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Rules of Attraction Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 13, 2010

4.5 out of 5 stars 216 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in the Perfect Chemistry Series

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Grade 10 Up—In this sequel to Perfect Chemistry (Walker, 2009), Elkeles once again delivers a steamy page-turner bound to make teens swoon. After getting involved with a dangerous gang in Mexico, Carlos Fuentes is sent to live in Colorado with his older brother, Alex. Unwilling to straighten up and abide by Alex's rules, he soon gets into trouble when he is framed for narcotics possession by a drug lord with powerful gang ties. Carlos avoids expulsion from high school by living with Alex's former instructor, Professor Westford, and his family, and attending an after-school program for at-risk teens. Romance ensues when tough-talking, authority-flouting Carlos finds himself inexplicably drawn to Kiara, the professor's studious, outdoorsy, and vintage-car-loving daughter. Unfortunately, love is complicated, because while Carlos wants to be with Kiara, he is also struggling to extricate himself from the grasp of the drug lord who framed him. After he is seriously beaten up, he, Alex, and Professor Westford concoct a plan to bring the drug lord to justice. As in Perfect Chemistry, the brothers' dialogue is infused with plenty of Spanish, but it's clear in context. The ending is somewhat contrived and rushed, and minor characters are not as well developed. However, the passion between Carlos and Kiara, who tell their story in alternating narratives, is compelling enough to engage teens, especially those who were taken with Alex and Brittany's romance in the previous book.—Lalitha Nataraj, Chula Vista Public Library, CA
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“Elkeles once again delivers a steamy page-turner bound to make teens swoon.” ―School Library Journal on Rules of Attraction

“Engaging characters, two of whom share a love that cannot be denied, along with more than a few humorous moments.” ―VOYA on Rules of Attraction

“Elkeles pens plenty of tasteful, hot scenes . . . that keep the pages turning.” ―Kirkus Reviews on Perfect Chemistry

“Smoldering doesn't quite do justice to the romantic banter.” ―School Library Journal on Perfect Chemistry

“Teens with a taste for romance will eat this up like ice cream on a hot day.” ―Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books on Perfect Chemistry

“Fans of the series and other females will gobble up this exciting, suspenseful novel.” ―VOYA on Chain Reaction

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers (April 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802720854
  • ASIN: B004WB1A2K
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (216 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,419,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Simone Elkeles is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Perfect Chemistry series, Leaving Paradise series and How to Ruin series. Simone is super excited about her newest series, Wild Cards. All three books in the Perfect Chemistry series have been YALSA Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers and the Illinois Association of Teachers of English named Simone 2008 Author of the Year. Simone's funny way of looking at the world shines through in novels that are bursting with sarcastic wit, edgy characters, and exhilarating drama. You can find her at www.simoneelkeles.com.

Be sure to check out Simone's book trailers at http://www.youtube.com/user/selkeles

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I got this book on Friday at 3:30pm and finished it at 6:30ish Saturday and no, I'm not a speed reader.

I read Perfect Chemistry by Ms. Elkeles and liked it so much I read it two more times and when I saw this book, I bought it without reading the plot synopsis. But, in the back of my mind I wondered, "can she do it again? Will I love this book? Will it have the same love story with believably flawed and endearing characters?" The answer is 'YES!'

I think I like this book even more than Perfect Chemistry.

Carlos is a dangerously attractive hero and Kiara (kind of a lame name that I'm not sure how to pronounce, after the third chapter I decided to think of her as Kara) is an amazingly quirky heroine. Naturally, I could empathize with a heroine who is trying to make a place for herself at High School (I'm a dork).

Kara wants her senior year to be different, fun and wonderful. However, she has a hurdle to overcome, Kiara/Kara stutters. I don't feel bad letting anyone know about this plot point, it's revealed early on in the book and it's a major part of the story. You feel Kara's yearning to be more than that girl with the speech impediment at school. She's worked hard to overcome the stutter and she's ready to speak up in class and participate.

Carlos is angry. Angry that he's in Colorado. Angry that his brother Alex has change into someone he doesn't understand. Angry that his mother moved him to Mexico and then shipped him back to the states, all without asking his opinion. His is the seething rage of a teen on the verge of manhood who wont be dictated to anymore.
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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's 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.
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Carlos Fuentes has just arrived in Boulder, Colorado, to live with his older brother Alex, one of the main protagonists from Elkeles' great story, Perfect Chemistry. Carlos has not been living the clean life in Mexico, to put it mildly. He has become part of a gang, the very thing his brother wanted him to avoid. Drugs, girls, and partying are his life and Carlos has no plans to live by his brother's rules. But when he is framed for drugs at his new school, things start going south from there.

Kiara is excited for her senior year. She finally has control over her stuttering. Sure, her new boyfriend just broke up with her but she is still going to make it a great year. Until she meets Carlos, who is not only a student at school with her, but he is now living with her. Let the games, and the chemistry, begin.

Carlos and Kiara definitely have chemistry and appeal together. Kiara is kind of a tomboy. She loves working on her car, she enjoys being with her family, she loves the outdoors, but she also wants to go to Homecoming and Prom. Those are important to her. Carlos in many ways cannot believe he is attracted to Kiara as she is very, very different from the girls in his life in the past. She is not a party girl, a drunken idiot, or someone who just wants to sleep with him. She has goals and dreams and he cannot help think he is the wrong guy for her.

But living with her family, seeing his own brother settled into a strong and committed relationship, starts to impress and scare him. And of course, the drug trouble has not gone away yet. Someone wants to play games with Carlos, use him for their own nefarious reasons.
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