Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles | Book Review

12:44 PM
Pages: 326, Paperback
Publication date: August 16th, 2011 (first published, April 13th, 2010)
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers 
How I got the copy: Bought
Rating:  5/5 stars
Series: Perfect Chemistry #2

When Carlos Fuentes returns to America after living in Mexico for the past year, he doesn't want any part of the life his older brother, Alex, has laid out for him in Colorado. When he meets Kiara Westford, a good girl totally unlike any of the girls he's usually drawn to, Carlos assumes Kiara thinks she's too good for him. But will he put his pride aside when he realizes that being with Kiara might finally allow him to be his true self?

I highly enjoyed Rules of Attraction! I enjoy the writing style and the feel this way about each of Simone Elkeles' novels so far. What I can tell from this series, her novels are unique while following the traditional YA contemporary romance plot of, bad boy meets good girl. Elkeles knows how to make you feel the feels! She uses the characters to radiate emotions rather than narrating it to the reader. I love YA contemporary and YA romances and this book tugged on my heart strings (is that a thing? heart strings?). 

Rules of Attraction is told in dual perspective and I love when books feature this. I really enjoy reading from both main characters perspective and how different each character feels during the same situation. Throughout the book there were Spanish words and short sentences to tie in to one of the family's culture and, since I am and know some Spanish, I loved this feature within both the books of this series (so far).

Carlos' character was very cocky and at times very corny (more so than Alex from this first book) but I felt this happened more at the beginning and settled down throughout the book. When Carlos was corny, it wasn't always over the top, it was just enough and the amazing story would continue. 

There was a section in the last quarter of the book where I was losing interest but the ending redeemed itself by picking up in pace again.

I think the novel wrapped up very nicely and I can say Simone Elkeles has become one of my favourite authors.


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