Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Review for Past Perfect by Leila Sales

Title: Past Perfect
Author: Leila Sales
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: October 4, 2011

Synopsis: 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….

Verdict: Past Perfect was a breath of fresh air. Even though it wasn't my usual genre, Leila Sales made me fall in love with this story and with the characters. I loved the whole idea behind this book! It takes place at Essex Historical Colonial Village where Chelsea Glaser (or Elisabeth Connelly as she is known at work) and her best friend Fiona work as reenactors. Chelsea's ex-boyfriend Ezra is also working at Essex this summer (yikes!). Antyways, as long as anyone can remember the volunteers of Essex have been at war with those at Civil War ReenactmentLand. So you can imagine the chaos that would have ensued if anyone knew that Lieutenant Chelsea of Essex was consorting with Civil Warrior Dan. Yes people, I'm talking about DRAMA!!! So go ahead and get some popcorn popped!!! Moving on, I think the whole reenacting shin-dig was super awesome. These people get to stand around all day in the sweltering heat wearing petticoats and other hot and heavy material all while pretending that they live hundreds of years in the past. For example, if anyone asks them where the bathroom is, they have to pretend to have no earthly idea what a bathroom is and are like "Oh! Do you mean the privy?" And they get paid for this people! I'm seriously upset that my hometown doesn't have one of these around. Because after reading this book, I would have totally been looking for the sign-up sheet! But back to the matter at hand, this really was an awesomely ahhhh-mazing story that I really enjoyed and totally recommend (even if this isn't your usual genre) because it is totally worth it!!! <3

An ARC was provided by Simon & Schuster for review.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

-Kristen ♥


  1. That would be a fun job! (minus the heat) I would love to play dress-up all day. =) Great review!
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  2. Sounds like a great book. I could use a breath of fresh air. :) I think reading this would bring me back to high school.



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