Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles
When Carlos Fuentes returns to America after living in Mexico for a year, he doesn’t want any part of the life his older brother, Alex, has laid out for him at a high school in Colorado. Carlos likes living his life on the edge and wants to 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 in a dangerous situation. When Carlos meets Kiara, wholesome and quiet “good girl,” he’s shocked by the feelings he develops for her. Kiara is nothing like the girls Carlos usually falls for, but they both soon discover that in matters of the heart, the rules of attraction overpower the social differences that conspire to keep them apart.
The pictures below are from the book trailers for the series – so, the actors are the ‘real’ characters!
It’s always a worry when you love a first book in a series, because you’re left wondering whether subsequent books could ever hold up against it. This is the second book in the Perfect Chemistry series – about three Mexican brothers whose dead father’s legacy has meant they’ve all been dragged into gang warfare – and it’s a very, very decent follow-up.
One thing I liked about the first book in the series was that it smashed through a lot of stereotypes. This second book brings us back to the oh-so popular nerdy girl the bad boy falls for stereotype, so I didn’t quite like the relationship between Carlos and Kiara as much. No doubt Kiara is going to appeal to younger readers, however.
The plot of this one follows quite closely along the successful lines of the first book, so you might not want to read them back-to-back. Carlos is a funny guy when his world isn’t crumbling around him and Kiara is fantastic in that she just does not care what the popular people think of her.
Simone Elkeles is totally in love with cheesy epilogues, and this one is possibly twice as cheesy as the epilogue in the first book. I dislike reading about YA characters having children, and the book would be just as good if you finished a few pages earlier!
This is a fun series, with bad boys done right.
Posted on 23/05/2013, in Books, Young Adult Fiction, Young Adult Issues, Young Adult Romance, Young Adult Suspense and tagged Books, Simone Elkeles, Young Adult, Young Adult Fiction, Young Adult Romance. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.