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Past Perfect: Review

Title: Past Perfect
Author: Leila Sales
Release Date: October 2011
Published By: Simon Pulse
Pages: 322
Goodreads Rating: 4.19 stars

Review: Chelsea wants a normal summer job with her best friend so she can finally get over the boy who broke her heart, Ezra. But instead she's stuck with her same old job at Essex Historical Colonial Village, except, horror of horrors, Ezra's working there too, making it even harder to move on and forget all about it. When Chelsea finally meets someone new, it turns out he's completely off-limits, and to fall in love with him would be to betray all her friends. Turns out she still has a lot to learn about love, and it might just happen at a historical re-enactment village.

I knew I would like this book just because I adored the author's first book, but even I couldn't have anticipated how much I loved, loved, loved PAST PERFECT. Normally after I finish a book, I jot down some quick comments about what I liked and didn't like so I can refresh my memory before writing a review, but for this book, I wrote absolutely nothing because what was there to say? I fell in love with every single aspect of this book.

Like the humor. This entire book was filled with quirky jokes and one-liners and situations that had me grinning and giggling and just enjoying this story to the fullest. And even though there was an extra-large dose of funny in here, there were still moving moments that will hit anyone who's lost a first love. Perhaps it touched me in particular because I read it at a time where I could completely relate, but whatever the case, this is brimming with pure honesty and love and heartbreak and just general awesomeness.

I don't understand why we aren't hearing more about PAST PERFECT, since this is the rare kind of book that makes you stay up through all hours of the night reading. This touching, engaging story demonstrates Leila Sales' quick wit and ability to make readers everything laugh and cry and feel, all at once. I highly, highly, highly recommend this to anyone, whether you like contemporary fiction or not. Even if you would rather stab your eye out with a fork than read contemporary, you should read this. (But please leave your eye alone.)

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for review. This is no way affected my review.


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