May 20th, 2013
Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles was an amazing book. It was well written, intriguing, and ended happily which, as I say in all my book reviews, makes a book great. “‘Go home to your wife and kid,’ I tell him. ‘I’m stayin’ here for the week. Mi’ama is stayin’ with Brit and Paco in case you were wonderin’.'” (275). This is my favorite passage from the book. It displays the dedication Luis’s brothers have to him and their family. It also shows how they will help and support their brother no matter what decisions he makes.
There are two main characters in my book Luis and Nikki. Luis is a “hottie” with a “killer smile” and spiky hair. He is tough but is incredibly loyal with strong beliefs and opinions. Once he has his mind set on something he will do anything in his power to get it. He has many motives in this book but his main motive is keeping his family and Nikki safe. Luis will do anything to keep his family and Nikki from danger even if it causes him to be on his own in scary situations. To fulfill this he not only keeps his brothers and mom in the dark but he also pushes away the girl he loves, Nikki.
Nikki is beautiful with her “honey colored skin”, long, dark wavy hair and an angelic face. She comes off as a snob but that is just a shield. She has attitude but really is a sweet girl who has issues with trusting others with her true self. Because of being hurt in past relationships Nikki has two motives, don’t let feelings overcome you and don’t trust anyone. In the book the reader is given many examples of how this is true when they learn about her relationship with Marco. When she was dating Marco she was head over heals and wasn’t afraid to show it, professing her love to him repeatedly, but he lacked the passion she had. Marco broke her heart right after Nikki found out she was pregnant with his baby. Who can blame her for having trust issues? After all Nikki and Luis had been through they both deserved a happy ending and that is just what they got.