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Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles Review

Chain Reaction - Simone Elkeles

Goodreads Synopsis: Luis Fuentes is a good boy who doesn't live with the angst that his big brothers, Alex and Carlos, have always lived with. Luis is smart, funny, and has big dreams of becoming an astronaut. But when he falls for the wrong girl,

Luis enters a dark world he's never known, and just when he thinks he's got life all figured out, learns some disturbing news about his family that destroys his positive outlook on life. Will that Fuentes bad boy streak come out with a vengeance and lure Luis to live on the edge like his new girlfriend and his own father?

 

 

Review:

 

Okay so I didn’t like the first book very much but was willing to give it the benefit of the doubt and read the second book, liked that a bit more so moved on to the third, with this one I felt like I was reading the first one again and not in a good way.

 

Lets start at the beginning….We have Nikki who has not had a great experience with a boyfriend in the past who chose to be in a gang over her and in the process broke her heart. She has a distrust of guys in general especially ones who say ‘I love you’ …Okay understandable because of what she went through but her putting every Mexican guy she comes across in the same category as her ex was so stupid! I did not like her character one bit, I really wanted to but it just didn’t happen.

 

Then we have Luis the youngest brother in the Fuentes family, he is an adrenaline junkie with great abs and a face that makes all the girls swoon, nothing new there. However, unlike his brothers Luis has his future planned out. He has big dreams of going to college and becoming an astronaut, so why would a boy this smart and this determined join a gang? Your guess is as good as mine!

 

This whole storyline just didn’t make sense! Not only that but the gang storyline got seriously old. I understood Alex and Carlos getting mixed up in that as they thought of that as their future but Luis is way too smart to get himself in that mess. I know he only joined to find out information (stupid excuse) but the author could have come up with something else to keep it interesting.

 

I was hoping going into this that we would get a flipped situation where we have a good boy from the north side who meets a sassy girl from the south side and the trials and tribulations of that relationship. Instead we got the same tired storyline of the first two books, yawn!

 

Also what was that epilogue? It seemed like the author was setting us up for a story about Junior but that obviously wasn’t where she was going with it. It was really random and unnecessary.

 

I know it seems like I’m totally dissing this series but I don’t mean to. A lot of people loved this series but unfortunately it just wasn’t for me.