14.3.11

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles



I was rather disappointed in this high school romance between two kids from different backgrounds. She is white, rich and seemingly perfect, he is Mexican, poor and in a gang. Both however are facing difficult situations in their current lives and have pain and frustration in their hearts.
This sounds like a very interesting premise, but the book didn't actually deliver.

First of all, this book is leaden with stereotypes, which diminished my respect both for the characters and the author.  Also, the pace was really slow, so much so in fact that by the time the romance was beginning to bud between the protagonists, I was beginning to lose my interest.
However, my greatest problem was with the romance between them.
It felt so fake, so contrived and so shallow. 
If you know what I mean, that kind of ruined the whole thing for me. I couldn't believe that they really cared for each other, except in a few instances, which however were soon ruined by their sappy lines afterwards.

I had heard so many good things about this book, so maybe my expectations were too high. I have kept the book in my bookshelf, however. It wasn't horrible, just not all it was cracked up to be. (And I really hated the cover which didn't help at all.)

Rating: 2/5

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2 comments:

Karen, author of "My Funny Dad, Harry" said...

Wow, we sure have a different view of this one. I found it very entertaining! Here's my review if you're interested: http://ourstack.blogspot.com/2011/01/perfect-chemistry-by-simone-elkeles-is.html

alexandra george said...

yes, isn't it cool? different readers, different opinions.... that's what I love about blogging :)