ARC Review of Past Perfect by Leila Sales

Posted September 22, 2011 by Kara in Uncategorized / 3 Comments

Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: October 4th, 2011
Pages: 322
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
*I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Goodreads 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…


First of all, Ezra? Really. Ezra? C’mon. Do you guys actually know anyone named Ezra? I sure don’t. Second of all, what is up with that cover? It does not match the story at all. Don’t get me wrong, it is a cute cover, for a different book. Moving on.

This book was a whole lot of fun. The setting was original and I loved it. A colonial reenactment village that was warring with a Civil War reenactment village? How fun is that? I’m in. It was set in Virginia, so I was thinking Williamsburg the whole time. I’ve never been there, but I have been to Greenfield Village in Michigan so I think I understood the setting perfectly. And I loved the fun History lessons that came with it.

It was a very cutesy and fun read. It was a young adult contemporary, and it wasn’t one of those that came with a lesson to be learned. Not really. It was just a fun and fluffy read. It was exactly what I was looking for at exactly the right time. The setting will be particularly memorable, so will Chelsea’s dad. He’s a huge history buff and he was utterly dorky and not afraid to show it. I loved him.

Other than that, it was a pretty typical young adult read. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t good, because I enjoyed it very much. The plot was fun, the book was funny, and the romance was very cute. Some of the pranks were hilarious.

I really wish there were more young adult reads like this out there. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the paranormal and dystopian and other dark reads just as much as anyone, but sometimes it is refreshing to read books like this. Highly recommended for the fun factor alone. I just wanna give this book a huge hug for being awesome.

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3 responses to “ARC Review of Past Perfect by Leila Sales

  1. I agree with you! First of all Ezra? I have all the weirdest names in my life but Ezra takes the crown. and the cover while it is nice, did it even rain once through out the book once? (well I think it did but whatever XD) I maybe like two groups of people split in two and dressed in something from the older era would have been way better. You know what, no need for the civil era clothes just anything but that cover!

    I really liked this, it was cute and funny like you said but what killed it for me is Chelsea, god she was the most judgmental and annoying main character I have ever come across and I was really happy when she got beat. Very mean of me but *shrugs* she got on my last nerves. Otherwise this could have been 5+ material. You’re definitely right that we need to have more fun books like this, series, vampires, angels and society collapsing and Apocalypse nearing can only go on for so long before something cute calls you know?

    -thank you&come again.

  2. LOL thanks for your comment Giselle.

    And Racquel, I completely agree with everything you said. I went to your blog to make sure I was following, and I wasn’t. I feel like a friggin tool. Well I am now!

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