Past Perfect Life

Past Perfect Life

by Elizabeth Eulberg


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Small-town Wisconsin high school senior Allison Smith loves her life the way it is—spending quality time with her widowed father and her tight-knit circle of friends, including best friend Marian and maybe-more-than-friends Neil. Sure she is stressed out about college applications . . . who wouldn't be? In a few short months, everything's going to change, big time.

But when Ally files her applications, they send up a red flag . . . because she's not Allison Smith. And Ally's—make that Amanda's—ordinary life is suddenly blown apart. Was everything before a lie? Who will she be after? And what will she do as now comes crashing down around her?

Perfect for fans of Far From the Tree, this is the story of one teen's search for herself amid the confusion of a shattered past and a future far from all she planned.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781547600922
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 07/09/2019
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 119,901
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Elizabeth Eulberg is the award-winning author of middle-grade novels The Great Shelby Holmes and The Great Shelby Holmes Meets Her Match, and internationally bestselling author of YA titles The Lonely Hearts Club, Prom & Prejudice, Take a Bow, Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality, Better Off Friends, We Can Work it Out, and Just Another Girl.Originally from Wisconsin, Elizabeth now lives outside of Manhattan, but continues to eat cheese and cheer on the Packers because you can take the girl out of the Midwest . . . @ElizEulberg (Twitter)

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Past Perfect Life 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
book_junkee 3 months ago
I have read and enjoyed Elizabeth’s previous books and I loved the sound of this one. I liked Ally well enough. She’s had a huge things revealed to her and she’s handling it the best she can. I loved her friends and how supportive they were. The Florida family meant well and I did like how they strived to learn who Ally was. Her mom was sort of a struggle to read, but I could understand how she felt. Plot wise, I was expecting a little more of a mystery type thing. Everything is revealed pretty quickly and while the aftermath is what the entire book is about, it felt like all telling. Scenes did get repetitive and characters did seem flat. Overall, it was a quick read, with characters I liked, but wish I could have gotten to know a bit better. **Huge thanks to Bloomsbury for providing the arc free of charge**
kozbisa 4 months ago
A secret from Ally's past has caught up with her, which drastically altered her life, and threatened to derail her future. I am going to apologize up front for being vague, but it is too easy to give away the plot here, and I liked when my suspicions were confirmed. It was a good gasp worthy moment for me, and I want you to have that too. Therefore, I will share as much as I think I can without spoiling anything. "Two truths and a lie?" "I'm angry. I'm scared. My life." • My emotions! I will admit, my emotions were all over the place as I read this one. I was definitely channeling Ally at times, because I felt mad, hurt, sad, empty, frustrated, happy, and swoony. I would definitely say, that Eulberg did an amazing job conveying the emotions of the characters in this book. • Found family - It was just Ally and her dad, but she was lucky enough to be "adopted" by her best friend Marian, who came from a HUGE family. They were her de facto family, and when push came to shove, they stood up for her and stood by her side. • An adorable romance - Right before her life imploded, Ally finally declares her feelings for her long time crush. The two of them together were utterly precious and so, so cute. My heart broke just thinking about them having to be apart, but that boy kept surprising me (and Ally) in the best ways. • Father-daughter bond - Ally and her dad shared something special, which I think is not too unusual when it comes to small families. I adored all their "theme nights", and their affection for each other was really beautiful. • Setting - Hello, Wisconsin! It was nice to be out in the midwest for a little change of pace, and Eulberg treated us to lots of weather, cheese, and Packers related anecdotes. I also loved their small town, and the way all the residents circled round to protect Ally. • Friendship - Ally was blessed with an incredible group of friends. Their lunch time follies were amusing, and I was really touched by their dedication to each other. This was an emotional and compelling read. I really tore through it, and though, I wish there was an epilogue, I was still left really hopeful for Ally and her family.