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Past Perfect

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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....show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 306 pages
  • 147.32 x 210.82 x 25.4mm | 408.23g
  • Simon Pulse
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 1442406828
  • 9781442406827
  • 318,094

Review quote

"Unique premise...acerbically funny voice....The setting also allows for more serious meditations on the nature of history, memory, heartbreak, and love." - Horn Bookshow more

Our customer reviews

PAST PERFECT tells the story of sixteen-year-old Chelsea Glaser who is a part of Essex Historical Colonial Village. This novel is all about life in the past of two historical sights and villages. The characters are interpreters and have to represent the lives of their historical counterparts. Playing a role and knowing the script sounds like an easy task...until it is confronted with the real life of the 21st century. Beside their roles, both historical villages have a feud in common. PAST PERFECT is about a war between these two villages which is very entertaining. The jokes and pranks both villages come up with are so funny. Then Chelsea is on the warpath with love. There are two boys to occupy her and the readers thoughts with. It was nice to see her torn between her ex boyfriend and falling for someone who is strictly forbidden. One love is the more rational, the other is build on false memories and extenuations. I expected PAST PERFECT to circle around the relationship between Chelsea and Ezra in some way and I am pretty satisfied in which way Leila Sales solved it. Chelsea is our protagonist and I liked the features of her personality. What annoyed me a bit about her was her way of clinging to her ex-boyfriend all the time, analysing his every move. Some sequences displaying the historical living are too much for my taste, but still they are needed to build up an authentic setting and plot. Read PAST PERFECT, it's a cute new contemporary romance! THE VERDICT I immediately liked Leila Sales writing. It is youthful and has many jokes, comparisons and funny enumerations included. PAST PERFECT feels like its very own part of the YA novel history.show more
by MissPageTurner
This is a delightful, easy read. Given all the debate over YA lately, the detractors would do well to look at this book because there is nothing in it that they could use as fuel in their attack on the genre. This story is beautifully paced and Chelsea is an extremely likeable heroine who discovers a lot about herself during a summer working with her friends at Essex, an historical village attraction. The setting is the perfect backdrop to a story which centres on the need to accept the past but then let go and move on into the future. The romantic elements are handled well and the budding relationship between Chelsea and Dan comes across as both realistic and very sweet. In some ways this is a modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet, though with a much less tragic ending. If you are looking for something weightier in your YA, then this is probably not the right book for you. But if you are looking for an enjoyable tale that is well told and makes a nice read for a quite afternoon, then you should definitely give Past Perfect a try. I received this as a free e-book ARC from Simon and Schuster Galley Grabshow more
by Nicola Markus
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