Sunday, November 6

Past Perfect by Leila Sales

Past Perfect by Leila Sales
Release Date: October 4, 2011
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 320

Summary: All Chelsea wants to do this summer is hang out with her best friend, hone her talents as an ice cream connoisseur, and finally get over Ezra, the boy who broke her heart. But when Chelsea shows up for her summer job at Essex Historical Colonial Village (yes, really), it turns out Ezra’s working there too. Which makes moving on and forgetting Ezra a lot more complicated…even when Chelsea starts falling for someone new.
Maybe Chelsea should have known better than to think that a historical reenactment village could help her escape her past. But with Ezra all too present, and her new crush seeming all too off limits, all Chelsea knows is that she’s got a lot to figure out about love. Because those who don’t learn from the past are doomed to repeat it….
My Thoughts: So, I never got around to reading Sales debut novel Mostly Good Girls. I still need to do that. But when I got a copy of Past Perfect it sounded so good I had to begin reading.
We are introduced to the main character Chelsea. Chelsea has worked at Essex for as long as she can remember (since she was a kid). Her parents work there so she is used to being there all the time. She knows most of the people and she has most of the history memorized by now. Along with her best friend Fiona, they decide to spend their summer working at Essex. Chelsea really wanted to work at the mall but Fiona talked her into taking this job again. She figured it would be a quiet summer working with her best friend, eating ice cream, and enjoying time off from school.
There is a problem of course. On the first day of work, she runs into her ex-boyfriend Ezra. I love the name Ezra! She has spent the past few months trying to get over this boy. Its hard; she even has a file at home that she looks at all the time that chronicles her and Ezra's relationship together.
With the two workplaces at war against each other (the one across the street) Chelsea isn't in a very good position. She wants the summer to be peaceful! Of course, she also starts to like a new boy named Dan who works across the street. Talk about rivalry!
I'm not going to say much else about the plot. I really liked Chelsea. I liked being inside her head. Sales makes this book funny. Its hilarious at parts, and serious when its needs to be. I really liked Dan and I liked seeing him and Chelsea evolve while getting to know each other. I felt like I was really there with Chelsea, especially when she was trying to get over Ezra. We all know how hard heartbreak can be.
Part of me liked learning all the history facts, while another part of me wanted to focus more on Chelsea's problems.
Want to know what finds out with Chelsea? Does she give Dan a chance? Does she get back with Ezra instead? Does the rivalries between the two workplaces ever get solved?
Overall:  Past Perfect is what the title implies; perfect. It was funny, it was sad, it was emotional, it was pure sweetness just like an ice cream cone. Loved it!
Cover: I really like the cover. Like the covers, like the girl, like it all. The green rain coat fits. The way her tongue is hanging out to capture the rain drops is beautiful.

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LoriStrongin said...

I'm definitely intrigued by a book being set in a historical reenactment village--can't say I've seen that done yet. Which of course is a perfect parallel to being stuck in the past , angsting over your ex-boyfriend.


Ashley said...

I seriously loved this book! It was just so much fun! :D Your review made me smile :)


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