Monday, August 29, 2011

Review: Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles


Luis Fuentes has always been sheltered from the gang violence that nearly destroyed his brothers’ lives. But that didn’t stop him from taking risks—whether he’s scaling a mountain in the Rockies or dreaming of a future as an astronaut, Luis can’t stop looking for the next thrill.

Nikki Cruz lives her life by three rules—boys lie to get their way, don’t trust a boy who says “I love you,” and never date a boy from the south side of Fairfield. Her parents may be from Mexico, but as a doctor’s daughter, she has more in common with her north-side neighbors than the Latino Blood at her school. Then she meets Luis at Alex’s wedding, and suddenly, she’s tempted to break all her rules.

Getting Nikki to take a chance on a southsider is Luis’s biggest challenge, until he finds himself targeted by Chuy Soto, the new head of the Latino Blood. When Chuy reveals a disturbing secret about Luis’s family, the youngest Fuentes finds himself questioning everything he’s ever believed to be true. Will his feelings for Nikki be enough to stop Luis from entering a dark and violent world and permanently living on the edge?


Simone Elkeles is one of my favorite authors. Whenever I see that she has another book coming out, I immediately go and pre-order it because I just have to read it. The Perfect Chemistry series is a favorite series of mine.

I absolutely fell in love again with this novel. Simone Elkeles is a genius. I'm not even kidding. The way she writes makes you fall in love with the characters. While reading these books, I laugh, cry, and get so mad I want to throw them against the wall. (And I have to say, I did almost throw this one against the wall a few times lol.) I get so connected to these characters that I never want the story to end.

Chain Reaction is a must read for any young adult reader. My only hope is that Simone Elkeles will continue on the Perfect Chemistry series with the Fuentes' brothers children, because I definitely do not want this series to end anytime soon. As you can tell, this one is a definite recommendation from me. You just can't go wrong with Simone Elkeles... I am anxiously awaiting her next novel already.

Grade: A+ 

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