Perfect Chemistry Friday, Oct 22 2010 

Book Title: Perfect Chemistry
Author: Simone Elkeles
Number of Pages: 360
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
Release Date: 1/01/08

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.

Brittany Ellis keeps her facade as a “perfect” girl, so she can feel like she can actually control something in her life. Alex Fuentes is part of a gang, but does he really want that? Brittany and Alex are assigned to be chemistry partners, but will they be able to be civil to one another due to their different social statues? Soon enough, their relationship will certainly begin to brew some actual chemistry between the two.

“Perfect Chemistry” definitely exceeded my expectations! While I picked up this book at the local library, I did not realize that I would be in for more than a modern Romeo and Juliet story. Actually it was a story with depth hidden in the pages. Even though this is a cliche story line, Elkeles managed to twist in some factors that made her book extraordinary and rememberable.

One thing that bothered me about this book was the ending. It definitely gave you the warm, fuzzy feeling. But what if something had happened differently? I personally like to imagine the ending drastically different, but the mass population will enjoy the actual written ending. Not my sadistic ending.

Listening To: Imperfections (Acoustic) by Days Difference
Thinking: oh so tired.


How to Ruin a Summer Vacation Tuesday, Jan 6 2009 

how-to-ruin-a-summer-vacationBook Title: How to Ruin a Summer Vacation
Author: Simone Elkeles
# of pages: 233
Publisher: Flux (October 1, 2006)

Moshav? What’s a moshav? Is it “shopping mall” in Hebrew? I mean, from what Jessica was telling me, Israeli stores have the latest fashions from Europe. That black dress Jessica has is really awesome. I know I’d be selling out if I go with the Sperm Donor to a mall, but I keep thinking about all the great stuff I could bring back home.

Unfortunately for 16-year-old Amy Nelson, “moshav” is not Hebrew for “shopping mall.” Not even close. Think goats, not Gucci.

Going to Israel with her estranged Israeli father is the last thing Amy wants to do this summer. She’s got a serious grudge against her dad, a.k.a. “Sperm Donor,” for showing up so rarely in her life. Now he’s dragging her to a war zone to meet a family she’s never known, where she’ll probably be drafted into the army. At the very least, she’ll be stuck in a house with no AC and only one bathroom for seven people all summer—no best friend, no boyfriend, no shopping, no cell phone…

Goodbye pride—hello Israel.

I randomly picked this book out of the library since I’ve been wanting to read a book by Simone Elkeles since her new book, Perfect Chemistry released.

How to Ruin a Summer Vacation is totally a good read. I couldn’t put this book down especially when… well can’t really tell you but the tragicest most part in the story. I felt like I was Amy, running through all the emotions throughout this book. I love the storyline of the book. You really get to know Amy and her life story and some of Avi’s too. Her biological father, Ron, never seemed to visit a lot, but then bam! he want’s to take her to Israel which seemed a little odd. But you’ll probably get why, sort of throughtout the story.