Title: Rules of Attraction
Author: Simone Elkeles
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury Teen
Released Date: April 13, 2010
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.
After I read Perfect Chemistry , I pretty much ran to my library, slid in through the automatic doors, flew into the teen section, plucked Rules of Attraction, whipped my card out to self check out and ran back all the way to my house to the comfort of bed and began reading. Well, I'm being just a bit over dramatic but that's how I see it in my head...
Once again, we get another taste of the Fuentes brothers but this time the story circles around the middle brother, Carlos. And his love interest? Kiara, who doesn't look like anything special yet she is everything special. I really liked Kiara because she was such a developed character. Her personality is cool and I just loved her spunk. I love how in the beginning she just wouldn't put up with Carlos's smart ass moves. She was intelligent and she knew who she was and she didn't really care what other people thought. Her only insecurity was her stuttering and being afraid of the popular girls a bit. But all in all, I really liked her.
Sometimes Carlos tended to aggravate me but I always ended up forgiving him. I guess the Fuentes charm gets passed down. Like his older brother Alex, whom we all love from Perfect Chemistry, Carlos tends to have a bit of a hero complex. Although his exterior is hard, sarcastic, and intimidating, Carlos is also caring, self sacrificing, and playful. And Kiara is really the only one that can get those emotions out of him.
Kiara and Carlos's romance was wild and passionate and I never found my self getting bored with them! They were one hot pair...
I also have to give this book a million points for having the setting be in Boulder, the town I live in! I liked how the active lifestyle and the craze for healthy and organic food was ever so present through out the book. Tofu tacos? You can find them ANYWHERE. Although the high school they go to is fictional! I haven't come across Flatiron High School...
This is exactly how I imagined both Alex and Carlos to look like. They are both super hot! Dayummmm....
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