Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Presently Imperfectly Perfect

Published: October 4th, 2011
Past Perfect
By: Leila Sales
Simon Pulse
ISBN-13: 9781442406827

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….


   Chelsea Glaser (known as Elizabeth Connelly when re-enacting) has been a part of the Essex Historical Colonial village re-enactment since she was a child.  Her father is the silversmith and her mother is just as involved in it.  Every summer the middle/high school employees have a war with the Civil War  ReenactmentLand kids across the street.  This year Chelsea is working with her best friend Fiona, her ex-boyfriend Ezra who she still isn't over, and she has been voted the lieutenant.  Also, she has growing feelings for one of the Civil Warriors, Dan.  Will Chelsea be able to work things out with Dan, or is she doomed to repeat her past mistakes with Ezra all over again?  Who will win the war and will it even matter by the time it's over.  I loved the snarkiness of the main characters in this book.  Their whole obsession with ice cream made me laugh out loud, especially when Fiona and Chelsea expound on their ratings system at length.  I adored Chelsea in general because she reminded me a lot of Mia in The Princess Diaries.  This whole book has a Meg Cabot feel, with the historical reenactment lending it's own brand of special awesomeness.  I loved the moments between Dan and Chelsea, especially the scene on the trampoline.  The last 'war council' in the book was laugh out loud funny.  I would recommend this to fans of light-hearted books with romance and historical elements. 

VERDICT:  4/5  Stars, plus hugs for Chelsea and Fiona

*No money or favors were exchanged for this review. This book is now available in stores and online.*

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