Carlos Fuentes idolized his older brother, Alex, when he was a member of the Latino Blood. So when Alex chose to get jumped out of the gang for a chance at a future with his gringa girlfriend, Brittany, Carlos felt shocked and betrayed. Even worse, Alex forced Carlos to come back from Mexico to join him on the straight and narrow path. Trouble is, Carlos just wants to keep living on the edge. And ties to his Mexican gang aren?t easy to break, even hundreds of miles away in Colorado.In Boulder, Carlos has to live with one of Alex?s college professors ? and he feels completely out of place. He?s even more thrown by his strong feelings for the professor?s daughter, Kiara, who is nothing like the girls he?s usually drawn to. But Carlos and Kiara soon discover that in matters of the heart, the rules of attraction overpower the social differences that conspire to keep them apart.
After detailing the treacherous maturation of Mexican gang member Alex Fuentes in PERFECT CHEMISTRY, Simone Elkeles turns her attention to his younger brother Carlos, who seems determined to repeat all of Alex's mistakes. After getting into trouble with a local gang lord, Carlos's family exiles him to Boulder, Colorado, where he must quickly learn to adapt to a more orderly (and boring) way of life. When Carlos falls for Kiara, the daughter of his host family, the odd couple finds that their hidden similarities are more powerful than their superficial differences, but Carlos knows that the demons of his violent past will inevitably reemerge and threaten his newfound love and stability.
- Juvenile Fiction, Fiction + Literature Themes
- Love + Romance, Conflicts + Dualities, Human Qualities + Behavior, Love + Relationships + Sex, Legal + Courtroom + Crime, General
- November 1, 2010
- November 1, 2010
- Simone Elkeles
- Blas Kisic (Narrator), Roxanne Hernandez (Narrator)