Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles – REVIEW

Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles
Release Date: August 16th, 2011
Walker Books, 310 Pages
Sub-genre: Contemporary
Source: Bought the Audiobook
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Perfect Chemistry #3

Like his brothers, Luis Fuentes is a risk taker; whether he’s scaling the Rocky Mountains or dreaming of a future as an astronaut, Luis is always looking for the next thrill.

Nikki Cruz lives her life by certain rules ― don’t trust a boy who says “I love you”, boys lie to get their own way and never date a boy from the south side of Fairfield. Then she meets Luis at his brother Alex’s wedding and suddenly she’s tempted to break all her rules.

Getting Nikki to give him a chance is Luis’s biggest challenge, until he finds himself targeted by the head of the gang that nearly destroyed his brothers’ lives. Will Luis’s feelings for Nikki be enough to stop him from entering a dark and violent world that could prove to be the ultimate risk?

Chain Reaction is the final book in the Perfect Chemistry series and it follows the baby brother, Luis, as he gets readjusted to the Chicago suburb that was introduced in Perfect Chemistry. It also follows Nikki Cruz, a girl of Latino heritage, but who lives on the “white and rich” part of town. This is the story of how despite all odds, Luis and Nikki can be together if that’s what they want.

I think it goes without saying that Simone Elkeles knows how to make a good love story – especially the “forbidden” kind. But I think what I really liked about this book was Nikki. She wasn’t some goody goody girl who was shy or quiet; she was assertive and she wasn’t perfect. She is what really made the book for me.

This isn’t my favorite in the series (that honor belongs to Rules of Attraction) and I didn’t necessarily like the “twist” at the end, but I’m glad I read it because I really needed the closure to the story of the Fuentes brothers that it provides.

If you’ve read the other two books, you definitely want to pick this one up.

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