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Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles

Although I really enjoyed the (on my part) much-anticipated Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles (2010), the magic from Perfect Chemistry isn't there. (See my review of Perfect Chemistry here.)

Set two years after Perfect Chemistry, Rules of Attraction has Alex's brother Carlos joining him in Colorado after getting into serious problems in Mexico. Carlos seems more hostile and bitter, more into the whole gang experience than Alex. And, not surprisingly, he has problems in Colorado, too.

Eventually, Carlos goes to live with one of Alex's college professors and his family when a judge rules that Carlos can't continue living with Alex in student subsidized housing. The professor's daughter, Kiara, originally Carlos' peer tour guide at his new high school, is exactly what he never expected to like--into fixing cars, best friends with a gay guy, lives in baggy shirts, etc. Frankly, she's nice.

Can Carlos leave the gang-influenced lifestyle behind?

And, yes, for everyone who appreciates the book cover, there's a scene in the book on which the cover is based. For those of you who enjoyed the epilogue at the end of Perfect Chemistry, there's also one at the end of Rules of Attraction.

Learn more at the author's site here.

See my listing of books read for the 2010 YA Challenge here.

My overall personal rating of Rules of Attraction is a B.


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