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Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
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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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  • New York Times Bestselling Series
  • 2013 “Illinois Reads” Reading List
  • 2012 Winner of the Switzerland Bookstar Award
  • 2012 YALSA Popular Paperback for Young Adults
  • 2011-2012 Winner of Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award
  • 2011 Abraham Lincoln Award List
  • 2010 Top Ten YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers
  • 2010 Romance Writers of America RITA award winner for Best Young Adult Romance
  • 2010 Kentucky Bluegrass High School Book Award List
  • 2010-2011 Winner of Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award in the YA division
  • 2010 Winner of Club Romantica’s DAMA award- Best Young Adult Romance in Spanish


Poland: Wydawnictwo
Spain: Versatil
Denmark: Gyldendal
France: Editions La Martiniere
Germany: Bertelsmann Jugenbuch Verlag
Hungary: Konyvmolykepzo
Norway: Gyldendal
Norway: Lydbokforlaget (audio)
The Netherlands: Mouria
Turkey: Artemis
UK: Simon & Schuster UK
Macedonia: Sakam Knigi 
Romania: SC Leda
Vietnam: Thai Uyen Books

“It is amazing how much my students love anything written by Simone Elkeles. At least every other day I have a student asking me if a copy of Perfect Chemistry is available, or if Ruined has been turned in yet. Students who say that reading is boring are devouring these books in a day or two and begging for more just like it. It’s such a blessing to be able to use these books to share the joy of reading with my students.”
• Rachel Altsman, English Teacher, Collegiate School of Memphis, TN

“I put your books in my classroom library and it’s amazing how my female students have responded, particularly to Perfect Chemistry. It’s like crack. Girls who would rather bathe in acid than read go out and buy it and finish it in one day, and then come into my class all flushed and upset because they think they’ll never read anything as good again. It’s almost become like this transcendental rite of passage. In ten years I’ve never seen anything like it.”
• Adam Haynes, English Teacher, Glendale High School, Glendale, CA

“As a high school reading teacher, nothing is more satisfying than seeing a non-reader devour books for the first time in her life.  This happened with not one or two students, but with several, once they discovered Simone Elkeles. Students who never read for pleasure completed each of the Perfect Chemistry novels in days and then moved on to Leaving Paradise and Return to Paradise.  They also recommended the books to their friends, which meant our school librarian had to order more copies! They were excited about reading. What’s better than that? Thank you, Simone Elkeles!”
• Cindy Rodriguez, Reading Specialist, Hall High School, West Hartford, CT

“As a HS English teacher a sign of a good book is its inability to stay on the shelf. Such is the case with the Perfect Chemistry series. My “book movers” keep this series moving! I love to witness the transformation of my students into readers. Thank you, Simone, for your dedication to your craft.”
• Cathy Blackler, English Teacher, Santana High School, Rowland Heights, CA

“I loved this book. Two teens from two different lifestyles never should have liked each other, much less fallen in love, but they do and it’s a beautiful thing to watch unfold.”
• Gena Showalter, NYT bestselling author of Intertwined

“I loved the story, loved the romance, and grew to love the characters …and loved every minute I spent reading this book (and I really could not put it down).”
• Jocelyn, Teen Book Review

“Elkeles pens plenty of tasteful, hot scenes…that keep the pages turning. The author definitely knows how to write romance.”
• Kirkus Reviews

“Elkeles gives it heart by constantly switching points of view from Alex to Brittany to provide dual running commentaries…this is a novel that could be embraced by male and female readers in equal measure.”
• Booklist

“…strong themes of acceptance, diversity, courage, and independence are present, making for a powerful read that boldly faces the consequences of gang life. Elkeles has created a riveting and strong novel with an important and relevant message and a romance hotter than any exothermic reaction.”
• reviewer at The Compulsive Reader

“I freaking loved it. Ate it up with a spoon like it was an ice cream sundae.”
• reviewer at The YA YA YA’s

“Elkeles sure hits her stride in this story of star-crossed lovers. She takes a storyline that could be clichéd and turns it into a gripping tale readers will race through to find out if happily ever after is possible.”
• reviewer, Romantic Times Magazine

“Hello, my name is Carina Fernandez. I am writing this because I want to let you know how great “Perfect Chemistry” was. “Perfect Chemistry” was the first book I’ve ever read in my life. Before, I used to hate reading. I could be considered a troublemaker, I thought I was too cool to read a book until my favorite teacher Ms. Moreno gave me a little paragraph about your book and she made it sound so interesting that I decided to read it. When I read the first two chapters I knew I had to read the whole book. This book made me realize that I was just like Alex – but in a girl version. When I finished the book I wanted to keep reading. I learned so much from “Perfect Chemistry” – I chose to change my life around because I now know that it doesn’t matter if you’re a gangbanger, you can always turn your life around and succeed. After finished “Perfect Chemistry” I’ve been doing so much better in school and have spent less time in the streets. It’s crazy how a book can make someone recognize their wrongs. Now I’m almost done with “Rules of Attraction” – after I’m done with this one I’m going to start “Chain Reaction”. I know that I will continue reading books thanks to this series.”
• Carina Fernandez, student, San Jose, CA

“The reason why I read the book was because my teacher assigned it to us our freshman year. I don’t really read books but this book sounded interesting. It sounded interesting because it had characters I could relate to. The way the Fuentes brothers live is the way many of those in our community live – it was relatable. It was also nice to see that everything turned out good in the end.”
• C. Santos, student, San Jose, CA

“I love these books. I started reading the first one my freshman year and continued reading the series my sophomore year. I have to say that I really like all of the Fuentes brothers. It was also nice finally being able to read a cool book where the characters spoke the same language I did. I can’t stop reading. I started “Chain Reaction” not too long ago and I’m getting in trouble all of the time in classes because the teachers catch me reading it. I read it on the bus on my way to school, during lunch, and at home. People have started asking my teacher what she did to make me into such a reader. She introduced this book to me. If only the Fuentes brothers were real!”
• Amairani, student, San Jose, CA


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