Past Perfect by Leila Sales

75%

42 Critic Reviews

Ex-boyfriend angst, new-boyfriend jitters and best-friend snits are a heck of a lot funnier when they take place at a historical-reenactment village.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

A sweet and clever novel about the woes of (boy) history repeating itself, from the author of Mostly Good Girls.

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….
 

About Leila Sales

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Leila Sales grew up near Boston, where she attended an all-girls high school uncannily similar to the school in her first novel, Mostly Good Girls. Leila has been an improv comedian and an internationally award-winning debater, but mostly she spends her time receiving unsolicited text messages from strangers, which you can read about at TheLeilaTexts.blogspot.com. Find out more at LeilaSales.com and follow her on Twitter at @LeilaSalesBooks.
 
Published October 4, 2011 by Simon Pulse. 338 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, History, Romance. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Past Perfect
All: 42 | Positive: 37 | Negative: 5

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Sep 15 2011

Ex-boyfriend angst, new-boyfriend jitters and best-friend snits are a heck of a lot funnier when they take place at a historical-reenactment village.

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Clash Entertainment

Below average
Reviewed by Ariel Wilson on Nov 01 2011

I loved this book, but I felt it ended way too abruptly.

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365 Days of Reading

Good
Reviewed by 365 Days on Oct 14 2011

Chelsea was a really likable protagonist. I loved how smart and quick she was.

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Ticket to Anywhere

Good
Reviewed by Irish in Review on Mar 26 2012

For what ever its worth, Past Perfect, gets my seal of approval. I also feel that this is a book that I will find myself rereading on those days when I’m sick and really can’t deal with anything new. The humor of it will be sure to banish any sad brought on by the ick.

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A Musing Reviews

Excellent
on Sep 22 2011

The way history is interpreted. Who interprets it. How all is not fair in love and war. How Chelsea grows as a person. It was sweet but not too sweet. It was perfect.

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Chick Loves Lit

Below average
Reviewed by Shanyn on Sep 10 2011

While I loved reading about Chelsea, her dad, and her best friend, I didn’t get the total connection I would have loved to have.

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The Brunette Librarian

Good
Reviewed by Brunette Librarian on Jan 14 2012

Leila writes in such a realistic voice, I felt like I was 16 reading this.

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Candace's Book Blog

Good
Reviewed by Candace on Oct 17 2011

I borrowed this one but I'm seriously going to need my own copy cause this is book I'd like to reread over and over again!

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Early Nerd Special

Good
Reviewed by Clementine Bojangles on Oct 13 2011

This is a written version of a romantic comedy if ever there was one.

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Frenetic Reader

Above average
Reviewed by Khy on Mar 23 2012

It's sometimes alarmingly far-fetched, but Past Perfect is also funny, smart, and ultimately very sweet.

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Stacked

Good
Reviewed by Kelly J on Oct 07 2011

Sales's trademark humor, present in her debut novel Mostly Good Girls, permeates her second novel.

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The Book Cellar

Good
Reviewed by Book Cellar on Oct 20 2011

Past Perfect is a marvelous read that you will not regret reading.

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Letters Inside Out

Good
Reviewed by Amanda on Sep 29 2011

It’s funny, it’s thoughtful, it’s just so much fun!

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Forever Young Adult

Above average
Reviewed by Posh Deluxe on Oct 06 2011

Sales' style in this book isn't much of a departure from Mostly Good Girls, and for that, I thank her. The realistic dialogue is tinged with lolz, and Chelsea's voice authentically shifts from sassy to angsty (but always endearing).

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The Allure of Books

Good
Reviewed by Allison on Aug 25 2011

...ultimately the book is very cute, very realistic and super readable. It also kinda made me think about Sweet Home Alabama, one of my favorite chick flicks (you know, the whole Civil War reenactment thing). The romance is light and believable – but also really satisfying.

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The Reading Fever

Good
Reviewed by Penelope Lolohea on Oct 13 2011

I felt like I was there. I also enjoyed the sweet summer romance, and the lasting friendships.

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Wicked Awesome Books

Good
Reviewed by Nikki on Oct 07 2011

Past Perfect is another wondrously amusing and charming book from Leila Sales.

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Pure Imagination

Good
Reviewed by Lori on Sep 28 2011

I was having such a good time reading it that I forgot to do laundry…and sleep!

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Anna Reads

Good
Reviewed by Anna on Sep 05 2011

She's able to take some pretty absurd and unlikely situations and make them seems so…normal.

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Katie's Amazing Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Katie on Oct 04 2011

Sales captures teenage love and drama so perfectly.

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GreenBeanTeenQueen

Below average
Reviewed by GreenBeanTeenQueen on Oct 03 2011

The romance was sweet and fun, but I felt like I wanted to get to know Dan more.

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The Hollow Cupboards

Good
Reviewed by Chey on Feb 23 2012

The romance is sweet and the summer Chelsea spent at Essex was a blast to imagine.

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Moonlight Reader

Good
Reviewed by Ange on Feb 18 2012

This was a captivating and funny YA contemporary novel.

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The Garden of Books

Good
Reviewed by Lisa on Oct 05 2011

If you want something different to read that will leave you feeling bubbly and happy inside, Past Perfect is your book.

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Presenting Lenore

Good
Reviewed by Lenore Appelhans on Sep 30 2011

PAST PERFECT is the perfect read if you’re looking for something quirky, clever and effortlessly funny.

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Mimosa Stimulus

Good
Reviewed by Jenny on Oct 28 2011

This book is a ton of fun. I enjoyed it immensely and I'd recommend it to fans of Leila Sales, history lovers, and appreciators of well-written realistic fiction.

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GReads!

Good
Reviewed by Ginger on Jun 15 2011

The swoon-worthy moments counteracted nicely with the playfulness of war between the two sides.

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Jessica Lawlor

Good
Reviewed by Jessica Lawlor on Jun 06 2011

This book was filled with the same humor that MOSTLY GOOD GIRLS was full of.

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IB Book Blogging

Good
Reviewed by Bailey on Nov 11 2011

PAST PERFECT is a delightfully adorable YA read that I highly enjoyed!

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The Book Scout

Good
Reviewed by Kelsey on Oct 17 2011

Past Perfect was the humorous and realistic contemporary read I had been craving.

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Waiting for Wentworth

Good
Reviewed by Sandra on Jun 15 2012

The romance between Chelsea and Dan was really cute and sweet.

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Book Overdose

Good
Reviewed by Eunice on Jan 09 2012

The story wasn't complex but you'll still be able to learn great stuff in here.

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The Sparkle Project

Below average
Reviewed by Ceilidh on Jun 16 2011

I’ve become rather fed up with books, mainly YA, where the male love interest is characterised by being charming when he’s really a smug know-it-all that borders on insulting.

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Tales of Books

Good
Reviewed by Katelyn Torrey on Oct 24 2011

A sweet, adorable, and totally wonderful book that isn’t weighed down by so many issues that are ever-present in YA contemporary books today.

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Planet Print

Good
Reviewed by Liz R on Sep 28 2011

With every page, I became more and more intrigued.

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Penmanship Smitten

Good
Reviewed by Aimee on Jul 19 2012

Past Perfect was the book I needed to get past probably one of the worst days of my entire year.

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Stephanie Scott

Good
Reviewed by Stephanie Scott on Jul 16 2012

Their allegiance to historical authenticity and cracks about era-appropriate clothing make this such a funny, different YA story.

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The Bookworm is Here

Good
Reviewed by Lulu on Mar 11 2012

This is the cutest read, it will perk up your day and have you smiling all the way through!

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A Novel Paradise

Good
Reviewed by Felicia on Oct 22 2011

Overall, Past Perfect was a light-hearted and entertaining novel that I enjoyed immensely.

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The Crooked Shelf

Good
Reviewed by Carla on Sep 30 2011

Ladies and gents, Sales has done it again.

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Chasing Words

Good
Reviewed by Cara on Aug 01 2011

Smooth and transitory without being overtly poetic.

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My Cute Bookshelf

Good
Reviewed by Jennie on Feb 11 2011

This book was so much fun! I just loved how original the setting was. I had never read a book set in a reenactment village, but Past Perfect proved to be a great one.

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