Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This multicultural YA book was so intriguing, I couldn't put it down. It involves a Mexican American teen, Carlos, who is taken out of his family home in Chicago, then Mexico, and placed under his brother Alex's watchful eye.
He is assigned a peer guide to help him the lst week of school and Carlos tears this girl, Kiara, up by snubbing her, being rude to her and mocking her every chance he can. But Carlos has a soft, vulnerable side and I really liked how he protects people, he has a strong sense of family loyalty and when he is interested in a girl, watch out! There is alot going on in this book, Carlos' brother got jumped out of the Latino Blood gang to be with his white girlfriend Carlos can't stand. Carlos is framed with drugs in his bookbag and then recruited to sell drugs and if he won't his family in Mexico and Kiara's family will be threatened. Kiara is a well adjusted girl from a wonderful family (imagine that???) who loves a challenge, loves to fix cars, got text-dumped by her boyfriend, has a gay best friend Tuck, and is falling for Carlos, despite his attitude, his Mexican ideas of macho and whatever he can do to turn her on and then turn her off. There are alternating chapters of Carlos and Kiara, this book will not disappoint and I think the reluctant readers and some urban readers will enjoy the drug/gang connection.
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