I’ve had this blog for a long time, and I’ve grown and changed a lot during that time. One of the major changes in my life over the last few years is that I became a teacher. So, in an attempt to come up with some features that better fit my current life, I’m going to start spotlighting books my students are loving.
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.
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles. This book came out in 2008, which is almost ten years ago, but the kids LOVE it. I have kids who come into my room, swearing up and down that I will never get them to read a book, and then I can’t get them to stop reading Perfect Chemistry long enough to do my actual class work.
With two copies in my room, I could probably use another. It’s the book that is most frequently borrowed, most frequently reread, and most frequently recommended to other students. I’m surprised neither of my copies have walked off. The best part is that this book is the start of a series, so if I can get a student to try Perfect Chemistry, then I have them hooked for three books.