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Rules of Attraction (Perfect Chemistry Series #2)

Rules of Attraction (Perfect Chemistry Series #2)

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by Simone Elkeles

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More 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


More 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.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Myrna Dee Marler
Seventeen-year-old Carlos has moved around a lot in his life. He grew up in Chicago, but when his brother got involved with gangs, his mother moved the family, sans father, to Mexico. Now Carlos finds himself on his way to Colorado to live with his brother (now reformed and in college) and attend his last year of high school. He is resentful, handsome and cocky, and he has no plans to abide by anyone's rules. One of the first people he meets is Kiara, an honor student who has been assigned to escort him around school for the first few days. Carlos is dealing with his past, his current reputation, getting reacquainted with his brother, and the complex social situation at school. Kiara is dealing with her stuttering problem and her own place in the social system at school. She was recently dumped by a boyfriend via text message. Feeling like he doesn't need a babysitter, Carlos blows her off; with her retaliation, sparks fly as two opposite poles of a magnet begin to attract each other. The story is told in their alternating voices, and the final outcome is as predictable as a Harlequin romance novel (especially since this book belongs to "A Perfect Chemistry" series). Nevertheless, it is an entertaining read while still being deep enough and well characterized enough to make the two protagonists interesting as they dance towards, away and then back to each through its pages. Reviewer: Myrna Dee Marler
VOYA - Stacey Hayman
Carlos was raised in a tough Chicago neighborhood but moved to Mexico after his older brother Alex was almost killed getting jumped out of a gang. Barely two years later, Carlos is getting into trouble with a gang in Atencingo and is sent back to live with Alex in Boulder, Colorado. In the second week of school, Carlos is caught with drugs planted in his locker, set up to be recruited by a major drug dealer. Hoping to change Carlos' future for the better, Alex relinquishes guardianship of his brother to his former mentor, Dr. Westford. Kiara, Westford's daughter, and Carlos are from completely different worlds but have an instant connection that brings out the best in both of them. Is their connection deep enough to get them through the tough times ahead? If you're looking for a gritty, realistic story of gangs, or a story about a teen trying to escape gang life, this book is not for you. If you're looking for a story with engaging characters, two of whom share a love that cannot be denied, along with more than a few humorous moments, then this surely is your book. There are a few dots that don't seem to connect, but the great relationships make it easy to forgive those missing pieces. Carlos and Kiara begin a mature, sexual relationship but they use protection and most of their intimacy occurs off the page. Adding to the appeal of this book are the short chapters, satisfying epilogue, and anticipation for a book featuring the youngest Fuentes brother. Reviewer: Stacey Hayman
School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up—These books by Simone Elkles were made to be heard and they are expertly narrated by Roxanne Hernandez and Blas Kisic in alternating chapters. Perfect Chemistry (2009) introduces good girl Britney Ellis and bad boy/Latino Bloods gang member Alex Fuentes. When high school senior Britney is paired with Alex as chemistry lab partners, barriers are broken and romance heats up. This could have come off as predictable and clichéd, but instead the characters are fully developed and the story is gripping. For both characters, there is much more then meets the eye and there are many exhilarating cliff-hangers. There are steamy scenes as the love story flourishes, and male and female listeners will be held rapt by the realistic torment of hormones and emotions that make teenage love so intense. In Rules of Attraction (2010, both Walker) it is Alex's brother Carlos's turn to find out if true love exists and if it really can conquer all. Simone Elkles has captured the full spectrum of emotions and will gain a loyal following with these audiobooks.—Genevieve Gallagher, Charlottesville High School, VA
From the Publisher

“Elkeles once again delivers a steamy page-turner bound to make teens swoon.” —School Library Journal on Rules of Attraction

“Engaging characters, two of whom share a love that cannot be denied, along with more than a few humorous moments.” —VOYA on Rules of Attraction

“Elkeles pens plenty of tasteful, hot scenes . . . that keep the pages turning.” —Kirkus Reviews on Perfect Chemistry

“Smoldering doesn't quite do justice to the romantic banter.” —School Library Journal on Perfect Chemistry

“Teens with a taste for romance will eat this up like ice cream on a hot day.” —Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books on Perfect Chemistry

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

Product Details

Walker & Company
Publication date:
Perfect Chemistry Series , #2
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 8.58(h) x 1.15(d)
HL680L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years


Meet the Author

Simone Elkeles is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Better Than Perfect, the Perfect Chemistry series, Leaving Paradise series, and How to Ruin series. All three books in the Perfect Chemistry series have been YALSA Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers, and the Illinois Association of Teachers of English named Simone 2008 Author of the Year. Simone's funny way of looking at the world shines through in novels that are bursting with sarcastic wit, edgy characters, and exhilarating drama.
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Rules of Attraction 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 815 reviews.
BookJunkie5418 More than 1 year ago
My Favorite book of course is Perfect chemistry but the sequel is just as great. Simone develops characters that are hard to forget. I finished this book in 1 day and i cannot wait for the third book. You dont have to read PC to get into the 2nd book, its just that good!!! Simone Elkeles is definitely my favortie author and any book of hers are all great.. I truly Truly RECOMMEND this book for anyone who is looking for another great, hot, sexy ,edgy, sweet romance! Love My Fuentes Boys <3 Z.Lopez Ps. & stay tuned because the sequel to Leaving Paradise which will be called RETURN TO PARADISE is coming out early SEptemeber!
JAnnJT More than 1 year ago
When I read Perfect Chemistry I loved it. Then I found out she was writing a trilogy I was ecstatic. Though to be honest when I first read about Rules of Attraction I was like it's not going to be as good (kind of a copycat to the first) but it wasn't. In fact I thought it was better than the first. The good part is you don't need to read Perfect Chemistry first to understand this book, though it will help you to understand who Alex and Brittany are and what they've been through. It's a great easy read with a lot of laugh out loud moments. WARNING: Does contain F words.
EllzReadz More than 1 year ago
My thoughts...Let me start by saying I did not read the first book in the series, Perfect Chemistry. I am sure it would have given me better expectations of the second book, but it was not necessary. These novels can stand alone. Simone Elkeles knows how to write the ultimate bad boy. Carlos finds himself struggling to get out of gang life and out of his bad boy ways. While he is tough and packed full of attitude, readers periodically catch glimpses of his softer side, which makes him so likable. The other character we get perspectives from is Kiara, who is the total opposite of Carlos. While she is not your average girly girl, she is definitely a good daughter. The two of them have one of those against all odds relationships. The plot of Rules of Attraction moved at a quick, enjoyable pace. This book offers something for everyone, even male readers. The chapters alternate point-of-view between Carlos and Kiara. The story takes us into a journey into the life of someone who is trying to avoid gang life. At times, I felt truly afraid for Carlos due to the danger he and his loved ones were facing. Aside from the dangerous side, this is also a love story, a sort of modern Romeo and Juliet tale. Rules of Attraction is a beautifully written tale sure to enjoyed be a variety of readers. Lastly, I feel like I should mention that the book is for older YA readers. These characters experience some extreme situations. As a result, there is quite a bit of adult language, drug abuse, and some violence. Readers will also read several sexual situations. They are not very graphic, but I would not recommend it for younger readers.
XXXOOOBookwormOOOXXX More than 1 year ago
Carlos and Kiara definitely have chemistry and appeal together. Kiara is kind of a tomboy. She loves working on her car, she enjoys being with her family, she loves the outdoors, but she also wants to go to Homecoming and Prom. Those are important to her. Carlos in many ways cannot believe he is attracted to Kiara as she is very, very different from the girls in his life in the past. She is not a party girl, a drunken idiot, or someone who just wants to sleep with him. She has goals and dreams and he cannot help think he is the wrong guy for her. Kiara is excited for her senior year. She finally has control over her stuttering. Sure, her new boyfriend just broke up with her but she is still going to make it a great year. Until she meets Carlos, who is not only a student at school with her, but he is now living with her. Let the games, and the chemistry, begin. The danger in Rules of Attraction isn't quite as palpable and immediate as it was in Perfect Chemistry, but the bit of mystery surrounding it keeps you in suspense, though the action at the climax is tense and a bit unexpected. At its heart, this book is more about Carlos' gradual change of mind concerning his attitude and behavior as he falls in love with Kiara. He changes quite a bit as a character, which is gratifying to see, and the actual romance is steamy and naughty in just the right amount--an excellent mix of humor and rebellion. Like in Perfect Chemistry, Elkeles includes an epilogue set far in the future that is a little cheesy, but cute, that will leave readers with a happy feeling and hopes for a novel about the third Fuentes brother, Luis.     
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was hilarious, sad, and just as romantic as the first! Even though I loved the main character carlos, I still found myself wishing that they would tell more about alex and brittany! I loved this book to death, but I felt that perfect chemistry was better! I felt the love intrest in this book wasnt as compelling as it was in perfect chemistry. I'm not saying that this book was amazing, because it derinitely was! I reccommend that you read this book, because it's one of those books that you'll be reading over and over again!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just like the first book, this story was very interesting and addicting. I couldnt put it down. Everything was just so detailed and had me wanting more. However, i was kind of upset that the story wasnt longer and im ssd that it ended soon :( i recommend this to every teenager!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great from start to finish. The plot, even though very similar to Perfect Chemistry, was givin a new jolt of laughter and amuzement by the new charaters introduced. Cant what fot the squeal.
SeeMichelleRead More than 1 year ago
Rules of Attraction starts off with a bang: readers of Perfect Chemistry will immediately recognize Carlos as Alex's hot-headed, thrill-seeking younger brother who is ready and eager to make his mark. After losing his job and falling into trouble with a gang in Mexico, Carlos suddenly finds himself in the white-bread, upper-class high school in Boulder, Colorado and it's the last place he ever wanted to be. But Carlos is ready to make the best of things: he's happy to spend his days flirting with co-eds while bunking with his brother at the university until a search at school reveals a stash of drugs in his locker. With the threat of juvie hanging over his head, Carlos is forced to attend an after-school program for at-risk youth and agrees - under duress - to move in with one of Alex's old college professors in hopes of helping him to 'straighten' out. But wait. There's more. *rubs hands together deviously* Kiara Westford loves her family, her best friend, the great outdoors, and most of all the vintage car she is restoring. But she doesn't exactly love her shy, good girl persona. For her senior year, she's decided to step out of her shell where step number one is to volunteer to show a new student around Flatiron High. Who turns out to be none other than too-cool-for-you Carlos Fuentes. The two mix about as well as oil and water; wherein Carlos leaves Kiara eternally frustrated and maybe both a bit amused after each exchange. But just when she's decided to wash her hands of this hunky bad-boy for good, Kiara discovers that her professor father has decided to invite Carlos to live with them after his most recent brush with the law. Oh boy. Undeniably, Rules of Attraction was a page-turner. I am a sucker for the good girl/bad boy scenario and although I was nervous it wouldn't be played out as well as in Perfect Chemistry, I was in for a pleasant surprise with Carlos and Kiara. Their seemingly simple story could easily have come across as campy and predictable but nothing of the sort occurs - Simone Elkeles is extremely talented at what she does. Her dialogue is snappy and engaging, her pranks perfect, and her characters! Her characters are utterly unforgettable. Both are believable as teens from vastly different worlds, struggling to understand each other. Kiara especially is made of some tough stuff. Having been setup as a shy wallflower, she could have easily been dominated by Carlos' larger than life personality - but no, Kiara holds her own, giving as good as she gets in an inspiring, girl-power kinda way. And the attraction between these two? Sizzling. Scorching. Have a fan ready. Like I said, it's some good bookcrack. And I just can't finish without mentioning this truly striking cover. It has got to be one of my most favorite of the year in fact. The barely contained movement and the stillness of passion are just so lovely. And kissing in the rain? Sa-woon baby. What makes it even more special is that it captures a real-live moment from the novel itself! How astounding (and refreshing) is that?!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
after perfect chemistry, there's the two first chapters of rules of attraction. just from there, you can tell that the book is going to be AMAZING. i can not wait for april to come.
BookwormAF More than 1 year ago
Of some of you that may not know this is a sequel to the book perfect chemistry. I loved both books but i think the first one is better. So if u think u loved rhis check that one out!!!
Haley McNorton More than 1 year ago
This book was ok but the first book is way better.
Elizabeth Mentado More than 1 year ago
Its an amazing book....and cant wait for the next one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great love it you should realy get it its awsome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVE IT!!!!! This is my fave out of all of the perfect chemistry books! I love how Kiara is the typical good girl but falls  in love with the bad boy. I absolutely love how the chapters switch from Kiara's point of view to carlos's. Definitely recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This one is definetly the best of the three!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutly love this series. This one is probably my favorite. I love Carlos... deffinitly my favorite brother.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Better than the first
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. I admit that it was not nearly as good as the first but I still had a fun time with it. Just like Perfect Chemistry I finished it in one sitting and loved every minute of it. The characters were well developed and I liked that I could still hear the voices of Brittany and Alex as they were in the last book, even if they are more grown up and responsible now. There is a lot of good, intense moments and funny interaction between Carlos and Kiara as well instances when they are not together. There was some small confusion in the middle where you aren't really sure of Carlos's feeling but then her is in love with her all of a sudden but it's still a fun read. I really hope that there will be another story like this, maybe for Luis or one of these two couples' children.
ehanog More than 1 year ago
If you loved Perfect Chemistry you will love Rules of Attraction. The story continues with Alex's brother he's lost and trying to find who he is. The story is juicy and full of intense romance just like the first. You fall in love with these characters instantly and don't want to put the book down. I finished it in a matter of a few hours, it was that good!
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Usually i dont read second books like this. Like carlos and his lov life. But this was amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
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