Past Perfect (Paperback)

By Leila Sales

Simon Pulse, 9781442406834, 336pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2012

List Price: 10.99*
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Winter 2012 Kids' Next List

“Ever wondered what it's like to work in a historical reenactment park? Chelsea works at Essex Historical Colonial Village, and it's more interesting that anyone could imagine: there's romance, heartbreak, and a war with the Civil War reenactment park across the street. A fun and funny teen read!”
— Lauren Peugh, Mrs. Nelson's Toy & Book Shop, La Verne, CA
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A sweet and clever novel about the woes of (boy) history repeating itself, from the author of Mostly Good Girls.

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....

About the Author

Leila Sales grew up near Boston, where she attended an all-girls high school uncannily similar to the school in her first novel, Mostly Good Girls. Leila has been an improv comedian and an internationally award-winning debater, but mostly she spends her time receiving unsolicited text messages from strangers, which you can read about at Find out more at and follow her on Twitter at @LeilaSalesBooks.

Praise For Past Perfect

“Ex-boyfriend angst, new-boyfriend jitters andbest-friend snits are a heck of a lot funnier when they take place at ahistorical-reenactment village….Chelsea's narration is peppered with sharp andwitty observation….Hilarious costumed hijinks in the spirit of Meg Cabot.” - Kirkus

“Chelsea is an appealing narrator with a sharp sense of humor, and readers will tear through this novel …. A satisfying and fun read.” - School Library Journal

"Unique premise...acerbically funny voice....The setting also allows for more serious meditations on the nature of history, memory, heartbreak, and love." - Horn Book

“Laugh-out-loud hilarious.” --Jezebel