Sunday, July 17, 2011

If You Like Perfect Chemistry, try...

If you are a Perfect Chemistry fan, try these readalikes about finding love in the most unexpected places:

Hundred Oaks series (Miranda Kenneally)
Each book in this series features a different boy and girl from Hundred Oaks High. There are currently five books in the series and a sixth on the way in July 2015. These can be read in any order--all are impossible to put down! I've reviewed the first five here.
You Against Me (Jenny Downham)
Mikey, a poor teen whose sister has just accused another boy of raping her, falls for Ellie, the sister of the boy accused of the rape. Told in alternating perspectives. Read review.
Romiette and Julio (Sharon Draper)
Romiette, an African-American girl, and Julio, a Hispanic boy, discover that they attend the same high school after falling in love on the Internet, but are harassed by a gang whose members object to their interracial dating.
Shadow of the Dragon (Sherry Garland)
High school sophomore Danny Vo tries to resolve the conflict between the values of his Vietnamese refugee family and his new American way of life.
Perfect Chemistry (Simone Elkeles)
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.
Chain Reaction (Simone Elkeles)
Luis Fuentes, a smart, funny young man with dreams of becoming an astronaut, learns some upsetting news about his family that, combined with the influence of his wild new girlfriend, tempt him to let the bad boy inside him loose.
Rules of Attraction (Simone Elkeles)
Living on the University of Colorado-Boulder campus with his older brother Alex, a college student and ex-gang member, high school senior Carlos is not ready to give up his wild ways until he meets a shy classmate named Kiara and becomes unwillingly involved in a drug ring.
Romeo & Juliet & Vampires (Claudia Gabel)
An adaptation of William Shakespeare's classic play, in which Juliet, a vampire-to-be, falls in love with a human, Romeo, without realizing that he belongs to a family of vampire hunters.
The Juliet Club (Suzanne Harper)
When high school junior Kate wins an essay contest that sends her to Verona, Italy, to study Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" over the summer, she meets both American and Italian students and learns not just about Shakespeare, but also about star-crossed lovers--and herself.
Leaving Paradise (Simone Elkeles)
In the year following one fateful night, Caleb Becker spends his time in juvenile detention while Maggie Armstrong spends hers in hospitals and physical therapy, and when the two come face-to-face once more, they must do their best to mend the past and heal their emotional wounds.
Return to Paradise (Simone Elkeles)
Caleb leaves Paradise in an effort to avoid dealing with the aftermath of Maggie's accident, but he and Maggie are reunited when they both join a program for teens affected by reckless driving, and Maggie tries to convince Caleb to return to Paradise and face the truth.
The Summer I Turned Pretty (Jenny Han)
Belly spends the summer she turns sixteen at the beach just like every other summer of her life, but this time things are very different as she finds herself falling for a boy she has known since childhood.
Waiting for You (Susane Colasanti)
Fifteen-year-old high school sophomore Marisa, who has an anxiety disorder, decides that this is the year she will get what she wants--a boyfriend and a social life--but things do not turn out exactly the way she expects them to.
The Wake Trilogy (Lisa McMann)
Ever since she was eight years old, high school student Janie Hannagan has been uncontrollably drawn into other people's dreams, but it is not until she befriends an elderly nursing home patient and becomes involved with an enigmatic fellow-student that she discovers her true power.
Crazy Beautiful (Lauren Baratz-Logstead)
Lucius, whose arms were blown off in an explosion, forms a relationship with Aurora, a young girl whose mother recently died, in hopes that she will be able to help free him from the stigma of being different.
Stargirl (Jerry Spinelli)
At first the students at Arizona's Mica High School are captivated by Stargirl Caraway's unusual, carefree behavior; however, she is soon shunned for everything that makes her unique in this story that pits individuality against conformity.
If You Come Softly (Jacqueline Woodson)
After meeting at their private school in New York, fifteen-year-old Jeremiah, who is black and whose parents are separated, and Ellie, who is white and whose mother has twice abandoned her, fall in love and then try to cope with peoples' reactions.
Fake Boyfriend (Kate Brian)
When Lane and Vivi's best friend Isabelle has her heart broken by her unreliable boyfriend, they decide to save her by inventing a new boy on the internet to ask Isabelle to the prom, but the scheme quickly becomes complicated, and the results surprise them all.
Kissing Kate (Lauren Myracle)
Sixteen-year-old Lissa's relationship with her best friend changes after they kiss at a party and Lissa does not know what to do, until she gets help from an unexpected new friend.
What My Mother Doesn't Know (Sonya Sones)
Sophie describes her relationships with a series of boys as she searches for Mr. Right.
Stoner & Spaz (Ronald Koertge)
A troubled youth with cerebral palsy struggles toward self-acceptance with the help of a drug-addicted young woman.

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