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!
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.
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Posted on 22/02/2013, in Books, Young Adult Fiction, Young Adult Romance, Young Adult Suspense and tagged Simone Elkeles, Young Adult, Young Adult Fiction, Young Adult Romance. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.