Sunday, November 20, 2011

Review: Past Perfect

Past Perfect by Leila Sales

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Past Perfect is such a fun contemporary novel. I'm not sure what part of the story the book's cover is supposed to depict, but the story itself is a perfect blend of funny, romance, mistakes, and a loveable main character.

Chelsea is a high school junior who plans to spend the summer working at the mall with her best friend Chelsea. Her goals include becoming an ice cream connoisseur and never thinking about her ex-boyfriend Ezra. Ezra was the perfect guy who suddenly ended their relationship. Chelsea is crushed and hopes he will want to get back with her. Only her plan backfires when her best friend wants to work at Essex Historical Colonial Village the re-enactment park she has worked at all her life with her parents. Chelsea eventually gives in but working at Essex gets even more complicated when she sees that Ezra has also taken a job there.

The teens at Essex have a tradition of being at war with the Civil War village across the road. They play pranks and try to get the best of each other. During the first meeting Chelsea is appointed lieutenant to help bring victory against the Civil Warriors. The craziness that goes on is hilarious!

On the first night of the war Chelsea gets kidnapped by the Civil Warriors and the guy who keeps her captive turns out to be a super cute guy! Chelsea knows that dating a Civil Warrior can't happen, but he is so cute which can only mean more trouble for Chelsea! I adore this book! Chelsea learns about herself and comes to terms about her feelings for Ezra.

If you are in the mood for a contemporary YA read then this is the book for you! Past Perfect is Leila Sales second novel! I look forward to going back and reading her first novel Mostly Good Girls and look forward to more from her in the future.


  1. This does sound like a fun read! Thanks for the review :)

  2. I love the whole war thing. I've wanted this for a while. Will deffo get around to getting a copy soon, hopefully!

  3. Ditto that the cover didn't really connect to the story for me. But I did like how the living history village was a perfect juxtaposition for trying to get over an ex (past vs the past).


  4. Agree on the cover. Maybe they were worried that if they used a scene from the book readers would think it was historical fiction?

    I loved the premise and also thought the book was a great read!

  5. I'm really excited to read her first novel after reading this one too! It was so good -- funny, but also deep. Great review!

  6. Loved this book. I still need to get a hardcover copy of this one. The characters were awesome and I just love the plot. I was hooked. :) I'm glad you enjoyed this one too. :)

  7. This book sounds so fun. Yep, I never would have guessed any of that from the cover.