Author: Simone Elkeles
Publisher: Walker & Company
Publication Date: April 13, 2010
When Carlos Fuentes returns to America after living in Mexico for a year, he doesn’t want any part of the life his older brother, Alex, has laid out for him at a high school in Colorado . Carlos likes living his life on the edge and wants to carve his own path—just like Alex did. Then he meets Kiara Westford. She doesn’t talk much and is completely intimidated by Carlos’ wild ways. As they get to know one another, Carlos assumes Kiara thinks she’s too good for him, and refuses to admit that she might be getting to him. But he soon realizes that being himself is exactly what Kiara needs right now.
Review: I absolutely loved this book! It was amazing! Let me start off with I always love a good story with a bad boy. Carlos seemed so tough on the outside when on the inside he really does have feelings and he really does care. I hated when he got busted for drugs that weren't even his. I mean he already had to move to the US from Mexico away from most of his family. While he was just trying to adjust he had that happen to him. It totally wasn't fair.
The whole thing with Kiara was so interesting. Carlos really didnt like her at the beginning, so much that he intentionally tried to piss her off. I loved the payback Kiara got on Carlos with the cookies in the locker. That was freaking awesome. I found it ironic though that after Carlos got busted for drugs he ended up having to live with Kiaras family. The person he was trying to hard to piss off ended up being the person he had to stay with. I really liked that he slowly opened up to Kiaras family and let them in. I also enjoyed seeing Carlos hang out and bond with Kiaras little brother Brandon.
I also liked reading about Carlos' struggle with his feelings for Kiara. She knew she loved him way before he figured it out himself. He was so busy dwelling on the fact that he didn't want to get left again (because that's all people in his life did was leave him) that he wouldn't give Kiara the chance to prove him wrong about it. I loved the end though when he finally breaks down and realizes his feelings for her and gives her a chance. :)
I would definitely recommend this to to others. Especially if you liked Perfect Chemisty or Simones' Leaving Paradise series.