"Waiting On" Wednesday: Chain Reaction

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Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles
Release Date: May 24, 2011
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
Series: Perfect Chemistry
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Luis Fuentes is a good boy who doesn't live with the angst that his big brothers, Alex and Carlos, have always lived with. Luis is smart, funny, and has big dreams of becoming an astronaut. But when he falls for the wrong girl, Luis enters a dark world he's never known, and just when he thinks he's got life all figured out, learns some disturbing news about his family that destroys his positive outlook on life. Will that Fuentes bad boy streak come out with a vengeance and lure Luis to live on the edge like his new girlfriend and his own father?

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'm going to be sorry to see the series end. It was the first non-fantasy/paranormal YA series that I ever read.


  1. Congrats Petra I have been honoured with the Seven Facts Award, and would dearly love to pass it along to you (courtesy of Mysteriousbooks).

    If you're not into accepting awards, no worries . . . please take this as an open note of admiration for the work you do. :-)

  2. Still need to read the first two in this series. I have heard so many great things about the series so I guess I need to just do it. Great pick!

  3. I like a novel from a male perspective (I've read a lot of novels from a female's point of view lately, and I want some chance), so I might have to add this one to my TBR list just for that. And, for the gorgeous cover.

    Here's my Waiting on Wednesday.

  4. Great pick! I have sooooo got to start this series already! :)
    Happy Reading!

  5. A superb pick! It looks great. Happy Reading :)
    Check out what I'm Waiting On Wednesday

    Mia @GrippedintoBooks

  6. here's mine http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2011/02/waiting-on-wednesday_23.html



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