Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles

Originality- 16/20
Characters- 17/20
Remembrance- 7/10
Quote-ability- 7/10
Entertainment- 17/20
Ending- 8/10
Recommend to read- 8/10
TOTAL- 80/100
Grade- B

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?
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I couldn't help but laugh at first when I heard that Perfect Chemistry was going to have a sequel, and that Alex's brother Carlos was going to be one of the narrators. It also bugged me a bit that it was the same storyline as before. But of course I remembered how much I liked Perfect Chemistry and cliched romances.

Our good girl Kiara is way more likeable and relateable than Brittany. I thought she was funny and well, average. She reminds me of several of my friends. Carlos was the typical bad boy. Nothing much to say about that.

I did enjoy the story though. It was cute and romantic in a way that didn't make you want to role your eyes. You could easily tell how connected the characters were right from the beginning.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed Perfect Chemistry or loves a good cutesy romance.

-Amanda

1 comment:

Audrey; (AyC) said...

I did enjoy Perfect Chemistry, but all the reviews of this book say this one is a lot more romance-y. Dunno if I need more of romancey cliches though. It doesn't seem that original either, but I might still read it.
nice review!