Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Past Perfect by Leila Sales - OPTIONAL

Sales, Leila  Past Perfect, 303 pgs.  Simon Pulse, 2011.  $16.99  Content:  Language: R (80+ swears); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG.  

Chelsea has spent every summer of her childhood working alongside her parents at a historical colonial reenactment village.  She wanted this summer to be different, but her best friend convinces her to return to the village to work.  Chelsea is surprised to find her ex-boyfriend, Ezra, also working at the village and she still hasn’t gotten over her heartache, but Ezra seems to be moving on just fine.  The colonial village has competition across the street with a Civil War reenactment camp and the teenagers working both villages have a friendly war going on between them.  This book is about what happens when Chelsea falls for a guy from the wrong side of the war and how that changes her perceptions of life.  

I enjoyed this book.  There were laugh out loud moments and the main character was fun to cheer for.  It is a sweet romantic comedy with a coming of age theme.  There is also great commentary on history and how it is perceived and changed over time. 


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