Book Review: Past Perfect by Leila Sales

Past Perfect by Leila Sales
Hardcover, 322 pgs (I read an ARC)
Published Oct 4th, 2011 by Simon Pulse
Reading Level: Young Adult
Source: Borrowed

 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….

 Such an amazing book!  This was a jump around and scream WOW book. This book was PERFECT!  It was a light hearted contemporary with a very funny main character (well, all the characters, really), a very sweet romance and a summer of FUN.  And it was the perfect book for my mood (and that’s what I keep seeing in other peoples reviews too!). 
This book seriously gave me the giggles.  Chelsea is a very funny character, she says, does and thinks in such a way that it’s just funny (yeah, sorry, my description kind of fell flat there…).  And I LOVED her!  Such an awesome character that really jumped off the page at me.  And yes, she had flaws, but she wouldn’t be very real if she didn’t, right?  
Now it’s not all funny.  Chelsea is getting over an ex, dealing with some issues with her new crush because he’s kind of (well, really) off limits (even if it is for a kind of silly reason…).  We watch as she realizes that maybe things weren’t so perfect between her and her ex, as she figures out some complicated friendship things and discovers that living in the past isn’t all that great.  
Honestly, there’s not much to say about this one without major spoilers.  It’s just seriously amazing with characters that pop, a setting that rocks (and is unique), a romance (and kissing!) that will make you swoon and a bit of adventure to bring back those fun summers of your youth (at least if you’re an adult like me 😉  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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  1. I haven’t read one ‘bad’ review for this book yet. Chelsea definitely sounds like my kind of girl, especially if she brings on the giggles easily. I wouldn’t mind spending some time getting to know her! 😉

  2. I have read nothing but amazing reviews on this book and I can’t wait to read it. I love the idea of a girl who realizes that her past relationship really wasn’t one worth keeping as it sounds so similar to my life.

    Thanks for the great review, this one has already been on my wishlist but you have made me want it even more. :)

  3. I really enjoyed this one as well! Leila Sales writes SUCH smart, funny, adorable characters. I think I’m totally going to have to add her to my instant-buy list.

  4. This might be exactly what I need to lighten the reading load. I’ve been deep in the Song of Fire and Ice series and it’s very heavy/complicated/heartbreaking/awesome and need some good, contemporary reads to mix things up a bit! Thanks for featuring this book.

  5. I LOVED this book! Leila Sales is so good at writing humorous situations and hilarious characters. She’s on my must buy list because I loved Past Perfect and I loved Mostly Good Girls last year too. Glad to hear you loved this one too :)

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