Chain Reaction (Perfect Chemistry Series #3)

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Luis Fuentes has always been sheltered from the gang violence that nearly destroyed his brothers’ lives. But that didn’t stop him from taking risks — whether he’s scaling a mountain in the Rockies or dreaming of a future as an astronaut, Luis can’t stop looking for the next thrill.

Nikki Cruz lives her life by three rules — boys lie to get their way, don’t trust a boy who says “I love you,” and never date a boy from the south side of Fairfield. Her parents may be from Mexico, ...

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Overview

Luis Fuentes has always been sheltered from the gang violence that nearly destroyed his brothers’ lives. But that didn’t stop him from taking risks — whether he’s scaling a mountain in the Rockies or dreaming of a future as an astronaut, Luis can’t stop looking for the next thrill.

Nikki Cruz lives her life by three rules — boys lie to get their way, don’t trust a boy who says “I love you,” and never date a boy from the south side of Fairfield. Her parents may be from Mexico, but as a doctor’s daughter, she has more in common with her north-side neighbors than the Latino Blood at her school. Then she meets Luis at Alex’s wedding, and suddenly, she’s tempted to break all her rules.

Getting Nikki to take a chance on a south sider is Luis’s biggest challenge, until he finds himself targeted by Chuy Soto, the new head of the Latino Blood. When Chuy reveals a disturbing secret about Luis’s family, the youngest Fuentes finds himself questioning everything he’s ever believed to be true. Will his feelings for Nikki be enough to stop Luis from entering a dark and violent world and permanently living on the edge?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Renee Farrah Vess
Luis Fuentes is determined to date Nikki Cruz. She dismisses his every advance and will not fall for any of his usual tricks, which only makes him want her more. Her family has suppressed their Mexican heritage in an effort to acclimate and excel in Illinois. Luis' family on the other hand proudly displays their Mexican roots, which makes Nikki question how she is living her life. Since her relationship with Marco, now a member of the ruthless Latino Blood gang, ended badly she has sworn off boys. Luis is set on changing her mind, but gets pulled into the dark world of Latino Blood that almost consumed his brothers. Suddenly his priorities change to protecting his family from their shaky past to throwing himself into it, and he begins losing focus on his own future. Nikki's lost one boyfriend to the LB, and she is not about to lose another. This is the third book in the "Perfect Chemistry" romance series, and it involves gang violence, strong language, and sexual scenes. Reviewer: Renee Farrah Vess
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“The fast-paced story is a melodramatic roller coaster.”—School Library Journal

“Fans of the series and other females will gobble up this exciting, suspenseful novel.”—VOYA

School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up—Chain Reaction follows Perfect Chemistry (2009) and Rules of Attraction (2010, both Walker), a trilogy centered on the lives and loves of the Fuentes brothers. Luis, the youngest, is a smart, macho "adrenaline junkie" who has a way with the chicas. The story is told in alternating chapters by Luis, who opens with a rock-climbing stunt that lands him in the hospital, and by Nikki, 15, who opens intending to tell her boyfriend that she is pregnant. The importance of la familia is a thread throughout the story, and when the Fuentes family returns to Chicago's South Side, Luis finds himself drawn into the gang life that Alex and Carlos worked so hard to leave behind. Nikki, dumped by her boyfriend, has sworn off relationships, putting her energy into helping out at an animal shelter. The fast-paced story is a melodramatic roller coaster, with gangbanging, drug selling, steamy encounters in pool cabanas, and a shocking family secret revealed. The story is laced with Spanish words and phrases, four letter words, and up-front descriptions of loving teenage trysts. Derek shows some depth of character as a friend who stands up for Luis, as does Reyes, an ex-gang member turned cop. Most of the characters are clearly either good or bad, but this simplicity keeps the story moving briskly along. A no-loose-ends epilogue revisits the family 26 years later, to assure readers that all ends well. The books are best read in order and will find the strongest audience among fans of the first two installments.—Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802720870
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 8/16/2011
  • Series: Perfect Chemistry Series , #3
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 348,947
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Simone Elkeles

Simone Elkeles is the author of Perfect Chemistry, Rules of Attraction, and Leaving Paradise, a Book Sense Pick. Simone was named Author of the Year by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English.

www.simoneelkeles.net

www.perfectchemistrythebook.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2010

    AAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    these books are amazing. first alex then carlos and now luis it just keeps getting better. i really enjoy that at the end of each book it goes to the future to show how things turn on. this book is going to be as amazing as the first two were.Simone is an awesome writer who's books just get you screaming for more.

    34 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Very good

    The chain reaction is definitely a must read. I have enjoyed reading this book from start to finish.

    20 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 20, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    OMG OMG OMG

    I LOVE THESE BOOKS SOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!! I GOT ALL MY FRIENDS INTO THIS BOOK AND WE ARE ALL SOOOOO EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK!!!! SIMONE ELKELES IS SOOOOOOO GOOD AT WRITING BOOKS ITS LIKE AMAZING!!! I DONT WANT THE SERIES TO END!!!!!

    19 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2010

    FINALLY!!!!!!

    This series in incredible!!!!!!! I can't wait until this book comes. I'm dying to read what happens to Luis

    14 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2010

    You have to read it!!

    I can not wait to read this book. i absolutely loved "perfect chemistry" and "rules of attraction". i'm sure this book is going to be just as good..or even better!!!!!!!!!!

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2011

    Such a dissapointment

    I love Simone Elkeles' books. The first two in the Perfect Chemistry series were so great. But this one totally fell flat in my opinion. None of the characters were developed, the main characters made stupid decisions for no apparent reason, and the connection between Luis and Nikki seemed fake. In the other books, all of the characters seemed so real. Even the secondary ones, like friends and family all had distinct personalities. However, if you did read the first two I would recommend reading this one even if its just for closure on the series.

    9 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2011

    Hmm...

    I know that in everyone else's reviews, they say that they loved the book, and that it was, by far, the best in the series. To me, actually, it's the opposite. I LOVED the first book, and then the 2nd book was AMAZING. But this one? It's good. Yeah, it's nice, but it's like a remake of the first book with stuff added in here and there. Personally, I like the 1st and 2nd books the best, but whatever. To each her own. (:

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2011

    I'm sorry but this just completely sucked!

    I absolutely loved the first two books of this series but the third one is completely lacking. I couldn't connect with the characters and it felt as if the author was just rushing through to get the book done and over with. I'm sooo disappointed because i waited so long to read this and it fell short. It just didn't have the overall connection that the other books gave you.

    6 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2011

    Nice ending, but sort of predictable

    The first two were soooooo amazing! But with this book, I felt like Elkeles ran out of time to write. I found myself hating Nikki through most of the book. However,Luis' family problems were really unexpected and cool. Overall though, it was still good. It was just missing that spark the first two had.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2011

    Love the series

    It's a great series. If you love the bad boy, who is really a soft hearted hero (when it comes to the girl they love) then this is a great series for you to read. I have to admitt that the first one is my favorite but you can't go wrong with any of these brothers. *Note: It's more for the 17 plus age group.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2010

    ^.^

    simone elkeles had capture my eyes. its incredible how her books show exactly wat everything is really about! i love the perfect chemistry series and all her book !! sime uh rock

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2012

    Awesome!

    This series is one of my most favorite series ever! I would reccomend this story to anyone. But, I do think that no one under the age 16 or anyone who hates cussing should read it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2011

    Liked It But I Did'nt Love It

    HONESTLY THE BOOK WAS GOOD BUT I WAS LEFT VERY DISSAPOINTED. I FEEL LIKE IT WAS A UNREVISED COPY OF THE BOOK, AND IT STILL NOT FINISH. THE CHARACTERS WERE'NT VERY WELL DEVELOPED OR VERY LIKED,NIKKI GOT ON MY NERVES FOR MOST OF THE BOOK WHICH IN THE OTHERS I ALWAYS LIKED BOTH CHARACTHERS BUT I COULD'NT STOMACH NIKKI AT ALL,THE ONLY CHARACTER I LIKED WAS LUIS AND THE OLD CHARACTERS (LIKE CARLOS,ALEXS, ETC.)DON'T GET ME WRONG I LIKED IT BUT NOT A LOT. THE PLOT SOUNDED VERY FAMILIAR. I THOUGHT THE FIRST WAS GREAT, THE SECOND WAS EVEN GREATER, AND THE THIRD WAS JUST PLAIN GOOD. DON'T GET MAD AT ME IT'S JUST AN OPINION AND LIKE I SAID IM STILL AND ALWAYS WILL BE A FAN AND SUPPORT IT IN THE FUTURE IF THE TRILOGY IS TURNED INTO A MOVIE FRANSCHISE. SIMONE ELKELES PLEASE KEEP WRITING ABOUT THE FUENTES BROTHERS (ESPECIALLY CARLOS HE'S MY FAV).

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2011

    So exciting!!

    This series is literaly one of my favorites! I'm so excited that there's another one coming out. This is a MUST READ series!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2011

    MUST READ!

    i want to read this book so badly i am a huge fan of perfect chemisty and rules of attraction i must read this book soon ugh may come quickly!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2013

    Okay

    This book is better for 13+ because it has mild language and sexual content

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2013

    The book Chain Reaction is a really good book. I recommend it ma

    The book Chain Reaction is a really good book. I recommend it mainly to teens or young adults because the book is romantic; with not much drama. Chain Reaction is about a boy and girls relationship. The girls name is Nikki and she attends Michagain High School. Luis who is in tenth grade meets Nikki at a wedding and he starts liking her from that day. She could tell that he was starting to like her and she feels the same, but doesn’t want to. Nikki’s ex ended up leaving her for a gang and also messed with her head. Her ex has commitment issues. Nikki’s ex later on convinces Luis to get into the gang, but lied to Nikki saying he wasn’t in the gang. Nikki’s ex continues to mess with Luis and stands him up. He also disrespects Nikki in front of Luis, but since Luis isn’t the fighting type he just ignores it. Later on Nikki finds out the truth even after she told him since the beginning not to join, but he still did. She ends up leaving Luis after a fight about him joining the gang. In order for Luis to join the gang he had to be jumped in the hard way. So Luis gets jumped into the gang, where he gets really hurt. Nikki starts missing Luis, so she decides to pay him a visit at his house. When she gets there she sees that he has been hurt and tries to help him. Nikki ends up taking him back and everything goes back to how it was before, even though she was still upset at him for lying. She became really worried for Luis because she found out that the leader of the gang is after him. He was looking for him because Luis didn’t want to take over his brother’s place as head of the gang. Since Luis said no the gang is looking for payback. The cholos are trying to find him. The rest you have to read to find out what happens. You will be shocked and amazed when you read this book. The book is interesting and romantic Page Turner novel. It makes you just want to keep reading it and not put it down. You’re going to have to read for yourself and you are the judge. Just be prepared that when you pick it up you won’t put it down until your done reading it.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2011

    Liked it, but left disappointed

    To start, I loved the first two books. Especially Perfect Chemistry. When I found out that Chain Reaction was coming out, I was very excited and had high hopes for it. A little more then half way, I had to stop reading for a while. I couldn't find Nikki likeable, and Luis was just okay to me. While the book was still good, compared to the first two and the high hopes I had, it fell short.

    A funny story, I had this book with me in my math class. My table group member was carious because of the cover. He took the book while I wasn't looking and begun reading it. Next day, I saw that he had Perfect Chemistry and Rules of Attraction with him.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2011

    epppp

    it was sooo good! i feel sooo bad for Isa though. two guys thats she's interested in died!! love love love the ending!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 20, 2011

    MUST READ!!!

    If you've already read the first two books then you know you have GOT to read the third one. I'm sssooooo excited!! And if you haven't read the series, GET A MOVE ON IT! Great job Simone!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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