~Amanda, Teen Book Reviewer
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles
Chain Reaction is the third novel in the Perfect Chemistry set. Although it is convenient to have a background with the characters and setting, it is not necessary to read the first two books in order to enjoy this one. It is said that behind every untrusting girl is a boy who made her that way. This is the case with Nikki Cruz, a girl whose experiences in past relationships have caused her to avoid boy trouble at all costs. Enter Luis Fuentes. The youngest and most ambitious of the three Fuentes brothers, Luis is an adrenaline junkie who is always looking for a new challenge. His most recent challenge is to get Nikki Cruz to fall for him as hard as he has fallen for her. Although this is a story of modern star-crossed lovers, this is not just about a poor boy from the south side falling in love with a privileged girl from the north side. The story is woven with many twists and surprises, especially when Luis gets involved with the Latino Blood, the gang that nearly destroyed his family a few years ago. Simone Elkeles is a very talented writer who knows how to play up her strengths. Her love stories are extremely romantic, humorous, and realistic. Her characters are multi-dimensional, constantly changing, and very interesting. I love that her stories have many facets and never become boring plot-wise. One thing Elkeles most definitely needs to improve are her epilogues. This one was sappy, boring, and quite predictable. Overall, Chain Reaction was an awesome read that kept me flipping pages in order to find out what happened next.