Rules of Attraction (Perfect Chemistry Series #2)

Rules of Attraction (Perfect Chemistry Series #2)

by Simone Elkeles

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802722904
Publisher: Walker & Company
Publication date: 08/16/2011
Series: Perfect Chemistry Series , #2
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Simone Elkeles is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Perfect Chemistry trilogy, all three of which have been YALSA-ALA Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers, as well as Better Than Perfect. Simone was named Author of the Year by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English. Simone's funny way of looking at the world shines through in novels that are bursting with sarcastic wit, edgy characters, and exhilarating drama.

www.simoneelkeles.com

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Rules of Attraction 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 833 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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TigerLMS on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Carlos Fuentes got involved with a gang in Mexico, and to try and save his future (and his life), she ships high school-age Carlos to Colorado to live with his collegiate brother Alex. Carlos quickly finds himself in trouble again when he is caught with drugs, although he-- and the reader-- know it was a frame-job by a local drug lord who possibly has ties to the Mexican gang Carlos ran away from. To stay out of jail, Carlos agrees to move in with the director of an after-school at-risk program, Professor Westford, and his family. There, Carlos is inexplicably drawn to the professor's daughter, the classic-car restoring granola brainiac Kiera. The budding romance and the suspense of Carlos trying to insulate the Westfords while being pressured by the drug lord make this a page-turning read. Carlos is a particularly memorable character as he battles his outward machismo and inner nice guy that breaks away from the typical stereotypes. Recommended.
skaohee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In Perfect Chemistry, we met Alex Fuentes - the oldest of the three Fuentes brothers but in Rules of Attraction, we get to meet his younger brother, Carlos. Seriously, these two could not be any different. While Alex is swoon-worthy and sweet, Carlos is definitely more rough around the edges - a real bad boy. We follow him when he's pulled from Mexico and brought to Colorado to live with Alex. He gets in some trouble and then goes to stay with Alex's college professor's family, where he meets the professor's teenage daughter. She is nothing like Carlos - she doesn't cut class and she makes good grades. And yet, they have this attraction that can't be denied.Once again, Simone Elkeles blew me away with her ability to make forbidden teenage love seem so real without being overly cheesy or angsty. Carlos and Kiara have this palpable attraction and I found myself loving them even more than I loved Alex and Brittany. And I really like that Simone was able to create a new conflict for Carlos than Alex had previously endured, because it would have been easy to just re-write Perfect Chemistry with Carlos as the main character.On a side note - I LOVE the audiobook for this one!If you loved, Perfect Chemistry, or if you love love stories, this one is a great pick!
momgamerwriter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/WriterRating: 5 out of 5 ControllersReview Source: PurchasedReviewer:JenniferSimone Elkeles does it again with the Rules of Attraction. Set two years after her hit Perfect Chemistry, Rules of Attraction tells the story of Carlos Fuentes and Kiara Westford.After losing his job at the local sugar mill, Carlos family decides to send him to Boulder, Colorado to live with his older brother Alex. Upon arriving, Carlos makes it known that he is not happy about living in Boulder and intends to do anything he chooses. Upon starting at the local high school, Carlos meets Kiara. After only a week at school, Carlos is falsely accused and nearly suspended from school. As a result, he is sent to live with Alex¿s former teacher Mr.Westford and his family. Though Carlos intends not to become close to anyone, he soon finds that Kiara isn¿t someone who can scare away.Kiara is not the type of girl Carlos is used to. Instead of shopping for the latest fashion, she prefers working on her 1973 Monte Carlo, hiking the Colorado Mountains, and spending time with her parents¿ younger brother Brandon and best friend Tucker. After her boyfriend Michael breaks up with her via text message, she is determined to make herself know for something other than her lack of style and stuttering. After working with a speech therapist all summer, Kiara is ready to start the school year fresh. When Carlos moves in with Kiara¿s family, the pair begins a relationship that neither can explain.Simone, once again, does a great job expressing teenage relationships and the reality of gang life. She tells the story of the newest Fuentes brother and his developing relationship with a few old favorites. If you enjoyed Perfect Chemistry, you¿ll love Rules of Attraction.
Jasprit on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was good, it had a lot of similarities to perfect chemistry, but I didn't think anything could top perfect chemisty, I'm not too sure now. Again I loved it how you got both Carlos' and Kiara's perspective and I'm glad Alex and Brittany were in some of it. Simone Elkeles is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors. I'm eagerly anticipating the third book now!
Annesanse on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really liked both Perfect Chemistry and Rules of Attraction. Those Fuentes brothers are hot! There's just something about a guy with a rough, tough exterior and a super big heart that you can't help but love. I think I liked Carlos even more than I liked Alex, (and Kiera was pretty awesome too) but I think I liked the story of Perfect Chemistry slightly better. This one was just slightly less intense all around. Sometimes I dislike when the author brings previous leading characters back as secondary characters because I tend to find them boring or cheesy (or both.) This book was no exception. Alex was just boring, and Brittany seemed shallow and cheesy. Aside from those things, I really did enjoy the story and feel of the book. Also, I especially liked Kiera's dad and her little brother, Brandon. Both were great characters. Some of my favorite parts were when Carlos was interacting with Brandon. As for the audio aspect of the book (I listened to this one), I really liked the male narrator! He was very authentic sounding. I liked the female during the parts she was reading Kiera. However, I found her voices for Carlos and also Kiera's mom pretty annoying. I really can't wait to read Luis's story!