Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Booty Tuesday --Simone Elkeles' Perfect Chemistry

Carrying home booty
As you know, I returned from the RWA National Conference last August with Booty!
But this is not a book from RWA National.

This is a book from COFW, 
which is the Central Ohio Fiction Writers where I was over the weekend giving a loooong talk to everybody about POV and a shorter but still, to some, interminable, talk about plotting.

(I am going to recommend the COFW conference to everyone.  It was great fun and right sized and the workshops looked scrumptious.) 

Anyhow.  This week we get to the first of the books I snagged at COFW.  Next week, the other.
Did I mention they are signed?

This week you may win Simone Elkeles YA Romance, Perfect Chemistry.
Let me just say, this book is not for the faint of heart.  
It is gritty.  And tough.  And full of ... High School Students.
(You think vampires are scary?  You have seen, like, nothing.)

From the book:

"Miss Ellis?" Mrs. Peterson says. "It's your turn. Introduce Alex to the class."

"This is Alejandro Fuentes. When he wasn't hanging out on street corners and harassing innocent people this summer, he toured the inside of jails around the city, if you know what I mean. His secret desire is to go to college and become a chemistry teacher, like you, Mrs. Peterson"

Brittany flashes me a triumphant smile, thinking she's won this round.  Guess again, gringa.

"This is Brittany Ellis," I say, all eyes now focused on me. "This summer she went to the mall, bought new clothes so she could expand her wardrobe, and spent her daddy's money on plastic surgery to enhance her, ahem, assets. Her secret desire is to date a Mexicano before she graduates."

Game on . . .

This book has 1592 ratings on B&N, which I didn't even know you could DO.  This means roughly everyone in the world has read it and given it a five-star rating, except possibly you.
This is your chance. 
 To be eligible to win Perfect Chemistry, write and post a poem in the comment thread of this post. 

Use one of the following words from the cover:

Simone, perfect, chemistry, chemical, rules, attraction, reaction, high, school, Chicago, south, north, side, exactly, compatible, element, head, cheerleader, Brittany, Alex, lab, partner, class, explosion, result, teen, love.

Your poem can be a 
(traditional or non-traditional)
Rhymed couplet
blank verse
or any other rhyme or poetry form you fancy.  I am not particular.

I'll pick one lucky commenter (US only, sorry) from the comment trail on Friday.


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  2. I'm thinking rhyme, which means I'll almost certainly be checking this site http://wikirhymer.com/
    for the greatest variety available.
    This is an unpaid endorsement from a frequent user. :)

  3. Okay, I'm horrible at poetry which should show you how much I'd like to win. It took me 24 hours to write this ditty.

    I loves me some vampire-son
    But have to kiss him with my gloves on.
    It started with immediate attraction, ended
    with satisfaction.
    And nigh unto midnight, I'm high
    and sigh, just south of him with my jugula
    beneath his mouth.

    I know, it won't win any poetry contests but it was fun, Jo. Thanks for the challenge.

  4. Hey -- This might be the poetry contest you win. And it's a great prize!

  5. Anonymous5:01 PM

    The rules of attraction haven't changed.
    To need. To want. To give.
    To hope.

  6. Ingredients: A Chemically Reactive Haiku

    They have chemistry
    Between them, a reaction
    Consisting of heart.

  7. Some good verse here! My offering

    High school's the best of times? Foreboding
    prophecy. A time to learn, to think, to grow?
    How can I think when hormones keep exploding?
    Chemical chaos, rarely apropos,
    instills attraction to a golden wonder,
    Titania of a most enchanting class
    while, looking out my navel, I must blunder,
    exposed as me -- a Bottom-headed ass.

  8. And the winner of the signed copy of Simone Elkeles 'Perfect Chemistry' is Livia Quinn. Congratulations. I hope you haven't read it, because you are in for a treat.

    Please get in touch with me and send me your snail address. There's a link at the top of the right-hand column.

  9. I'm excited to read it Jo. It definitely wasn't a win on talent. Some really good poems here.