Rules of Attraction

Rules of Attraction

Book - 2010
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Living on the University of Colorado-Boulder campus with his older brother Alex, a college student and ex-gang member, high school senior Carlos is not ready to give up his wild ways until he meets a shy classmate named Kiara and becomes unwillingly involved in a drug ring.
Publisher: New York : Walker & Co., 2010
ISBN: 9780802720863
0802720862
9780802720856
0802720854
9780802722904
Characteristics: 326 p. ; 22 cm

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 26, 2017

Even after witnessing the consequences of joining a gang first hand from his brother Alex, Carlos Fuentes is still determined to go against his brother's wishes and stray from the path his brother laid out for him. As a last resort, Carlos agrees to live with Alex’s former professor to avoid being sent to jail for drug possession. Carlos is shocked when he realizes that he enjoys this life, the feeling that he is with people that truly care for him and have his best interests. What’s even more shocking is when Carlo realizes that he is starting to fall for Kiara, the professor’s daughter. However, before he can let himself trust Kiara, Carlos must first deal with the decision that he made years ago when they come back to haunt him. To be honest, this book was not as good as Perfect Chemistry. Unlike Brittney and Alex, I felt that their relationship was forced.
- @Vaseline of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

GCPL_Teen Jun 30, 2017

Opposites attract between the average girl next door and a boy involved in gangs. If you are seeking a romance that stands out from the typical, this is it.

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ryner
Jun 06, 2014

In this sequel to Perfect Chemistry we meet tough-talking Carlos Fuentes, who has just moved to Colorado from Mexico to live with his older brother, Alex, in order to finish out his senior year of high school. Kiara Westford is a clever, tomboyish, outdoorsy girl with a propensity for fixing up cars. As a peer guide to new students, Kiara is paired up with Carlos in order to acquaint him with his new surroundings, though once she meets Carlos she is no longer looking forward to the assignment. Carlos had hoped to distance himself from his gang affiliations in Mexico, but in only a matter of days someone has set him up for a drug bust at his new school, and he is required to live with Professor Westford, who also happens to be Kiara's father, as part of his release agreement. Carlos and Kiara: now under the same roof?

Rules of Attraction is painfully similar in formula to Perfect Chemistry, although Kiara is thankfully somewhat more fleshed out and human-like than Brittany. Carlos and Kiara's relationship seems to periodically jump to new intensities with nothing leading up to it, leaving me wondering several times if I had missed something. Their relationship feels flat and empty.

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Sassafrasy
Jun 21, 2013

I LOVE CARLOS!!!! I think that he is my favorite brother. I LOVE HIS STORY!!!!

wenitallfails Aug 02, 2012

i am skeptical about reading this book only because Perfect Chemistry was such a good book. But i put it on hold, lets see how great it is.

BENAIAH KING May 18, 2012

this book was amazing. also, the prolouge " perfect chemisty " was just as good if not better. if you love Elkeles Simone, then you will love perfect chemisty. this book had me hooked all the way to the very end. perfect book and a must read definatly !!!

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jgadey
Mar 19, 2012

A great sequel to the last book but I found that it was very similar in plot. However, the similarity wasn't a bad thing because it was equally as thrilling and a great read!

catbluecurious Dec 11, 2011

i loved this book! This author is amazing! if you want to a read where you can't put it down for one minute this author is definitively it! i love her books and this book i thought was going to be a little slow because it was similar to the last novel which was Perfect Chemistry but it was twice as amazing as the last book even better! It doesn't matter if you are looking for romance or violence in a book this book has it both and it is non stop. I love the way the two books were similar by how the couple didn't want to be together but they couldn't stop the attraction to each other. This book like the last one had me completely hooked from page one. This is a book i recommend to anyone who loves romance and violence. Who wants a great read and wants to feel like they are watching a movie instead of reading a book. This book has it all! Great Story!! :)

Amazing things about this book

•Carlos and Alex are proud of their Mexican heritage. Elkeles uses Spanish in their dialogue, talks about their homesickness for authentic Mexican food and they argue about what it means to be Mexican.
•They are not exaggerating when they say the romance in this book is smoldering. The make out scenes are really sexy, the heat between the characters is believable
•It does a good job at showing that moving and not wanting to be a drug dealer anymore isn’t always enough. I think people scoff at those who feel trapped in those situations, saying they could leave if they wanted, but the way Carlos is forced into the gang scene again is terrifying! Elkeles shows us the mindset of someone in that situation
•The cover art is fantastic. I think I should make a mural or something out of gorgeous YA covers.
•Carlos’ transformation doesn’t feel too forced. He doesn’t go from bad ass to good guy in a matter of pages, he makes connections with people, sees possibilities, dares to dream beyond the present because he’s given better options he hadn’t considered possible
Important to have in a library collection because

•Deals with gangs, drugs and sex, and I think at risk teens or any teens really should be able to see these harsh realities in fiction. It’s also great for them to see that it’s not a dead-end if you want more
•Diversity of characters. Mexican characters are prominent and gay characters are featured, I think having minorities represented in your collection is really important.
•A female character who fixes cars and does typically masculine things while maintaining her femininity. I’ve gotten in a few feminist arguments this week haha so I’m happy to see a woman who doesn’t need to be rescued constantly in YA

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JSchway
Mar 13, 2011

wow!! i loved this both this book and perfect chemistry!! a great story that keeps you hooked! i didn't know there is going to be a third one though! i can't wait!!

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Rules of Attraction is about Carlos, an ex-gang member who is sent to live with his brother to try to start a new life. At first he has no interest in following rules because he thinks his brother is conforming, abandoning his Mexican heritage and being whipped by his girlfriend. When Carlos is framed for drug dealing he is sentenced to live with a sponsor family and take part in after school therapy group for at risk teens.

This is a sequel to Perfect Chemistry but I didn’t read that I found that Rules of Attraction stands alone nicely

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