Here is the summary of the book:
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.
HOT! HOT! Why didn't anybody warn me that it was this HOT! You all ready know i'm not a big fan of contemporary but once in a while I get these gems..... *squeals* some Mexican HOTNESS to perfectly set it off...... *squeals* SO AWESOME.
By no means is the concept or even the plot new. the same thing has been done hundreds of time before, with the love story at the crux of the matter. Go along the lines of 'Romeo & Juliet' and 'West side Story', you will have an inkling as to what it is all about...... Some of you may already be swearing of off it but it won't matter as you finish a few chapters because the continuous flow of the story, Elkeles' use of alternating perspectives and the natural and simple telling will be enough to captivate you and make you only put the book down after you have read, fantasized, squealed and swooned at this unputdownable book.
Brittany Ellis and Alex Fuentes from the core characters for this book. Brittany is the typical high school head cheerleader, the head bitch, the Princess. She is rich, she is perfect and as fated, dates the football captain of her school.... But all that is just the standard camouflage. Raised by a perfectionist mother, Brittany's home life is far from perfect.... Perfect clothes, perfect hair, perfect gait..... Not a toe out of line.... Scratch the surface and you will find that it is all a defense mechanism, perfected after long years of practice.
And then there is Alex. The gang man. Lured into that life with his father's death..... A boy every father would not want their daughters to associate with. A misguided attempt to keep his family away from the deep dark pit of this profession.
You'd have thought, how is the author going to make a gangster like this redeemable..... well she does.... Paired up for a full session as chemistry lab partners, Alex's fellow gang mates bet he can't get it on with her. With the male pride and his trusted motorcycle on the line, he begins his seducing Brittany 101. But what he deduced as touch & go turns out to be more complicated than it first appeared. He expected a perfect girl and a one night stand but finds her to be even more imperfect, more natural taking care of her disabled sister and desperate for love. A match made by the fates.
Simone Elkeles tells of a gutsy tale of hope, of dreams and a swoon worthy and memorable romance. A well written tale of the ruggedly handsome Alex and the pure and imperfect high school princess Brittany. taking along some pretty heavy societal topics along with a captivating love story..... This is one contemporary I highly recommend.
"A captivating love story that has the power of breaking every barriers of society - I RECOMMEND THIS"