Author: Simone Elkeles
Publisher: Walker Books
Publication Date: December 23, 2008
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.
Review: I absolutely loved this book! I'm a huge fan of Simone Elkeles! It is such a great story about struggling with real life problems and falling in love! I really enjoyed Alex's story. I loved how Brittany (I like her name, lol) & Alex's love story began all because they got stuck being partners in chemistry. Ok, first off I wanna start with Alex. It sucked that he had to be in a gang to protect his family! I cant even begin to imagine having to do that. Now, Brittany. Omg! Despite Alex being such a jerk to her in the beginning I was always rooting for him to win her over (and for her to let him, lol). I seriously despised Colin! He was such a JERK (substitute word for the word I really wanna use, Lol!) to her and it seemed like all he wanted to do was get in her pants. I wish they would have broken up sooner than they actually did!
Even though Alex getting with Brittany in the first place was based on a bet I was always hoping that his real feelings would surface! It made my heart melt when they got closer and let their true feelings for each other show! I also loved how protective Alex was of Brittany! I was absolutely devastated when Alex got shot and then they broke up! I was literally shouting NOOO!!! (Then I had a massive pouty face). I was amazed at the fact that Alex when through all the pain at the end to get jumped out of the gang just so he could do something good with his life (and for Brittany). I was so happy at the ending though when they got to be happy together again! :D