Thursday, September 29, 2011

Review: PAST PERFECT--Leila Sales

Past Perfect by Leila Sales | October 4, 2011 by Simon Pulse | 307 Pages | Four Stars | Source: Galley from GalleyGrab newsletter

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…


Oh, what to say about PAST PERFECT? It’s such a fun, fast read. After I read it, I tweeted about how I wanted to marry it. I love contemporary novels, and this one? This one is going next to Anna and the French Kiss on my list of favorite contemporaries.

I was looking for something to read one night, flipping through my galleys on my iPad when I stumbled upon PAST PERFECT. I knew the release date was coming up, and while it’s an October title and I had September titles to read, I began PAST PERFECT. It hooked me right away. I didn’t even realize I almost read a hundred pages and it was past midnight. Chelsea’s voice dragged me into the story and I didn’t want to stop reading!

I loved the unique setting; Chelsea and her friends, and her ex-boyfriend, work at a historical reenactment place—all about Colonial times! I love history, and I was really, really excited to see that this book was filled with history. And the war happening? LOVE LOVE LOVE.

My only problem is the emotion. Chelsea is talking to Fiona about Dan (eep; this is going to get spoilery, I’m sorry.) and how she felt about him, and I halted to a stop. “WHAT? You felt like that for him and you didn’t let the readers know until now?!” I would have been happier if the emotional factor was a tadbit higher, like in If I Stay (Gayle Forman) or Anna and the French Kiss (Stephanie Perkins.)

Do I recommend? Mhm. Even to the non-contemporary reader, I’ll recommend this book. It’s magnificent and I want everybody to read it.

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