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“Perfect Chemistry” by Simone Elkeles

Perfect Chemistry is a young adult novel by Simone Elkeles that follows the story of two high school seniors who come from vastly different backgrounds: the wealthy and popular Brittany and the gang-member-turned-student-athlete, Alex.

The book is a classic love story with dramatic obstacles as the two try to make their relationship work despite their conflicting lifestyles.


The book starts off with Alex moving to a new neighborhood in order to escape his gang-filled past. He enrolls at a nearby high school and is immediately drawn to the beautiful and popular Brittany.

Despite their differences, the two begin to form a strong connection and eventually fall in love.

However, their relationship is constantly tested by the obstacles in their way. From Alex’s gang-filled past to Brittany’s wealthy and overbearing father, the two must find a way to make their relationship work despite the odds.


The two protagonists, Alex and Brittany, are both compelling and complex characters. Alex is an ambitious and determined young man who wants to make something of himself, but is held back by his past.

Brittany is a strong-willed and determined young woman who is struggling to find her identity in the shadow of her overbearing father.

The supporting characters are also well-developed and add to the overall story. Alex’s brother Carlos is a loyal friend and provides comic relief with his smart-aleck remarks.

Brittany’s father is a powerful figure who is determined to keep his daughter away from Alex.


Simone Elkeles is a master of writing young adult novels. Her writing style is engaging and easy to read. She uses a perfect balance of dialogue and description to create a vivid and realistic story.


Perfect Chemistry is a classic young adult novel that follows the story of two high school seniors as they try to make their relationship work. It is an engaging read with well-developed characters and a compelling plot.

With its captivating style and heartfelt story, Perfect Chemistry is sure to be a hit with readers of all ages.

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