Series: Perfect Chemistry #2
Published by Simon and Schuster on 2011-10-27
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Young Adult
(description from Amazon): In this sequel to Perfect Chemistry (Walker, 2009), Elkeles once again delivers a steamy page-turner bound to make teens swoon. After getting involved with a dangerous gang in Mexico, Carlos Fuentes is sent to live in Colorado with his older brother, Alex. Unwilling to straighten up and abide by Alex's rules, he soon gets into trouble when he is framed for narcotics possession by a drug lord with powerful gang ties. Carlos avoids expulsion from high school by living with Alex's former instructor, Professor Westford, and his family, and attending an after-school program for at-risk teens. Romance ensues when tough-talking, authority-flouting Carlos finds himself inexplicably drawn to Kiara, the professor's studious, outdoorsy, and vintage-car-loving daughter. Unfortunately, love is complicated, because while Carlos wants to be with Kiara, he is also struggling to extricate himself from the grasp of the drug lord who framed him. After he is seriously beaten up, he, Alex, and Professor Westford concoct a plan to bring the drug lord to justice. As in Perfect Chemistry, the brothers' dialogue is infused with plenty of Spanish, but it's clear in context. The ending is somewhat contrived and rushed, and minor characters are not as well developed. However, the passion between Carlos and Kiara, who tell their story in alternating narratives, is compelling enough to engage teens, especially those who were taken with Alex and Brittany's romance in the previous book.
I’m going to repeat here what I put on goodreads. I could pick this book apart if I wanted to, but the simple fact is I don’t want to. I really enjoyed this book. I read it in less than a day and I loved it. I love the characters. They were great! Yes, there were so many things that could have been better and more realistic, but coming from someone who reads mostly fantasy with werewolves and vampires who the hell am I to talk about realistic stories?
The whole thing seemed to be a little rushed because we’re talking about two teenagers who fall so deeply and completely and madly in love within just a few weeks. That’s NOT realistic, but it sure as hell makes for an interesting and gripping read. I thought it was great!