to break free from gang ties, and that when they’re together, life somehow makes more sense.  Breaking through the stereotypes and expectations that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart, Perfect Chemistry takes readers to both sides of the tracks in a passionate love story about looking beneath the surface.

Rules of Attraction

Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles

When Carlos Fuentes returns to America after living in Mexico for a year, he doesn’t want any part of the life his older brother, Alex, has laid out for him at a high school in Colorado. Carlos likes living his life on the edge and wants to carve his own path—just like Alex did. Unfortunately, his ties to a Mexican gang aren’t easy to break and he soon finds himself in a dangerous situation.  When Carlos meets Kiara, wholesome and quiet “good girl,” he’s shocked by the feelings he develops for her.  Kiara is nothing like the girls Carlos usually falls for, but they both soon discover that in matters of the heart, the rules of attraction overpower the social differences that conspire to keep them apart.

Chain Reaction

Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles

Luis Fuentes has always been sheltered from the gang violence that nearly destroyed his brothers’ lives. But that didn’t stop him from taking risks — whether he’s scaling a mountain in the Rockies or dreaming of a future as an astronaut, Luis can’t stop looking for the next thrill. Nikki Cruz lives her life by three rules — boys lie to get their way, don’t trust a boy who says “I love you,” and never date a boy from the south side of Fairfield. Her parents may be from Mexico, but as a doctor’s daughter, she has more in common with her north-side neighbours than the Latino Blood at her school. Then she meets Luis at Alex’s wedding, and suddenly, she’s tempted to break all her rules. Getting Nikki to take a chance on a south sider is Luis’s biggest challenge, until he finds himself targeted by Chuy Soto, the new head of the Latino Blood. When Chuy reveals a disturbing secret about Luis’s family, the youngest Fuentes finds himself questioning everything he’s ever believed to be true. Will his feelings for Nikki be enough to stop Luis from entering a dark and violent world and permanently living on the edge?
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Posted on 22/02/2013, in Books, Young Adult Fiction, Young Adult Romance, Young Adult Suspense and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I want to read Perfect Chemistry so badly now! It looks amazing 😀

  1. Pingback: Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles | Natalia Heaney

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