Book Review - Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles

Friday May 7, 2010

Rules of Attraction
by Simone Elkeles
April 27, 2010
Walker & Co. (Bloomsbury)
GoodReads Summary: 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.

Then he meets Kiara Westford. She doesn’t talk much and is completely intimidated by Carlos’ wild ways. As they get to know one another, Carlos assumes Kiara thinks she’s too good for him, and refuses to admit that she might be getting to him. But he soon realizes that being himself is exactly what Kiara needs right now.

Review: In this companion book to Perfect Chemistry we learn more about Alex's little brother Carlos, a recent transplant from Mexico who is sent to live with his brother...who will hopefully keep him out of trouble. 

Needless to say Carlos arrives with bad attitude and is determined to keep it that way. He rebels against everything his brother and the school ask him to do. When he meets Kiara on the first day of school (she has been assigned as his designated peer guide) he sees nothing special. He soon finds out that Kiara is a friend of his brothers and that they frequently work together on a car she is rebuilding. 

At first Carlos finds himself attracted to a more outgoing and "sexier" classmate, but after he finds himself in big trouble he is pretty sure it is her and her friends that have set him up. A series of events has Carlos spending more time with Kiara and her family where he determines that there is more to her than meets the eye and that underneath her baggy clothes and car grease, is a beautiful girl who just chooses not to flaunt it. 

The secondary plot involves Carlos facing his gang related past and how it has followed him to his new home. With a help from a few unexpected sources maybe he can escape the fate he always thought was inevitable.

If you read Perfect Chemistry there is also a small storyline that still follows Alex and Brittney but if didn't read it first, you can read it after...I am! I can't imagine any teen or young adult not liking this romance/action story, they will be lining up to read this one!

Language and subject matter make this book appropriate for ages 14 and up

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Christina T said...

I'm glad you enjoyed this. I read both Perfect Chemistry and Rules of Attraction and loved them. I then got Leaving Paradise from the library so I could read it too. Good review.

Beverly said...

I have heard amazing things about Perfect Chemistry - I can't wait to see Rules of Attraction.

Robby said...

Can't wait to read this. :]

Diana Dang said...

I am dying to get my hands on this one!