The Compulsive Reader: Rules of Attraction: A Perfect Chemistry Novel by Simone Elkeles

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Rules of Attraction: A Perfect Chemistry Novel by Simone Elkeles

Carlos Fuentes doesn't have any say in the matter when his mother sends him from Mexico to his older brother Alex in Boulder, Colorado. Carlos has already been displaced from his hometown of Chicago once before, and he wasn’t happy about it, so he intends to break as many rules as possible in Colorado.

Kiara Westford is the good girl; she doesn't get in trouble, and she's always willing to help out, but Carlos' attitude annoys her. When those with connections to a Mexican gang plant drugs in Carlos's possession, Kiara's father vouches for him, and he is forced to move in with her family and abide by their rules. But rebellious Carlos will find that the only thing harder than following the Westfords' rules is fighting his feelings for Kiara.

Fans of Elkeles' Perfect Chemistry will be happy to read this sequel, featuring Alex's younger brother, now seventeen and now every bit as rebellious and then some. Carlos has a devil-may-care attitude, and he is rough and determined to go his own way. Though the reader may not always agree with his decisions and thoughts, Elkeles does an excellent job at getting into his head and revealing what makes him tick. Kiara, on the other hand, is much sweeter and a little naive, but she is smart and she has guts. She's not quite as interesting of a character as Carlos, but is admirable nonetheless.

The danger in Rules of Attraction isn't quite as palpable and immediate as it was in Perfect Chemistry, but the bit of mystery surrounding it keeps you in suspense, though the action at the climax is tense and a bit unexpected. At its heart, this book is more about Carlos' gradual change of mind concerning his attitude and behavior as he falls in love with Kiara. He changes quite a bit as a character, which is gratifying to see, and the actual romance is steamy and naughty in just the right amount—an excellent mix of humor and rebellion. Like in Perfect Chemistry, Elkeles includes an epilogue set far in the future that is a little cheesy, but cute, that will leave readers with a happy feeling and hopes for a novel about the third Fuentes brother, Luis.

Cover Comments: This is such a cool cover! I like how the black, white, and pink theme is carried through to this book, but what is so cool about it is that the scene depicted actually happens in the book! Very neat!

Rules of Attraction will be released on April 13th, 2010!

ARC received from Amazon Vine.


Shweta said...

The cover scene actually happens in the book ? Wow .. That's cool. I guess I will have to hurry up and read Perfect Chemistry first :)

Becky said...

I'm reading Perfect Chemistry right now. I'm looking forward to this one as well!

Just Your Typical Book Blog said...

I didn't know the cover was actually a scene in the book! How cool! I'm really looking forward to reading this. I loved PC. Thanks for the review :)

Ynysawdre Elderly Residents Association said...

Every time I visit your blog I add a ton of books to my wishlist. Thank you for the great reviews :)

Maria said...

This is one of the best reviews I've read on this book! I cannot wait to read it :D

LinzReads said...

I've been, literally, DYING for this book! Your review makes me want it that much more, if that's possible.

Sarah said...

wow this book is awesome ! i love carlos and kiara little brother brandon and her of course and i love how kiara best friend Tuck is hilarious a great book !

jennifer said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.. they are really interesting and useful as well.. I would like to read more from you.