Saturday, June 18, 2011

Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles

What is it about the Fuentas Brothers that just makes you swoon?  This is the second book in the series about the middle brother Carlos Fuentas from Simone Elkeles.  Elkeles writes such multi-layered realistic characters that you really can feel apart of the story.  Her story is always so real I feel like I know what it is like to be in the situations of Carlos.  Normally, a book about a deviant from society who dabbles in drugs and has gang ties wouldn't be my cup of tea.  But the Fuentas brothers always has a lot of depth and a heart of gold under a funny sarcastic wit.  They love loyally and deeply which probably answers my question.  They fight to protect their family and friends with fierceness. 
Carlos Fuentas is sent to live with his brother in Boulder, CO. where Alex goes to college.  His Mom hopes that Alex can get Carlos back on the path to better his life as she knows he has ties to a gang in Mexico.  Carlos enrolls in school and meets Kiara as a peer abassador for his first week.  Kiara is a strong self confident girl who isn't afraid to where what she wants and fix cars.  When she is anxious, she stutters and gets self conscious.  Kiara is not the most popular or prettiest girl but she can hold her own with Carlos which he needs.  These two often challenge each other and even dislike each at first.  But once Alex realizes that Kiara is also fiercely protective of her family and loyal the sparks fly.  I don't want to say too much because this book is just terrific.  This book gets under your skin and crawls into your heart.

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