Title: Rules of Attraction
Author: Simone Elkeles
Hardcover, Walker & Company
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
Oh my goodness. Love this book!
Okay, so I wasn't expecting much of it to begin with. I loved the first one so much and I've had a history of being disappointed with the sequel. But this book, this book brings hope that squalls will once more be grand!
This is the story of Carlos Fuentes, Alex's high school senior little brother, and high school senior Kiara.
Kiara is your basic high school senior, with a slight speech problem. Carlos is your basic Mexican gang member. They would have never picked one another as someone they would go out with.
When circumstances beyond them control bring them under the same roof, they can't recognize one another.
The book is amazing. I loved it so much, and as a native Spanish speaker, it was amazingly correct. Well there was one exception, but it could actually depend on what it really means. I'm glad to say that I've learned a lot of things from this book. Due to my growing up in the States, I'm not that advanced in the Mexican slang and well reading Simone Elkeles has finally caught me up to the language of my cousins.
I personally connected with the book, and I'm thinking that's what made me love it so much. It wasn't just how well written it was, or how there was a believable romance, or how I was basically engaged into the story that when I took a break and returned to my room, for a moment I was trying to remember what channel I had been watching. That's how good it was, I could see everything playing out in my head.
I'm giving this 4.5 out of 5 stars and am recommending it to everyone who loves a romance, wants to learn Spanish or just looking for a good sequel.