This past month, I was on a few panels for Contemporary fiction with authors like our own Lisa Schroeder, Daisy Whitney, Jay Asher, Jessi Kirby, Kirsten Hubbard, Emily Wing Smith, Corey Whaley, Andrew Smith, Liz Gallagher... okay, I'm not trying to be name droppy. Just to show there are A LOT of fabulous authors. And what's been interesting to me is how somber some to the audience questions are, how contemporary is often thought of as "edgy" or "raw", that something dark or deep means the story has greater merit.
When... no. This is not true. Under the vast umbrella of contemporary are beach reads, pick-me-ups, fun, humor, anguish, truth, deception, cutting-edge, bizarre, painful... you get it. Realistic fiction is real life, and real life can be any and all of these things at any given time.
My real life next week involves a beach vacation, and I've already purchased PAST PERFECT as my treat. The cover is fun, the tone seems light, there's obvious boy drama and a historical villages? Civil War against colonials? There is so much to love here. I can't wait to read this one very, very soon. (Now the bathing suit the same week as Thanksgiving? That I can wait for).
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….
Here are some fantastic reviews!
“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