Monday, February 7, 2011

Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles

Rules of Attraction
By Simone Elkeles
April 13, 2010
Walker Books for Young Readers, 336 pages

Carlos Fuentes doesn't want any part of the life his older brother, Alex, has laid out for him in Boulder, Colorado. He wants to keep living on the edge, and carve his own path—just like Alex did. Unfortunately, his ties to a Mexican gang aren't easy to break, and he soon finds himself being set up by a drug lord.

When Alex arranges for Carlos to live with his former professor and his family to keep him from being sent to jail, Carlos feels completely out of place. He's even more thrown by his strong feelings for the professor's daughter, Kiara, who is nothing like the girls he's usually drawn to. But Carlos and Kiara soon discover that in matters of the heart, the rules of attraction overpower the social differences that conspire to keep them apart.

As the danger grows for Carlos, he's shocked to discover that it's this seemingly All-American family who can save him. But is he willing to endanger their safety for a chance at the kind of life he's never even dreamed possible?

— description

Oh, those Fuentes brothers. So tough and gangsta on the outside, all soft and mushy deep down.

This story picks up where Perfect Chemistry left off, with the focus shifting off Alex and Brittany and onto his little brother, Carlos. Those who recently read the first book will enjoy the quick peek into their lives a few years later, but I read Perfect Chemistry so long ago that this aspect wasn't a HUGE deal for me, and they definitely stand alone.

The books have similar plots (Bad boy Latino falls for clean-cut white girl) and vibes (HOT HOT HOT). In Rules of Attraction, though, I didn't love a lot of the plot resolutions, and the gang scenes weren't completely suspenseful.

But I don't really care, because "perfect chemistry" is Simone Elkeles' strong suit. That's what I expect from her books—totally awesome romantic chemistry—and on that front, she definitely delivered here. So yeah, not a life-changing read. But...yeah...HOT.

PS: Chain Reaction, featuring the THIRD Fuentes brother, comes out in May. I'm in!

Anna Reads young adult book blog


  1. I loved this book and I also am so excited about Chain Reactions.

  2. Nice review! I loved Perfect Chemistry, and I just got this one, so I'm excited to read it now :)

  3. Agreed! So hot!! I really like Leaving Paradise/Return to Paradise too :)

  4. Totally agree with this review! Elkeles knows how to deliver hotness :-) Have you read her other series Leaving Paradise & Return to Paradise? It's a bit more on the emotional side, but just as hot! and yes, I am dying to get my hands on Chain Reaction!!!

  5. I don't know if ANYTHING is comparable to the OM NOM of Perfect Chem. But I'll gladly give this book a try, as I do love the Fuenteseseses.

  6. I need to read this one, I just read Perfect Chemistry last year and it definitely left me in love with Elkeles writing. Great review!

  7. Great review!! I really can't wait for Chain Reaction !!

  8. Love this series and I love this author! She has another book out called 'Leaving Paradise' and it's pretty amazing as well.

    I did like 'Perfect Chemistry' better than 'Rules of Attraction', but you are right.. Elkeles does the HOT factor so well!

  9. Surprise, I own Perfect Chemistry but I haven't read it yet. I have a problem.

  10. Yes. I'll admit it too, that Elkeles has got it GOING ON with the chemistry. Ohhh, the chemistry. And while I don't like some other things that went on in PC (yay racial stereotypes!), I may or may not have turned back to the pages of steamfest whilst reading that novel.


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