Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles

Simone Elkeles Rules of Attraction

324 pp.  Walker Childrens (Bloomsbury) 2010

Source: Purchased

Interest: Sequel/companion to Perfect Chemistry

Summary (From the publisher): New sparks will fly in the sequel to Simone Elkeles’s breakout book Perfect Chemistry

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?

After I finished reading Perfect Chemistry I had no choice but to pick up Rules of Attraction.  Simone Elkeles really knows how to keep a girl reading!  And when I finished this one I wanted to jump right into her book Leaving Paradise, but it’s been with one of my students until today.  It’s all mine now!! 😀

So, yeah.  I obviously LOVE Simone’s stories.  But can you blame me for being gaga over a steamy, angst-driven love story?!  There are plenty of authors who write similar stories, but there’s something different about Simone’s books.  Yes, Rules of Attraction is very similar in story line as Perfect Chemistry, and while this isn’t your typical sequel, the book is following Alex’s younger brother, Carlos’ story.  And like Alex, Carlos is getting into trouble and meets a girl he normally wouldn’t fall for.  A little corny, but so full of awesome.  (And yes, I realize I don’t sound like an English teacher, but sometimes I just want to gush and not be formal.)

If you haven’t read Perfect Chemistry yet, I don’t think you necessarily need to read it before reading Rules of Attraction.  I’d call this more of a companion novel, because while we get a glimpse at what’s happening with Alex and Brittany, the base of the story is all about Carlos and Kiara.  It’s really fun getting to know this family so well.  I’m excited to read the third book, Chain Reaction, when it comes out in August because that one is told from the youngest brother’s point of view.

I enjoyed that this book is also told from both Carlos and Kiara’s points of view.  Getting such a wide view of the story helps me connect that much more.  Carlos has a vulnerable side that I love.  It really shows when he’s playing with Kiara’s little brother; it’s adorable.  And Kiara really grows in this book.  She’s nervous and unsure of herself at the beginning, but becomes strong and independent by the end.  For these reasons, I liked her a little more than Brittany.

Basically this has been a gushy review, and I’m okay with that.  It’s obvious that I loved the book 🙂  Have you read it yet?  What did you think?

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