Sunday, August 28, 2011

Review: "Past Perfect" by Leila Sales

Received via: ARC
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: October 4, 2011

I needed a break from faeries, vamps, kings, queens, ghosts and witches. Past Perfect by Leila Sales was just the ticket.

The Scoop: (Goodreads)

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….

My Take:

As you read in the blurb (you read the blurb, right? I always assume you do...), Chelsea is spending her summer with her BFF trying to get over her jerk ex and working as a historical reenacter at a Colonial village. Of course she meets someone new over the summer, but he's off limits since he works at a rival reenactment village across the street.

One of the coolest things about this book was the setting. Reading about the ins and outs of a Colonial village was a lot cooler than it sounds like it would be.

Nice quilt, but cool? Nah. I don't thinketh so, verily.
I liked the character of Chelsea, she had the perfect balance of teenage angst coupled with a clever sense of humor and sass. The relationships with her love-interests were believable though maybe tied up a bit too neatly.

The best thing Past Perfect has going for it (besides the setting) is that it is pleasantly funny throughout. I honestly laughed out loud several times. The humor is not derived in a slapstick "whoops Chelsea fell in a mud puddle" kind of way, but through witty banter and clever asides by the characters.

Past Perfect was a quick, fun and enjoyable read.

Final Verdict: Sweet-Tarts

A little sweet a lotta sass!

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