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Perfect Chemistry (Perfect Chemistry, #1)

Title

Perfect Chemistry (Perfect Chemistry, #1)

Authors

Simon Elkeles

Publisher

Walker

Publication Year

2010

ISBN

9780802720993

Pages

368 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

When wealthy, seemingly perfect Brittany and Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, develop a relationship after Alex discovers that Brittany is not exactly who she seems to be, they must face the disapproval of their schoolmates--and others.

Grade Level

9-12

Topic

Family Relationships; Racial Diversity; Single parent; Family member death; Interracial; single mother; death of a father; interracial relationship

Main Character

boy and girl

Race/Ethnicities

Mexican American / White

Family Formation

mother and father single mother

Awards

YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2012 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, 2010 Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award, 2011
Nominee Pennsylvania Young Readers' Choice Award, 2010-2011
Nominee Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award, 2011-2012
Nominee Kentucky Bluegrass Award, 2010
Nominee Young Adult Reading Program, 2010-2011
Nominee RITA Award, 2010, Winner, Division II Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award, 2011, 2nd Place Pennsylvania Young Readers' Choice Award, 2010, Winner, Young Adult Young Adult Reading Program, 2010, Runner Up, High School

Keywords

social class; dating; gangs; dysfunctional families; family problems; high school

Diversity Impact

indirect

Perfect Chemistry (Perfect Chemistry, #1)

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