Review: Chain Reaction
Published by Walker Books for Young Readers on August 16th 2011
Genres: Young Adult-Contemporary/Romance
"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?"
Both characters did a lot of growing up in this book. The life lessons they both had to learn left me happy that they finally found each other after all of that trouble. Both had to go on a life journey to find out who they are and who they are meant to be.
In the end, this book is great! I loved reading the obnoxious flirting as well as the love that grew before me. The Fuentes family stuck by each other and they’re loyatly is divine. Luis fought who he was and came into the man he is meant to be. Secrets and a love that started with a knee-kick, Ms. Elkeles delighted me with her wonderful story!
I give it 4 BITES!