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

4.5 out of 5 stars 218 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 If Perfect Chemistry was good, Rules of Attraction is better! ...fans of Perfect Chemistry need to read this book, and those who haven't read Perfect Chemistry need to get their hands on both pronto! Once Upon a Bookcase Elkeles has perfected the way she writes these novels, because like its predecessor, the writing is fast paced and make for easy reads because they never dwindle too much on unnecessary factors. The Crooked Shelf A high recommendation for all fans of teen romance - and there's enough depth to it and action, coupled with a fairly gritty feel, that I can also see it appealing to many people ho normally wouldn't look twice at this genre. The Bookbag --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 (218 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #339,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jennifer L. Rinehart VINE VOICE on March 6, 2010
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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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While I really loved PERFECT CHEMISTRY her first book in this series...I was slightly disappointed with RULES OF ATTRACTION.

First, I honestly did not feel the chemistry between Kiara and Carlos...it just felt kind of forced. I liked both characters but, they just didn't seem to fit like Alex and Brittany (from the first book) whose chemistry was unmistakable.

Second, the pacing seemed too fast...not enough development of the relationship and his gang affiliations. Plus, the whole Devlin (the villain) thing just seemed odd...I just didn't buy it.

Last...what I liked...Tucker the gay best friend was amusing, the Dad was pretty cool, some hot/steamy moments and I do love a happy ending. Needless to say it wasn't so bad that I didn't want to finish it and I plan to read the final book about Luis soon.

Bottom line...okay not great.

PG 15
YA Crossover
Sex, Drugs and Violence...with the much needed happy ending.
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This is book two in the Perfect Chemistry series. This book follows Carlos Fuentes. You met him in the first book in the series. He is the brother of Alex Fuentes. This is a great young adult series.
Carlos moves to Colorado after getting into trouble in Mexico, where he lived with his mom. His brother Alex sets him up to live with his former professor to help get his act together. This is where he meets Kiara. Kiara is the opposite of Carlos. Can being so different really lead to love? You’ll have to read this young adult love story to find out but hold on to your seats because lots of drama takes place throughout the whole book.
I have really enjoyed this series so far and this author. I want to continue reading the series and I am excited to hear that more books have been added to this series. If you love the young adult and new adult genres you will defiantly like this series and this author. 4 stars!
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