Updated: Aug 26
Times Read: 1
Excerpt: 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.
My Rambles: At first I really thought I was going to hate it. Normally this kind of mundane scenario isn't my jam but once I got past chapter three or so I couldn't stop reading. I honestly think my favorite character was their chem teacher. The descriptions of the side characters was so vague I don't have any real idea of what they look like. I also expected the ex girlfriend to be more of a problem (I watch way too many Kdramas lol). I also anticipated Darlene and Colin to have been messing around instead of him being with a stranger. I know that those would be super cliché (especially since I was expecting it) but without it there wasn't enough tension. But he was shot, but Paco died, but this- still not enough tension. And even though you knew how bad they wanted each other you couldn't feel that need. Which is odd considering its a first person pov. I read it because a friend asked me to, it's one of their favorites so I gave it a shot.
I doubt I'll read it again and I'll end up contemplating for a while if I want to read the other two in the series. But overall it wasn't terrible.