Monday, April 26, 2010

Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles

Summary/Image from Fantastic Fiction:
New sparks will fly in the sequel to Simone Elkeles's breakout book Perfect Chemistry.
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.

Simone Elkeles has yet to disappoint me with her books, so when Rules of Attraction showed up in my mailbox, it's obvious to say I had high hopes for it. Since not only was I hoping it would carry on the trend of spectacular books from Elkeles, but I was also hoping it would manage to be even better than it's prequel Perfect Chemistry, a book that rocked my world last year.

At first, I was worried, since it was only.....okay. Nothing amazing, not overly fun, just...boring, I hate to say, leaving it to take me what seemed like eons to get through the first 50 or so pages. Thankfully, after getting past that amount, give or take a bit, I was hooked because it had taken suddenly a 180 degree to become something amazing; something that I just couldn't for the life me put down for one second; something that proved be to be witty, fun, and romantic (Where can I find my Carlos?!).

Carlos and Kiara were both characters I really enjoyed reading about, even if I kind of preferred Brittany and Alex, since both were realistic. Kiara was a girl who was geeky yet had a heart of gold. Carlos was the typical swoon-worthy bad boy, who had a lot more heart than what appeared at the surface. And together they made one very cute couple that you couldn't help but wish you had something as great as they did.

Adding to this, I adored the side characters such as Kiara's brother Brandon, who always managed to make me laugh with his somewhat fake innocence, Kiara's friend Tucker, Ram, Brittany, and Alex.
The plot, as well, as the writing was pretty great and has left me to eager to read the final volume in this trilogy about the youngest Fuentes's brother because I'm sure it'll turn out to be amazing!
Overall, Rules of Attraction is a book I can't help but suggest you run out and buy because it's fun, amazing, and filled with a lot of heart, just like all of Elkeles's previous books. Oh, and with saying that, don't me discouraged by the slow beginning, I'm promise it'll get better!

Grade: A-

Rules of Attraction is now out! Also did you hear that this placed #3 on the New York Times Best Selling Chapter Books? Yet another reason why you should pick it up along with Perfect Chemistry, if you haven't read that one.

Source: Around The World Tour

The Book Trailer, which I love:


  1. Awesome review. I still haven't read any books by Simone Elkeles, but I definitely want to!

  2. I haven't read anything by Simone Elkeles, but I've got Rules of Attraction coming and can't wait to read it. I'm glad you liked it!

  3. There's always something about book trailers that make me want to read the books they're about. :-)

  4. I'm reading this one at the moment and I love it so far. Simone is fantastic!

  5. Awesome review! I am really looking forward to reading this!

  6. I can't wait to read this book! PC is one of my favorite books, so I'm really curious to see if I'll love RoA just as much!

  7. I'm so so excited to read this, but I think my copy is currently stuck in the US postal service somewhere *cries*

    And I love the trailer too - it's much better than the PC one!

  8. Love your reivew. I just ordered a copy so I'm really excited about reading this one.


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