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.
This book was a very pleasant surprise for me. This actually came when I was losing my faith with the YA books. It was different in a way. Before I read this one, I watched it's trailer first and I must say I almost didn't read it because I think the trailer didn't give the depth of the story justice but then I was intrigued, so I gave it a try and I'm really happy that I did or else I might have missed a really great book.
The characters are written in a way that you'd believe them. The chemistry of the main couple is so good! Their banters are not annoying to read unlike the other YA books I've read, it's done in a fun and witty way that you won't get bored while reading their interactions. It's actually nice to read a YA book that doesn't revolve on being cute. The plot was great and the conflicts in the story are something you know that at times happens in real life. It tackles what most YA book authors do not, and maybe that's why I liked it so much! Simone Elkeles was not afraid to write about issues most authors would be filled with apprehension if they did.
At first I thought that it was just a typical love/hate YA book but then as I read, I found out that it wasn't. I'm so happy to be wrong! It has a depth I did not expect. It's packed with emotions and angst and I loved it! It felt like I didn't waste my time reading this book!