Ekleles sure hits her stride in this story of star-crossed lovers. She takes a storyline that could be cliched and turns it into a gripping tale readers will race through to find out if happily ever after really is possible.
When popularity queen Brittany and gang member Alex are paired up in chemistry class, sparks fly. Could it be that the sexy bad boy is the answer to the cheerleader's problems at home? As their relationship develops, they have a lot of obstacles to surmount -- including Alex's pledge to his gang. (WALKER, Jan., 368 pp., $9.99, ISBN: 9780802798220, TR, 14 and Up)