Book Review: Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles


Book: Perfect Chemistry

Author: Simone Elkeles

Plot : poor and gangster member aka our male lead starts dating our female lead who is a rich and high society Good girl

genre: teenage romance

Rating : 3.5/5



At first when I saw the book, my reaction was Are you kidding me? Do I look that desperate to read a book that has a couple making out on its cover? ” but when one of my friends started reading it and could not help controlling her giggles and smiles, I braved myself to actually read the book and ironically breaking dawn would be more sensual compared to this. And I have been victim to unsuspecting books that came up with such explicit scenes, compared to which Perfect chemistry looked like a book of nursery rhymes. The author uses two point of views to narrate the story both from the male lead’s and female lead’s eyes. (WHY? WHY DID YOU DO THAT?)

Our male lead is supposed to be this macho, Mexican hot gangster who according to the author has bad boy written all over him but unfortunately when she writes down the book, our male character is more weepy and emotional than the girl itself and the only time you ever feel that the narration is now taking place from the boy’s point of view is when there is the “F” word used as prepositions and have lines explicit about girls which according to author’s perception is what a male character is all about (really, have you ever talked to a guy and understood how they think).There is a particular scene where our female character and her existing boyfriend ends up in a heated argument and next thing you know that the boyfriend is weeping while our female character is consoling him (REALLY !!!). I swear my eyes went blurry with tears not because of the emotions but for the fact that the author raped the male characters in the book so badly.

The female narration is one of the best parts of the book and as soon as the male point of view comes, you feel like beating yourself with the book. Reason? Imagine a muscled, biker dude weeping perhaps that will paint a picture for you. The book would have been good if the author had not acted upon her idea of incorporating the story from a male point of view.

If you brave the crying biker boy then the book has a very interesting plot and narration that may come with the hazard of hair pulling but eventually will give a nice reading experience.


 WARNING: this is my first attempt at being a funny reviewer..Approach with caution

you could also check out my sober review on Goodreads

Some of the Good lines from the book

Miss Ellis?” Mrs. Perterson says. “It’s your turn. Introduce Alex to the class”

“This is Alejandro Fuentes. When he wasn’t hanging out on street corners and harrassing innocent people this summer, he toured the inside of jails around the city, if you know what i mean. His secret desire is to go to college and become a chemistry teacher, like you Mrs. Peterson.”

Brittney flashed me a triumpnet smile, thinking she won this round. Guess again, gringa. “This is Brittney Ellis,” I say, all eyes focused on me. “This summer she went to the mall, bought new clothes to extend her wardrobe, and spent her daddy’s money on plastic surgery to enhance her, ahem, assets. Her secret desire is to date a Mexicano before she graduates.”

Game on…”

There’s a thin line between love and hate. Maybe you’re confusing your emotions

 We’re actors in our lives, pretendin’ to be who we want people to think we are

What’s the use in having a reputation if you can’t ruin it every now and then?