What is the tragic story of "Romeo and Juliet"? How are Alex and Brittany like these two star-crossed lovers? In what ways are they different?
Describe the major settings for the novel. Why does Elkeles use the settings she does? What is the time period of the story? How important is the time period to the attitudes and issues of the characters?
Explain the impact of gang life in the early 21st century. Compare and contrast the gang lifestyle in America twenty years ago to gang life in America today. What major changes have occurred--both positive and negative?
Explain the significance of the novel's title--"Perfect Chemistry". Why did Elkeles choose this title? Is there an understood message in the title? Is there another title you can suggest that might be more appropriate?
Create a character study of Alex. What are his physical characteristics? What are his motivations...
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