Friday, December 23, 2011
I'm a little late to the game on this series as this was published in 2009. To be honest, I wasn't terribly interested at first - I don't read a lot of contemporary YA romance. But there was so much hype around this series that I finally caved. And I am so glad I did! First, the description from goodreads...
"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 had all the elements of a good romance...bad boy from the wrong side of town vs. good girl from the rich side, initial hatred of each other leading to a passionate love...I loved the characters. I loved bad boy Alex...tough, hardened gang member on the outside, but caring, passionate, and smart on the inside. I loved Brittany too. Superficially, she seemed like she would be a rich snob, but she really wasn't. She didn't care about what was expected of her because of her social class. I especially loved her relationship with her disabled sister - and I loved how Alex treated her sister too.
This was a great romance with a very satisfying conclusion, and it was written beautifully. I would recommend it for older YA readers - 15 and older, due to strong language, violence, drug references, and sexuality.
I will definitely be reading the rest of the series!