Chain Reaction (Perfect Chemistry Novels) by Simone Elkeles

By Simone Elkeles

Luis Fuentes has consistently been sheltered from the group violence that almost destroyed his brothers’ lives. yet that didn’t cease him from taking dangers — even if he’s scaling a mountain within the Rockies or dreaming of a destiny as an astronaut, Luis can’t cease trying to find the following thrill. Nikki Cruz lives her lifestyles via 3 ideas — boys misinform get their method, don’t belief a boy who says “I love you,” and not date a boy from the south part of Fairfield. Her mom and dad can be from Mexico, yet as a doctor’s daughter, she has extra in universal along with her north-side buddies than the Latino Blood at her institution. Then she meets Luis at Alex’s marriage ceremony, and unexpectedly, she’s tempted to wreck all her principles. Getting Nikki to take an opportunity on a south sider is Luis’s largest problem, until eventually he reveals himself distinctive by way of Chuy Soto, the hot head of the Latino Blood. while Chuy unearths a tense mystery approximately Luis’s kinfolk, the youngest Fuentes reveals himself wondering every little thing he’s ever believed to be actual. Will his emotions for Nikki be adequate to prevent Luis from getting into a depressing and violent global and completely residing at the part?

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I hold my head high as I walk back to the ceremony. The music starts, and I quickly grab the empty seat between my mom and my younger brother, Ben. Ben is slouched down in his chair, annoyed that Mom and Dad didn’t let him play his handheld video game player. He has to sit here like all the other bored twelve-year-old boys at this wedding. My parents and Ben have no clue Marco and I broke up. I didn’t want to talk about it. I also didn’t want my parents to gloat and say We told you so. Ben wouldn’t care since he hardly said two words to Marco the entire time we were dating.

Did you know smilin’ reduces the level of stress hormones in your body like epinephrine and dopamine? Seriously, even a fake smile’ll help. ” She ignores me, so I cup my hands over my mouth and do something I haven’t done in years—barnyard sounds. I start with my imitation of a sheep and end with an impressive moo. Girls used to eat it up when I did them back in fifth grade. They’d hang around me for entertainment, which is just what I wanted at the time. Guys who didn’t have any entertainment value were ignored.

Then he’s just gone. Out of sight, but definitely not out of mind. He picked the gang over me. My breath hitches. I look out at the lake and feel like jumping in—to swim away and pretend this isn’t happening. Desperation washes over me like waves washing footprints off the shore, and I start to shake uncontrollably. My knees crumple to the sand, and I can feel my hot tears start to fall again. This time I don’t swipe them away. I break down and cry while recalling every single moment Marco and I spent together, and praying that my period is just late and I’m not really pregnant.

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