Review: Past Perfect

I received this book for free from S&S Galley Grab in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Past PerfectPast Perfect by Leila Sales
Published by Simon Pulse on October 4, 2011
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 306
Format: eARC
Source: S&S Galley Grab
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two-half-stars

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….

I can’t believe it’s been a week since I last posted! Yikes. I’ve been on vacation and expect to resume posting regularly, although this month is a busy one, partially because of my birthday (:-D) and because of another trip (to NY) at the end of the month.

Anyway, back to the book. Generally, I really enjoyed this. It was fun and cute, keeping things light but with a pretty good message on the interpretation of historical events, be they last week or 300 years ago. The ending, which focused on these aspects, was definitely awesome.

The premise, a completely original one so far as I know, amuses the heck out of me. Rival historical reenactors and a forbidden romance between the two camps sounds rife with humorous possibility. At the same time, though, it was rather difficult to take any of the drama seriously because of the inherent absurdity. Also, a lot of what they did was super not okay. I just kept wanting to shake the characters and tell them to get a grip.

Chelsea was sort of an indifferent main character. She wasn’t particularly bright and tended towards moping, not to mention wishing for the past. Ezra is so obviously a skeeze, but she just won’t see it. Dan was definitely my favorite character. None of the kids are particularly well-defined or deep, but they do come off as fairly realistic teenagers, if exceedingly petty.

So yeah, a fun read, if not quite what I was hoping for (something a bit more comedic). I am definitely looking forward to trying Sales’ Mostly Good Girls, which I just happen to own. On a side note, what does the cover have to do with anything?

 

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