Today, I am in a "Young Love: Young Adult Romance" video conference so I decided to share one of my favorite YA books that I've read recently.
By: Leila Sales
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….
The only complaint I have about this book is the cover! Has absolutely nothing to do with the book, and no where does it rain or she wears a green coat. BUT the book is an amazingly cute and funny young adult romance about lost love and finding love again.
Chelsea works as a reenactor in the Revolutionary War Village and her crush Dan, works in the Civil War Village across the street. So, naturally they are enemies but you know how it is, we always love the ones who are worst for us. Add into this funny mix a funny best friend, a weird ex-boyfriend (Ezra) and other zany characters and you have the perfect recipe for a funny romantic comedy.
Leila writes in such a realistic voice, I felt like I was 16 reading this. She talks about how hard it is to get along with your friends, how exasperating your parents can be, and how annoying those hot summer actually are. Chelsea is a sweet heroine, confused but with a good heart. Ezra, the ex-boyfriend, is self-centered and you really hate him as the reader. AND of course, you luuuuvvvv Dan, the heroic civil war reenactor as they bond over ice cream and trampolines.
I will definitely be recommending this title to the teens in my library. Sweet, funny and unpredictable "Past Perfect" is a great read for those teens who enjoy history and a little romance!