RITA Reader Challenge Review

RITA Reader Challenge Review: Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles


Title: Rules of Attraction
Author: Simone Elkeles
Publication Info: Walker Childrens 2010
ISBN: 978-0802720856
Genre: Young Adult

RITA®, and the RITA statuette are service marks of Romance Writers of America, Inc.This RITA® Reader Challenge was written by Ren. English is not Ren’s first language, but Ren really wanted to review this book. Go Ren! This book finaled in the YA category.

Book Cover Plot Summary: Carlos Fuentes doesn’t want any part of the life his older brother, Alex, has laid out for him in Boulder, Colorado. He wants to keep living on the edge, and carve his own path—just like Alex did. Unfortunately, his ties to a Mexican gang aren’t easy to break, and he soon finds himself being set up by a drug lord.

When Alex arranges for Carlos to live with his former professor and his family to keep him from being sent to jail, Carlos feels completely out of place. He’s even more thrown by his strong feelings for the professor’s daughter, Kiara, who is nothing like the girls he’s usually drawn to. But Carlos and Kiara soon discover that in matters of the heart, the rules of attraction overpower the social differences that conspire to keep them apart.

As the danger grows for Carlos, he’s shocked to discover that it’s this seemingly All-American family who can save him. But is he willing to endanger their safety for a chance at the kind of life he’s never even dreamed possible?

And here is Ren’s review:

I’m rarely reading young adult books, since after Twilight hype, it seems almost all YA books follow Twilight pattern: have an annoyed heroine, almost mysterious hero, love triangle, or suddenly all hot guys love the girl! But last year, my friend recommend Simone Elkeles’s Perfect Chemistry to me. It’s not took a long time to me to love Perfect Chemistry and afterward I read the second book, Rules of Attraction.

Rules of Attraction told about teenager life, with drama, school life, teen problem, drugs and many others. The story start 3 years after the event at first book, and tell about the second son in [the] Fuentes family, Carlos Fuentes. He meet Kiara Wesford as his guide at his new school. Carlos [was] not interested [in] her, since Kiara [was] not too pretty (and she always stutter when she nervous). But, after Carlos got punished for the crime that not his fault, and live in Kiara’s home, they become attract to each other. Until Carlos got involved in drug’s war, he know he can’t make Kiara take a risk because of him, even though he love[s] her.

I’m a little bit disappointed, while I really love Alex and Brittany relationship at Perfect Chemistry (both are main character at PC) , Carlos and Kiara’s not strong like their predecessor. Their problem not too complicated like Alex-Brit endured, but still good. It’s still related to gang[s], drug and money, but it’s like side story in this book. Readers who already read Perfect Chemistry (like me), will happy to know their favorite couple , Alex Fuentes and Brittany have their own story too in this book. Simone Elkeles do a good job about them, to tell us, even they already have their happy ending, life is go on. They’re still have problem with their difference and it’s interesting to know how they solve it. Another my favorite character is Tuck, Kiara’s friend. He like comic relief in this book.

Rules of Attraction have a sweet ending and epilogue , like the first book (I don’t want to spoil here of course), that left you smiling. I’m glad to find Simone Elkeles’s books, and she became my favorite author even I just read two of her books. Both Perfect Chemistry and Rules of Attraction can be read for adult readers, since it will remind us when we at high school and have so many morals not just for teenagers but for us who already adult.

Note : This book have sexual contents, but not too explicit, since it [is] for YA readers. It contain sex scene too, but the authors make sure both character practices a safe sex.

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  1. 1
    Gianisa says:

    I don’t know if I’d read this book, but wow!  Ren, your English is really good.  :)  Much better than any of the second languages I’ve tried to learn.

  2. 2
    Melissa says:

    I loved Perfect Chemistry, Alex and Brittany had such a great connection. Plus Alex was a hot, tortured hero who still had honor even though he was in a gang. While I liked Rules of Attraction, Carlos came off more immature because he joined a gang and did bad things just because he wanted to (Alex had to join to protect his family). He came off as sulky and mean sometimes. I wasn’t sold on Carlos and Kiara’s relationship, they seemed more friends than lovers, they just didn’t have the hot chemistry of Alex and Brittany. But I still enjoyed Rules of Attraction and will read the next one featuring the youngest brother

  3. 3
    Maggie says:

    Although English is not your first language, you do well, Ren…

    This Perfect Chemistry is a best YA I love read and re-read…

    Good luck, Ren…

  4. 4
    Estara says:

    Yay for ESL-speakers! ESL-speakers of the world unite! Your thoughts came through loud and clear, Ren! Now I want to guess your nationality…. the only Ren I have heard of is in the Skip Beat manga – so Japanese?!?

  5. 5
    Videl says:

    Ahaayyy… You’re tottaly awesome Ren.. I really envy with your english… hahhah…

    I never read this book before… but, trust me I will… when this book already translated in Indonesian… huahhha…

    nice work Girl!! ^^

  6. 6
    nurmawati djuhawan says:

    love the review ^^

  7. 7
    kim_bab says:

    great review, makes me want to read this book Immediately

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