Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Review: Rules of Attraction

Title: Rules of Attraction
Author: Simone Elkeles

From GoodReads, "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. 

With new characters to fall in love with and the same hot romance found in Perfect Chemistry, Simone Elkeles has crafted another sure-fire hit for teens."

     After reading Perfect Chemistry, I was truly excited to read this sequel (I'm not sure it qualifies as a sequel because the main characters from Perfect Chemistry are not the main characters in this book, but are secondary characters).  This book did not disappoint me at all.  I absolutely loved the cover and after reading the book, it's the perfect cover for the book.  The main characters follow a pattern that was prominent in Elkeles first novel as well: bad boy/good girl.  I really liked both of the main characters.  I found Carlos to be similar to Alex from the first novel, but that wasn't too surprising because they are brothers.  Kiara was an interesting character as well.  I know some people will criticize Kiara's family in the book and call them too perfect, but I liked the fact that she had a supportive, caring, non-judgmental family.  I get kind of tired of reading about dysfunctional families all the time and this was a refreshing twist.  I also thought the presence of Alex and Brittany, the main characters in Perfect Chemistry, was fun as well.  It was good to see that they were still together (which I was secretly rooting for) and that they still had to work out some issues.  I'm a huge fan of the "love conquers all" formula of writing and both of these novels use that formula superbly.  This is a must-read for fans of Simone Elkeles and I would highly recommend it.

1 comment:

  1. I really enjoyed Perfect Chemistry too, and I was sorta bummed this was more of a companion novel than a sequel. Glad you thought it lived up to the first one, now I'll have to check it out :)


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