Library Loot is a weekly blog event that I recently joined that encourages bloggers to share what books they borrowed from the library that week. To participate, simply make your Library Loot post on your blog and link it using the Mr. Linky link at Marg's blog Reading Adventures or Eva's blog A Striped Armchair.
After reading some recommendations for Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles online, I searched for it on my library's online catalog a week or so and was delighted to see that my library actually had it--only it was out. On Monday afternoon, though, I got a call from the library informing me it was returned. I checked it out on Monday evening around 8 pm, started reading it as soon as I got home and finished it the following morning. Simply put, Perfect Chemistry is a contemporary version of West Side Story meets The Outsiders with a happy ending. Knowing it was just the kind of book to appeal to my teenage daughter, I suggested she read it. She read the back of the book and said, "Wow. This sounds really good!" She opened the book, flipped through a few pages, and was excited to see the chapters alternating between the female and male protagonists first person point of view. She promptly started reading and finished the following morning. So after having only been in our house for 36 hours, Perfect Chemistry was devoured by two happy readers.