Thursday, July 12, 2012

Book review: Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles

Summary from Goodreads:
Rules of Attraction (Perfect Chemistry, #2)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.

Rules of Attraction is a sequel to Perfect Chemistry (you can read Mari's review here). Even though you don't really have to read the first book before this one I would recomend it.

My thoughts:

After struggling a bit with the books I've been reading lately I decided to take a break and read something I, after reading the first book by Elkeles, expected to be a light but good and very entertaining read. I have to say I was not dissapointed because I really enjoyed Rules of Attraction even more than Perfect Chemistry. Even though I wasn't as excited as Mari about the first book I liked it a lot. It's been at least couple of years since I read that one but I think I can say for sure that the stories have a lot of similarities and they are indeed a bit predictable as many of these love stories tend to be. I still have to say that Simone Elkeles language makes it all flow very easy and natural. Especially the dialogues between the characters seems very natural to me. Another thing that makes this a good read are the characters, I really believe in them and connect with them. One of the reasons I think I like this book better than the last one is that I prefer Kiara to Brittany. I find her more interesting and sympathetic and she actually reminds me a little of Jordan from Catching Jordan by Miranda Kennealy.

The romance in this book is very cute and hot actually and if you're a teenager yourself you can probably relate and if you're no longer a teenager like me, you can remember your first love or maybe the one that got away;-) The book is also funny and exciting in many ways but if you're not a fan of a good YA-romance you should stay far away from this book.

Checked out at the school library where I work

My review:


  1. Finally! I'm so glad to see someone else who likes this book better than the first one. And I totally agree that it was because of the characters. Kiara is much easier to relate to than Brittany was.

  2. Great review, Silje :) I've been hearing great things about this second installment(actually I've heard that this is one of the few trilogies that gets better with each book).

  3. I've actually not yet read Perfect Chemistry, but you've got me convinced. Thanks!

  4. I really must read one of his books one day

  5. I did like Kiera more than Brittany too, but Alex stole my heart. Not that I don't love all the Fuentes brothers, but I think by meeting Alex first I ended up liking his character the most.

  6. This sounds good and I really love the cover! :)


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