Book Review–Rules of Attraction (Perfect Chemistry #2) by Simone Elkeles

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This is the forty-eighth book from my 200 Book Reading Challenge.

Picture Source: Goodreads.com
Picture Source: Goodreads.com

Rules of Attraction (Perfect Chemistry #2) by Simone Elkeles

Published April 27th, 2010

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.

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Rules of Attraction is the sequel to Perfect Chemistry. It’s been a while since I’ve read the first book, but I remember really liking it. I believe I enjoyed the sequel even more.

The next oldest brother, Carlos, is the main male character in this book. He’s the brother of Alex, who was the main male character in the first book. While I vaguely remember Alex being a trouble maker, it seems like Carlos is even worse. Despite being a “bad boy” character, Carlos was actually a pretty deep and interesting character. His POV was fun to read through.

Kiara is the real reason that I liked this book better than the first. I like her much better than Brittany. Kiara is down-to-earth, interesting, and suffers from speech problems–something that I can really relate to her with. I especially loved her prank with the cookie magnets. She’s actually a pretty good match for Carlos.

The other characters were also well written, such as Kiara’s father, Alex, and Tuck, Kiara’s gay friend. I’ve never had the opportunity to befriend someone who is gay, but Tuck felt like a much more genuine character and less like the “gay friend” stereotype that I seem to always be coming across in novels. I love his relationship not only with Kiara, but also with Carlos.

As with the first book, Elkeles has a simple but lovely writing style that is easy to read. The dialogue also sounds realistic in regard to today’s teenagers.

I think it’s great that this book not only focuses on romance but on the importance of family and trust. It’s also always interesting to have a glimpse into the bad parts of life–gangs, drugs, etc. Elkeles seems to write these situations pretty realistically.

If you liked Perfect Chemistry, you’ll love Rules of Attraction. If you love compelling, romantic stories that also focus on strong non-romantic relationships, you’ll probably enjoy it as well.

5stars

 

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