Review of Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles

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Review of Rules of Attraction by Simone ElkelesRules Of Attraction by Simone Elkeles
Series: Perfect Chemistry #2
Published by Simon and Schuster on 2011-10-27
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
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Carlos Fuentes isn't happy about leaving Mexico to start the

If you are a good girl/boy, I’ll bet you’ve had a crush on a bad boy/girl. What is unknown holds a certain attraction. I am down with this. Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles is of course a good girl meets bad boy story. Let’s be real here, we already know how it is going to end, since these books all end the same way, so what really matters is how Elkeles takes us there.

Carlos Fuentes meets with some trouble in Mexico and has been sent to live in Boulder, Colorado with his brother Alex. Alex’s studio apartment, however, is not suited for keeping Carlos out of trouble. Carlos is then sent to live with the Westfords.

Kiara Westford is a good girl who gets good grades. She is definitely not in the popular crowd like Brittany from Perfect Chemistry was. She stutters. She is a walking fashion disaster. However, she’s got spunk. I like that she’s comfortable with who she is.

Sparks of course fly between the two as they trade barbs. Kiara gets on Carlos’s nerves and into his head. I found this to be irresistible. At heart, I guess I am a romantic. The adorable absolutely got to me. Also, I enjoyed how the chapters of Rules Of Attraction by Simone Elkelesalternated between Carlos and Kiara. It’s cool seeing both sides.

However, I felt the writing got to be a bit heavy handed at times, and a bit snort-worthy. However, the heavy hand is not prevalent throughout the entire book of Rules ofAttraction. I read Rules of Attraction in one sitting. In comparison with Perfect Chemistry, I think I enjoyed Perfect Chemistry more. But Rules Of Attraction by Simone Elkeles definitely did not disappoint. Now, I would not advise buying this in hardcover, because it’s such a QUICK read, but paperback, yes absolutely.

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About April (Books&Wine)

April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. I'm not sure if this is out in paperback just yet (since I ended up with the hardcover edition too). Ah! I've heard so many good reviews and so many people liked this more than Perfect Chemistry…! Makes me a little nervous to read this one!

  2. Michelle says

    This one way enjoyable for me but I wasn't blown away by it or anything. In contrast, I too enjoyed Perfect Chemistry much much more. I felt that there was more going on and I very much prefer Brittany to Kiara.

  3. Thanks for the review. New follower. Found you through Chick Loves Lit and she told me it was your birthday today! So I am wishing you a Happy Birthday!!! May you get many books!!!
    Sue B

  4. YA Vampire Books says

    Great review! I loved Perfect Chemistry, and have wanted to read this one since then! 😛
    Btw, HAPPY (Belated) BIRTHDAY!! Hope you had a good one! 🙂

  5. itsJUSTme says

    Yo! April, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!! I saw that it was your birthday from Shanyn's Blog – Chick loves Lit.
    2 comments I want to make right away – I LOVE all the purple!!!!! my favorite color.
    And I saw that you did a review on "The First Part Last" I read that book, i will have go and read your review.
    I hope you have a great birthday! So is the 4th your actual birthday? Like "Born on the 4th of July" Did you ever see that movie with Tom Cruise? It is sooo sad! A very excellent movie though!
    Well here I go – blah blah blah. I will let you go celebrate now!

  6. Excellent review! I got this one at BEA too. Eager to read it.

  7. Sheila (Bookjourney) says

    I want to read this one so bad…. I met Simone in New York and loved what she had to say about her book.



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