Book Birthday: Past Perfect by Leila Sales

Happy Book Birthday to Past Perfect 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….”

Girl meets boy. Girl falls for boy. Girl and boy begin relationship. Boy ends relationship with no real reasoning. Girl ends up heartbroken. It plays out all the time in a multitude of genres and among books for various ages. However I really can’t express enough how much I enjoy Leila Sales’ realistic fiction for young adults and how she has handled this really common occurrence in teen life. Realistic fiction is’s a genre that can go amazingly well or horribly wrong with just a turn of the page. The key is being believable and being able to relate and Sales seems to excel in her newest work just as she did before in Mostly Good Girls.

In addition placing Past Perfect in the world of historical re-enactment is solid gold…it’s like a secret language that will leave you giggling long into the night. The “historical” comedy and sometimes sarcastic voice of Chelsea make the plot perfectly matched to it’s setting. However the story goes much deeper. It’s the story of a girl with a broken heart who try as she might still makes mistakes along the way to finding her way in the world. But as she does so she also learns, grows and becomes a better person for it. It’s the kind of book that I personally would want any teen to read. It’s still fun, quirky and laugh out loud hilarious at times but in the end…it’s more than just a pretty cover which is what really matters.

Book Giveaway

Thanks to the always generous Leila Sales one lucky reader of Stiletto Storytime will win their very own copy of Past Perfect. Giveaway ends midnight EST October 18, 2011. US and Canada address only please. Winner will be chosen by and notified by e-mail address. Good Luck to all and Happy Reading!

To enter simply leave a comment below letting my know what “Book Birthday” you are looking forward to in the near future. What new release are you eagerly anticipating? Any pre-order worthy books coming up for you?

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28 responses to “Book Birthday: Past Perfect by Leila Sales

  1. I cannot wait for Shatter Me by Tahrei Maffi and Everneath by Brodi Ashton

  2. Krystal Larson

    I can’t wait to read this book, I love the reviews and the synopsis! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom
    I follow your blog
    follow you on twitter as Icecream1891

  3. This sounds really good to me. I grew up near Williamsburg and always thought it would be fun to work there and dress in costume.

    • stilettostorytime

      Kathy- I think you would love it…the colonial/civil war re-enactment lands play such a large part of the plot. I just thought it was ingenious because it was so different and like stepping into another world in the eyes of a sarcastic teen…loved it.

  4. I absolutely love Williamsburg! I have only been on one vacation, and that was where I chose to go!! I would love to read this book 🙂

  5. Twitter follower of SS: @jwitt33

  6. Twitter follower of Leila: @jwitt33

  7. I’m looking forward to Devoted by Hilary Duff. I enjoyed Elixir
    thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

  8. Chelsea B.

    Sounds good! I am looking forward to If You Hear Her by Shiloh Walker!

  9. Margaret

    Little Black Dress just came out and I have been anticipating it’s release! Thanks for the giveaway!


  10. I can’t wait for Crossed by Ally Condie! I’m so excited!
    I’m a Stiletto Storytime Follower! +1
    I follow you on twitter! +1
    I follow Leila on twitter! +1


    TaraTagli at gmail dot com

  11. stilettostorytime

    Thanks so far for everyone’s upcoming release suggestions…definitely brought a few to my attention. Thanks so much and good luck!

  12. Thanks for the giveaway! I am looking forward to Don’t Breathe a Word by Holly Cupala and Inheritance by Christopher Paolini, which I have on order. I follow you on Twitter and I RT your tweet. 🙂

  13. This looks like a fun book, please count me in!

    I am most looking forward for Crossed by Ally Condie. I *need* to know what happens!


  14. I am an RSS follower.


  15. I follow you on Twitter as @enterthedrew


  16. I follow Leila on Twitter as @enterthedrew


  17. kayla merritt

    I’m looking forward to Clockwork Prince and Pandemonium.

  18. Na S.

    There are tons of books I am looking forward to and an upcoming one is The Next Always by Nora Roberts.

  19. Nancye Davis

    I can’t think of a specific title of a book I’m looking forward to—–drawing a total blank on this one!

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  20. Nancye Davis

    I am an RSS follower

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  21. Nancye Davis

    I follow you on Twitter

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  22. Nancye Davis

    I follow Leila Sales on Twitter

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  23. Nancye Davis

    I Tweeted!

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  24. I am looking forward to The Iron Knight!

    Tweeted –!/arick01/status/126489755713142784

    Twitter follower to both @arick01
    Blog follower

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    danceislov27 At gmail DoT com

  25. stilettostorytime

    Thanks to everyone who entered…our winner is Aydrea! Congrats Aydrea and good luck to everyone else. Make sure to check out Stiletto Storytime’s other giveaways under the “giveaway” tab!

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