Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

Summary: 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.

Review: I heard a lot of really good things about Simone Elkele's books and now I can see why. She allows you to see her characters at their best and at their worst making them very vulnerable. The story was very good, and sad. I thought I had the end figured out, but she screwed with me. Even though it made me sad this was still a really good book that I think everyone needs to check out.

The characters were easy to love and easy to hate all at once. My favorite character was probably Paco. He's a really good friend to Alex, and he accepts Brittany even when the other gangsters probably didn't. After finishing this book I'm super ready to read Rules of Attraction. I just need to buy it first.