My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A fresh, urban twist on the classic tale of star-crossed lovers.
When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created “perfect” life is about to unravel before her eyes. She’s forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she's worked so hard for—her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect. Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems, and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much more. In a passionate story about looking beneath the surface, Simone Elkeles breaks through the stereotypes and barriers that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart
The plot of this book is a mixture of Romeo & Juliet with a little Taming of the Shrew thrown in. The reviews of this one have been good so I had to find out if it was really THAT good.
Its enough to say YES! It IS! I loved the chemistry between the two main characters (pardon the pun). I thought the writing was beautiful, fitting and poignant throughout the book. I particularly liked the spanish thrown in to emphasis moods and emotions. It didn't matter if you didn't understand half of it (I googled some!) but you could tell when the atmosphere of a conversation was about to change for good or bad.
The main characters are completely open and easy to imagine with their own situations and demons they have to face while growing up in very different circumstances. One minute you feel your heart warms to them and the next, well, a spanner gets thrown in the works, and you just can't believe things won't go right, I mean, give them a break!
I enjoyed the whole book. There wasn't any part I didn't like. The only reason I didn't give it a 5 star was because the end finished too quickly and skipped several months which I thought could have easily been filled. I don't know whether the Author had gone over her allocated page count but I would have like more.
So, overall, if you like YA romantic then this ones for you!
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