I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.
This book is about a teenage boy called Alejandro (aka Alex), who is in a gang called Latino Blood. Then there is a rich girl, Brittany, with everything ‘perfect’ in her life, except when term starts and her Chemistry partner for the year is none other than Alex.
We readers get to journey through both of these people’s lives who are diversely different. One poor, Mexican, gang member, living life on the edge, never knowing which day could be his last. One rich, seemingly perfect girl, with a gorgeous appearance and flashy car, having her future mapped out for her.
Then their lives clash, and they have to make conversation and complete this project together. We watch them quarrel, play tricks on one another, then begin to develop a friendship before they both become confused about what they want from one another. By then they are too far wrapped into each others worlds that they cannot turn back.
I like the idea that our lives can be completely turned upside down, or become better depending on the people we meet in our lives.
The start of this book feels out of place and I didn’t think I would enjoy reading it at all. However, the author seems to find her flow and the book magically became appealing and exciting.
Unfortunately, I feel like I didn’t believe any of the story could actually happen, yet I still enjoyed the book. I’m looking forward to the 2nd book of the series so I would only recommend this book to those of you who enjoy books about gangs and cross cultural encounters. I love my bad boys and excitement in life, so well done Simone Elkeles for the fun read.