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Past Perfect by Leila Sales
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Apr 27, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: contemporary, chuckles, thrilling, books-i-own
Read from April 08 to 09, 2012

** spoiler alert ** Oh my, what a delightful, enjoyable, fun easy to read book! I wanted something nice and light to read and this was exactly what I was looking for. I got so caught up in the story that I could barely put it down. The story was set around a community of 're-enactments/re-enactors', tourist destinations that reenact important times and places of the past eg. the US Civil War. There are two very similar 're-enactment villages' that are basically across the road from each other the teenagers that work in each, conduct a very real war each summer. Stunts like placing telephones strategically around the village (because these telephones didn't exist back in 1770), or sticking confederate flags on peoples windscreens - stunts like these were pulled by kids from each side and if things got a bit out of control, the two groups met for war council, at the local ice-cream shop. I smiled and laughed and giggled at the malarky!!
But there was also a bit of a serious side. Girls, realising that they are trying to be someone else just to be the person they think their boyfriend wants, friends best friends being honest with each other, teenagers just trying to find their place. The author captures the teen voice extremely well and has developed some strong characters. I found myself just wanting to go and get a job at the re-enactment village and hang out with Chelsea and Fiona (who on a side note have decided to also become ice-cream connoisseurs and are working their way through every imaginable flavour of ice-cream!!).
And lastly... Dan. Oh Dan. What a sweet, funny, slightly damaged swoon-worthy boy you turned out to be. Even though you are fighting on the wrong side of the war.

“Also, he was kind of cute. Not really, of course, since he was the enemy, and the enemy cannot possibly be cute. He was only cute enough to make me wish I could free my hands so that I could fix my hair. I mean, fix my hair, then punch him in the face, and then run.” - said by Chelsea
"My enemy is actually my friend if I have another enemy who is also the enemy of my first enemy." - said by Fiona
“Don't get me wrong, I love my parents and all. But my father and I have the sort of loving relationship in which, whenever he says more than one sentence in a a row to me, I want to stab myself in the heart with a a recently formed silver knife.” - said by Chelsea
“We shouldn't be doing this." Dan broke the silence, his voice low. "We would both get in trouble." He stood up. "Let's go back."
"We shouldn't be doing what?" I scrambled to my feet. "What exactly are we doing?"
"You mean consorting?"
"Sure, consorting. Cavorting. Carousing." He paused to take a deep breath.
"Kissing." Then he leaned in and pressed his mouth to mine.” - said by Dan and Chelsea
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