Release Date: October 4, 2011
Age Group: Young Adult
Received from: Publisher
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….
Do you ever pick up a book that is just perfect for you? It’s exactly what you wanted at that moment even if you didn’t realize it? That’s what Past Perfect was for me. I really needed to read something fun and smart. I just didn’t know it.
I read Mostly Good Girls by Leila Sales last year and absolutely loved it. I was definitely anxious to read this one and it didn’t disappoint. I sat down to start this one on a whim–because I was actually in the middle of another book–and devoured half of it in one sitting. I was having such a good time reading it that I forgot to do laundry…and sleep!
I really can’t say enough good things about Past Perfect. I loved every part of it. Chelsea was super witty and smart. I giggled often. I loved the ice cream rating aspect of the story and I was absolutely crazy about Essex and all of the historical interpreter details. I mean really, how can you go wrong with a snarky historical interpreter as a protagonist? Exactly, you can’t! I also loved that Sales put a lot of effort into the other characters. Between Chelsea’s quirky and annoying dad to her afraid of commitment best friend. Every single character in the story was very well developed.
Romance really doesn’t play as big a role as I was expecting and I am 100% fine with that. The story didn’t need more romance because Chelsea, Essex, and the War were so fascinating all on their own. The flirtation between Chelsea and her love interest was very fun, though. It left me grinning on many occasions. I also really liked the tension between Chelsea and Ezra. The story really focuses on Chelsea finding herself more than anything else. She makes some dumb mistakes along the way, but the journey is a fun one.
I feel like I have said fun a lot in this review, but I don’t care because that is the best word I can use to describe it. You guys really must read it! Soon.