Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles

Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles
Release Date: April 13, 2010
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
Series: Perfect Chemistry
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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?

I loved Perfect Chemistry, so when I heard that it was trilogy, I was very happy.

I was afraid that this book would be the same story, just with a different Fuentes and potential girlfriend, but it wasn't. Carlos and Alex have some similarities, like their stubbornness, but I was able to see them as two different individuals. I liked Kiara from the beginning unlike Brittany, who I never hated, but really started to like more and more as the book went on. You also get to see how Brittany and Alex are doing. Everything has a explanation and isn't just left for us to wonder, e.g. Why is Carlos a member of a gang despite his brother's history. It was a real page-turner. The epilogue is a glimpse of the future and was kinda cheesy.

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