Past Perfect

Author: Leila Sales
Pages: 306
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Format: Online Galley (ARC)
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Summary (from the author's official website)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….

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

My Summary: Chelsea's been working at Essex her entire life, so when her friend Fiona decides to get a job there, it seems like her summer is going to have some excitement in it after all. But just when everything seems perfect, Chelsea discovers that her ex-boyfriend Ezra - aka the guy she can't get over - is working at Essex too. And it's going to take all of Chelsea's acting skills to keep her from making a fool of herself in front of him. As she begins to fall for someone else, Chelsea is faced with a problem: what happens when you only focus on the good parts of love?

My Thoughts: This book was just what I needed right now - the perfect mix of funny and bittersweet. The main character Chelsea is really easy to relate to - who wouldn't want to step out from behind their family's shadow - and I really felt for her when she couldn't figure out which direction her heart was pulling her in. We've all been there, haven't we? The writing was great as well: hilarious and smooth, it kept me reading (and wanting to read when I couldn't). And of course I had to mention the unique setting... I'm one of those history nerds your parents probably warned you about, and if I had the chance I would've been working at Essex right alongside Chelsea. The fact that history was so prevalent in the lives of the characters definitely made me want to brush up on my American History (and wish I could wear one of those awesome costumes, but I digress...).

Final Thoughts: I recommend this novel to anyone looking for something light, fun, and sweet to read. This book would make a great summer read as well - check it out if you're a fan of lighter contemporary literature!


  1. I have this book on my to-read pile...it's waiting for me to finally pick it up. Paperback!!! (Normally I'm a Kindle person)
    Thx for reminding me w/ this review :-)
    _yay_ @

  2. I found it to be a nice enough book, but not great. Thanks for your review :)


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