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"Rules of Attraction" review

Hey guys!  It’s Alex, here with the review of the next Perfect Chemistry novel, “Rules of Attraction” (Simone Elkeles).  Now, when I opened up this book and saw the words “A New York Times Bestseller” printed across the cover, I thought, “New York Times Bestseller?  Wow.  How did that happen?”  
It’s easy to see why.  Carlos Fuentes, now a senior in high school, has been sent to live in his brother’s apartment (in Colorado, where Alex is happily attending college and dating Brittany) by his mother to keep him out of trouble.  But Carlos can’t seem to stay away from the same types of gangs that once tormented his brother, and he’s getting into all sorts of trouble.  Basically, Elkeles’ second antihero is the classic bad boy that girls squeal over.  
And then there’s Kiara Westford, the rich, good girl daughter of Professor Westford, a teacher at Alex’s school.  She’s no Brittany Ellis though–she’s not particularly pretty, she’s certainly not popular (her only friend is a guy named Tuck), she’s quiet and self conscious because of her subtle yet noticeable stutter, and lastly, she has a good relationship with both of her parents, unlike rebelling Brittany from the first book.  Another thing–Kiara isn’t like Brittany in the sense that girls can actually relate to her.  I mean, I feel sorry for Brittany, but I’m sure that twice the number of girls have been in Kiara’s situation where they don’t feel good about themselves, and would just love to be in her predicament with Carlos.
Unfortunately, Kiara’s relativity and Carlos’ Carlos-ness (a.k.a sexiness) are the only things I could see that made this book a bestseller.  The entire idea of Carlos coming to live with the Westfords after being framed for drug possession (you’ll see when you read) is entirely unrealistic, and the fact that Professor Westford doesn’t kick out Carlos after he fools around with Kiara and acts like a jerk is astonishing.  Although I’m sure lots of girls squealed over Carlos, I found him unappealing, and I lost all respect for Kiara when she has sex with Carlos instead of breaking up with him for his general moodiness.  Finally, I felt like the side-plot with the gang Carlos joins is irrelevant and thrown in so the book isn’t entirely a romance.
Oh yeah, and there’s the usual swearing/explicit content that should have been censored out.
Overall, I’d give this book one and a half out of four cookies.  It wasn’t nearly as good as Perfect Chemistry, but I still have hopes for the third (and final) book in the series, “Chain Reaction”, which I will be reviewing next week.
Happy reading!!!!

"Perfect Chemistry" Review

Hi guys! It’s Alex, here with the (hopefully?) anticipated review of “Perfect Chemistry,” by Simone Elkeles.

“Perfect Chemistry,” is your classic Romeo and Juliet. Brittany Ellis and Alex Fuentes are from separate sides of Fairfield, Illinois. Brittany is the girl you’ve always wanted to be: pretty, popular, (sort-of) smart, and to top it off, she has a supermegafoxyhotawesome (just you watch, it’ll be a word one day) boyfriend, Colin. But there’s something about her that no one knows: she has a sister with cerebral palsy, and her parents expect her to be perfect to make up for her sister’s loss. And then there’s Alex. To anyone on Brittany’s side of town, he’s the scariest guy ever–a Mexican gangster who terrorizes innocent people and doesn’t care about the effects of the bad things he does. But there’s more to Alex, just like there is to Brittany: the gang he’s apart of haunts his past, wrecks his present, and destroys his future. And he’s too preoccupied with keeping his family safe and out of the gang to worry about grades or a social life.

Unfortunately, Alex and Brittany only see each other for what’s on the outside–at first. When their chemistry teacher forces them to be lab partners for the rest of the year, their secrets come gushing out at full force–as does a repressed attraction for one another. Can they get through the obstacles in their way and find true love, or will they end up right where they started–as people forced to live a lie?
I’ve got to say, this was a good book. It was one of those books that you just can’t put down, and I finished it within a matter of hours. The characters (and by characters I mean Alex) are completely irresistible, and the plot is quickly paced enough so that the reader is on the edge of their seat, but not so that it’s unrealistic.

I felt that the author could have accented the gang more. If it dominates Alex’s life so much, why don’t they send him on more errands, and how do they not notice when he becomes involved with Brittany? And vice-versa–I would have liked to see a bit more of Brittany’s life too. Also, there were some parts of the book that were wildly inappropriate for a young adult audience. I mean, I don’t care about a little cussing (come on, we’ve all heard it in school so what’s the point), but this book had at least thirty swear words in every chapter, as well as some– ahem–explicit content. Let’s just say–I had to skip over the part where Brittany and Alex [CENSORED], it was so awkward to read.

But other than that, I really don’t have complaints–I adored this book, and I am looking forward to sharing my review on the sequels, “Rules of Attraction” and “Chain Reaction.” Overall, I’d give the book three out of four cookies–there was room for improvement, but I was still sighing at the very magical, romantic ending (see for yourself ;D ).
Thanks for reading the review, and check back in next week for my review on “Rules of Attraction”, by Simone Elkeles.

Happy reading, Alex

"Someone Like You" Book Review

Hey guys! So sorry this review is two weeks late–I’ve been home sick for a while :( But, nonetheless, I have pulled through with my super-awesome-reviewing-powers to give you my review of “Someone Like You,” by Sarah Dessen.

Now, I’m not a huge fan of Sarah Dessen novels. “The Truth About Forever” bored me to death, so when I opened up this book, I thought it would be some mundane tale where a girl loses all her self respect when clashing heads with the class bad boy, fights her parents to defend him, and then runs off with him even though he cheats on her twice throughout the book. But I was pleasantly surprised with “Someone Like You.” It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t terrible. Here’s what you need to know about the book before I start in with anything:

Halley and Scarlett are best friends, and have been for what seems like forever. Scarlett has always been the more confident of the two: she’s seemingly prettier, smarter, and manages to snag the most popular guy in their school–Michael–by the end of the year. But Halley doesn’t mind. She’s never been one for the spotlight and is content to lurk in Scarlett’s shadows. But when Michael suddenly dies in a motorcycle accident, and Scarlett finds out a few weeks later that she’s carrying his baby, Halley will have to be there for Scarlett more than ever–from driving her to wellness visits, to dealing with old friends and failed relationships, and even just providing a feeling of comfort, will Halley be able to live up to the task?

Okay, so like Montana usually does, I’ll start with the negatives. I didn’t really appreciate the cliche’d “good girl falls for bad boy” thing here that Dessen incorporated with Macon (Michael’s best friend) and Halley, and I felt no sympathy for Halley and her failed relationship with her mother–after all, it was technically Halley’s fault that the relationship was weakened (and that’s all I’ll say about it). Plus, I felt Cameron, a French student who helps take care of Scarlett in the weeks leading up to her birth, wasn’t really an important character.

However, that’s really all the negative points I can come up with. I loved “Someone Like You.” I liked the theme of making mistakes and trying to repair them (Scarlett regrets having sex, even though she is excited for her baby to come), and I liked how Halley almost succumbs to an idea she isn’t comfortable with, but then realizes how foolish she’s being and breaks up with her boyfriend (sorry if you’re confused; I just really don’t want to give anything away!) Overall, the book was realistic enough to have actually happened, but provided a sense of magical realism (Halley’s comet, Grace’s birth, the perfection of the whole thing) to leave the reader in awe.

Sorry this review was late, guys! Tune in next week to read my review of “Perfect Chemistry” by Simone Elkeles.

Happy reading,

"The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight" Book Review

Hi, Montana here! Happy late New Year to everybody! Now for the book review:the book that I got right when it came out because of the buzz it was creating in the internet world was "The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight". I was super excited to read it and it was definitely a pretty cute book. 

The girl, Hadley, has to attend her dad's wedding to the same women he left her mom for. (This stinks, right!?) She wants to get it over with as soon as possible, but a delayed flight causes destiny to intervene and her to spend the flight with a boy named Oliver. I thought it was really cool how the book was told over a twenty-four hour period and I liked the topic presented of how much can change because of the smallest things. However, I couldn't stand her dad and his new wife. I find it so incredibly selfish what they both did. Isn't marriage a promise? Why would her mom want her own daughter to attend their wedding? Besides that, I find the book to be really well written and entertaining. I liked the main characters and thought they were good for each other. I would give this three and a half stars out of five. It's a cute book that is fun to read when you want to look for one of those "aww" books.My co-blogger, Alex, will also be posting her review sometime soon. Thanks!

Happy Reading!