Simone Elkeles has written quite a few books for Young Adult readers. Her soon-to-be trilogy about the Fuentes brothers stands out among them. Try not to judge the books, or the brothers, by their covers!
& Rules of Attraction
are both about the Fuentes brothers, Alex and Carlos, originally from the suburbs of Chicago. They're both fiercely loyal and have been involved in gangs. What drew me in to these stories was that both of the brothers are redeemable. They have such good in them, but sometimes it's hard to see past their tough exteriors. Here are two haikus in honor of the Fuentes brothers:
nothing in coming, except
Rules of Attraction
“The Rules” are clear, but
clearly Carlos rebels, when
Kiara comes near.
There's a third book in this series is coming out in August titled Chain Reaction, about their younger brother Luis. And that's when Luis will get a haiku of his own.
Leaving Paradise and Return to Paradise are also by Elkeles and definitely good reads. All four of these books are available now in the Young Adult section!
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