Review: Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles


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. (via Goodreads)

My Review:

Carlos was a tough nut to crack, but it was all very natural and believable. The way he grew up and the preconceived notions he had built up in his head about white people made his attitude very realistic. Of course, it also made him very annoying for a large chunk of the book…but hey. Life lesson: a lot of people ARE really annoying. And once his true personality started peeking through, he showed that he really is a good guy. I didn’t fall for him like I did Alex in Perfect Chemistry, but he is still a great character.

As much as I liked Perfect Chemistry, the first book of the series, I’m glad this one was different. Brittany was the stereotypical popular white girl, and it was a nice change to have someone a little nerdier and less confident this time around. Kiara was awesome, I really liked her. Most of her character development is all relationship-focused, which is a shame. I would have liked to see more of her – just her.

If you liked the first book, you should definitely continue the series with this one…maybe get it from the library or wait for the paperback copy to come out unless you’re a huge fan.

{ 2 comments… add one }
  • Ashley @ Book Labyrinth December 21, 2010, 1:28 am

    Nice to hear your thoughts on this one… I also really enjoyed it, possibly almost as much as the first.

  • Cari December 21, 2010, 5:34 pm

    I can honestly say I loved this book and thought it was a great addition to the series. I'm excited to see what happens in Chain Reaction.


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