Friday, March 16, 2012

Book Review: Past Perfect by Leila Sales

Title: Past Perfect

Author: Leila Sales

Synopsis: 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….


a.) Characters: 4/5 score.  Chelsea and Fiona are amazing besties; I loved the ice cream connoisseur, it sounds like something my bestie and I would do.  Even though some of the characters fell a little flat for me, each one was a little memorable than typical cardboard characters for me.  I think the characters suffered because she was focused on Ezra and Chelsea’s relationship

b.) Plot: 3/5 score.  When I first read the synopsis, I felt discouraged to read it.  A historical reenactment village, really?  But it wasn’t so bad, and it actually turned out to be kind of funny.  I enjoyed when Chelsea was teaching Fiona about the multiple questions you get as an actor.  Getting over Ezra was the whole point though, and it felt a little weak.  

c.) Writing style: 4/5 score.  The writing carried the humor or desperation Leila was trying for when she wanted it.  The process of time seemed to jump a couple weeks without much of anything happening.  I like that she didn’t get carried away with a day-to-day telling, but I would’ve enjoyed more, especially if it was to solidify the characters that needed it.  

Rating: 11/15 total

To be honest, Chelsea's obsession with Ezra was annoying.  He was an ass, and she couldn't let him go.  I wanted to shake her.  At the end of the story, you see how much of an ass he was and how much Chelsea grows.  If anything, the wrap up was pleasantly realistic.  

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