Past Perfect: a book recommendation
5 out of 5 stars.
At the suggestion of Taryn last Sunday (when I asked for YOU to recommend ME something), I picked up Leila Sales’s Past Perfect.
And oh my gosh, I’m so glad I did. This book is so, so, SO funny. I could not stop giggling while I read this on the bus, on the train, and at the airport–basically, any moment I had, I devoured this story.
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….
The main character, Chelsea, is completely likable, the love interest is absolutely adorable (um, Civil War uniforms? YES PLEASE), and the secondary characters are just perfect.
But the highlight of this book is definitely the setting: Essex Historical Colonial Village. Having a reenactment theme park be the backdrop for romance is just such a unique idea! Not to mention, the whole premise of a war between reenactment parks? You gotta love that! And on top of all that, Chelsea’s sense of humor (so sarcastic, so hilarious) melds perfectly with the “colonial” backdrop.
The only thing I’d have liked more of is the kissing. 😉 But that’s just because the kisses were SO DELICIOUSLY SWOON-WORTHY.
If you’re looking for a laugh-out-loud, endearing romance, then be sure to pick up Leila Sales’s Past Perfect.
You tell me: Have you read this book? Do you have any other awesome YA contemporary to recommend?
November 13, 2011 @ 4:15 pm
Yay, I feel so influential! Glad you liked it 🙂
November 14, 2011 @ 8:02 pm
You ARE influential. And thanks again for the rec! <3
November 13, 2011 @ 4:48 pm
Oh heck yes. You had me at Colonial village. Let’s just say I’m one of those nerds who likes Colonial Williamsburg a little more than I should. 😉
Getting this tomorrow.
November 14, 2011 @ 8:03 pm
HA! Awesome. I <3 you for your unabashed Colonial Williamsburg love.
November 14, 2011 @ 2:04 am
Yay for a contemp suggestion! As much as I adore fantasy, contemp owns a pretty big chunk of my heart as well so I’ll have to hunt this one down for sure.
November 14, 2011 @ 8:03 pm
Let me know what you think! I’m a growing YA contemp aficionado–there are are still so many authors I haven’t discovered. If you’ve got any recs, let me know!
November 14, 2011 @ 8:36 pm
Sarah Dessen, if you haven’t read any of hers. She’s my favorite.
November 14, 2011 @ 2:58 am
This is in my TBR pile! I’m excited to get to it. It’s just the kind of thing I love.
November 14, 2011 @ 8:04 pm
Let me know if you like it! 😀 I hope you do (otherwise I’ll feel like an idiot for recommending it. ;))
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