Past Perfect by Leila Sales
Genre: Young Adult
Hardcover: 320 Pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release: October 4, 2011
Buy the Book: Amazon
About the Book:
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….
Interview with Leila Sales!
Does PAST PERFECT have a theme song?
It has a lot of theme songs. Definitely the two that appear as epigraphs on the first page: “Cemetery Gates,” by the Smiths, and “Impossible,” by the Shout Out Louds. Also “I Still Remember,” by Bloc Party. I’m actually working on a full PAST PEFECT playlist. It’s still in process, but you can check it out here: PAST PERFECT playlist. See if you can figure out from the lyrics why each song is included.
What characters from any book or movie would you choose to hang out with Chelsea?
I bet Chelsea would be into the war in JELLICOE ROAD. And she could hang out with Myra from Kristen Chandler’s GIRLS DON’T FLY. I’m proud of how both Chelsea and Myra deal with their difficult breakups with difficult boys.
Were there any books that inspired you when writing PAST PERFECT?
One of my favorite social science books is Benedict Anderson’s IMAGINED COMMUNITIES. The sections in there about historical narrative and the simultaneity of time helped inspire some of the big ideas in PAST PERFECT.
What scene in PAST PERFECT would you never, ever cut?
The scene near the end of the book, when Chelsea is in her room going through her Ezra file. That scene is so thematically important. Without the ideas raised in that chapter, the book becomes just a funny, surface-level romance. I also love the final paragraph of the book. I wrote the last couple lines months before the book was done, so I always knew what I was writing toward.
Can you tell us three things about Chelsea that no one else knows?
Well, no one else knows that she has that Ezra file!
Thanks for stopping by! Any other releases or works in progress you're excited about?
Yes! But none of them are far enough along that I could talk about them without worrying about jinxing them. Sorry!