Summer loving, had me a blast……in full on revolutionary gear. Gonna party like it’s 1774 baby!! Okay so Chelsea and her crazy pants parents (who are AWESOME, can I get a what what for parents who actually *don’t* suck?!) spend their summers working as re-enactors at Essex Village. But this year Chelsea wants to be a normal teen and like sell t-shirts at the gap, or even better, work at an ice cream store where she can continue her goal to become an ice cream expert. But her BFF Fiona is like WHAT? NO! and so they go work at Essex together. Which would totes be fine, but Ezra, the guy who dumped Chelsea (for like NO reason because she is AWESOME) is working their too which kinda sucks. Throw in a war against the Civil War re-enactors that put up shop down the road and well, this summer, things are CRAZY and so past perfect (I know, I know, I slay myself sometimes too. And by sometimes I obvs mean all the time).
Honestly you guys…..it’s books like Past perfect that make me SO happy that I’m literate. Because as much as it would blow not being able to read, it would blow more not being able to read THIS book.
Chelsea. Chelsea, Chelsea, Chelsea….I LOVE HER!!!! If we hung out she’d teach me about the Revolutionary war and stuff over ice cream, because I LOVE ICE CREAM. Fiona would come too because she rocks my face off. We would talk about Ezra, even though Chelsea is so totally too good for him!! Also we would discuss war tactics and how we could use my British accent to go spy on their asses! Like Harriett! If me and Chelsea lived in 1774, I would totes go traitor for her…………without a doubt.
You guys, Leila is so funny it’s not even LEGAL. Like outrageously funny, in a way that’s not forced, she just IS and it shows in her writing. Everything flows from one thing to the next so seamlessly it’s insane, from the whimsical to the hilarious to the heartfelt and insightful. If her writing was ice cream, it would be a solid 10. Because damn is she CLEVER. It’s the quiet funnies that creep up on you, which snap to whip –smart one liners, to the snarky inner monologue and it all just WORKS, because she knows what she’s doing with her words. She never tries to over saturate the pages with gags that make you want to vom, because she’s funny without having to try, and let me tell you it makes ALL the difference.
Also, the war? COULD YOU GET A BETTER PLOT LINE? I THINK NOT. You guys, ever since Jellicoe Road and the war between the townies, boardies and cadets I have been like WHY is there hardly any turf wars in books because IT’S THE BEST THING EVER. And it involves history. SOLD. Any book that lets me live vicariously through people at war, planning strategies and pranks to make total farb’s of them, is like bookgasm worthy. AND I BOOKGASMED MORE THAN ONCE.
I can’t go without the obligatory sexytimes talk. This has that whole will they won’t they, should they shouldn’t they vibe ALL OVER IT. The slow burn baby, it’s back with a vengeance to make your pants melt and your knees weak. JUST SAYIN. And having this all in the wondrous setting of Essex was like KAPOW IN MY PANTS. Because it was like going to summer camp with the cool kids.
Ladies and gents, Sales has done it again. If I wasn’t a major fan girl already because of the amaze that is Mostly Good Girls, then this would’ve sealed the deal. WITH SUPER STRONG GLUE. She is a genius at contemporary literature with relatable spunky smart characters. She is a genius at the funnies and the themes and dialogue and relateableness. Basically, she is a genius full stop.
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