Saturday, June 29, 2019

Past Perfect Life by Elizabeth Eulberg - HIGH

Past Perfect Life by Elizabeth Eulberg, 336 pages.  Bloomsbury, 2019.  $19

Language: R (52 swears, 3 “f”); Mature Content: G; Violence: G



Allison, high school senior, loves her life.  She and her family live a quiet life in a small Wisconsin town surrounded by a town that embraced them when they arrived, especially the Gleasons, the founding fathers and largest clan in the whole town.  Ally is trying to apply for colleges, and goes to her counselor for help. What happens instead, she could have never predicted – turns out that when she was 3 her father stole her from her mother and took her away.  Her mother is not dead like he told her, but very much alive.  And she wants her daughter, Amanda, back in her life.  But if she isn’t Ally, who is she?  Because she is still a minor, her mom has every right to insist she move immediately to Florida.  

If you have read The Girl on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney, this will feel very familiar – even the arc of the story.  But, very few of our students know that story, so give them this instead.  They will love it.  

Cindy, Library Teacher, MLS

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