Past Perfect Life

Past Perfect Life

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 Small-town Wisconsin high school senior Allison Smith loves her life the way it is-spending quality time with her widow...

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Title:Past Perfect Life
Author:Elizabeth Eulberg
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Genres:Young Adult
ISBN:1547600926
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

Past Perfect Life Reviews

  • caitlin
    Jun 23, 2019
    Review copy courtesy of NetGalley. This book had a very compelling premise: Allison lives in a small town in Wisconsin, has a super close relationship with her dad, and is excited to apply to college. But applying to college triggers a very unexpected life change: she discovers her ...
  • OutlawPoet
    Jun 25, 2019
    This is one of those books that has absolutely no surprises. Everything happens exactly as you expect it will. People behave the way you expect. It ends the way you expect. Despite the tough subject matter, it's a feel good book. Our main character has such a community around her...
  • Rachel
    Jun 12, 2019
    Real rating: 3.5 stars ...
  • Carin
    Jul 08, 2019
    Ally Smith lives in an adorable small town in Wisconsin, where she is in with the "in crowd," which is a family that comprises half the town (literally). The boy she likes might actually be into her. And she's pretty sure about her college plans. Until, while filling out applications, ...
  • Kelly Hager
    Jul 07, 2019
    I felt so awful for Ally. I can't imagine how it would feel to learn that everything you thought you knew about your life was a lie. Then, as an added bonus, you would have to go live with strangers in an entirely different state.  And Ally does her best. She doesn't continually as...
  • Anna Motteler
    Jul 18, 2019
    Predictable. Also the writing was very.... staged. Not very real to me. I felt like the author tried way too hard. ...
  • Canadian
    Sep 04, 2019
    (2.5) Ally Smith and her dad moved to Valley Falls, Wisconsin eight years ago, where they were welcomed with open arms by the large Gleason clan, who basically run the place. The mayor, sheriff, and elementary school principal are Gleasons, and many of the important businesses in town ...
  • Shauna Yusko
    Sep 03, 2019
    Could totally booktalk this one! ...
  • Charlotte
    Jul 03, 2019
    an interesting premise, but Eulberg's writing didn't work well for me, and some details, like a 17 year old girl lovingly popping food into her father's mouth, felt off...not sure if this was a brilliant, understated example of the father being weird in his raising her to a pretty unhe...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Apr 12, 2019
    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Ally's life in a small Wisconsin town hasn't been perfect, but she's happy. Her father works in construction, and sometimes things are financially difficult, but she's applying for college scholarships and has a good chance of attending a state university, ...
  • Liza Wiemer
    May 13, 2019
    This may very well be my favorite Elizabeth Eulberg novel, and that says a lot! Allison Smith lives with her widowed dad and their relationship is sweet, caring, and loving. It's what most people would hope for between daughters and their fathers. But not everything is as it appears. ...
  • TL
    Aug 02, 2019
    3.5 stars Been awhile since I finished a book in a day :) This wasn't a new idea but it was addicting and hard to put down :) Brought me to tears a few times as well. I thought the ending was a little rushed. It would have been more touching if it had been a little longer *shrug...
  • Trisha
    May 16, 2019
    Very compelling and authentic. Was with Ally all the way. ...
  • Llyr Heller-Humphreys
    Aug 28, 2019
    I'm not crying, you're crying... What a well written book. I really liked how the main character tried her best to please others, but she also needed to be her true self. I felt for all the characters, which doesn't usually happen. I know it's a stand-alone, but I think a second book w...
  • Madison
    Jul 01, 2019
    What would you do when you discover you?re not who you thought you were? A homage to home, friendship and family, Past Perfect Life delves into the questions of what family really means and what it takes to discover where you truly belong. With a strong female lead character who walk...
  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)
    Jun 16, 2019
    4.5 stars rounded up This story was such a powerhouse of emotions. I could not stop thinking about it and what I would do if I were in Ally's position. Highly recommend to everyone. Frtc *Huge thanks to Bloomsbury for sending an arc for me to read an review!* ...
  • Stacee
    Jul 14, 2019
    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 ...
  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
    Jul 12, 2019
    3.5 STARS What do you do when you learn your whole life is a lie? When even your name isn?t your name and your mother didn?t die when you were three and your dad has been lying to you your whole life? Ally discovers her real name is Amanda and that her mom didn?t really die...
  • Stephanie
    Apr 21, 2019
    I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review. I discovered Elizabeth Eulberg a couple years ago and she quickly became one of my favorite YA Contemporary authors. I really can?t believe that more people aren?t talking about her books. Past Perfect ...
  • Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
    Jul 10, 2019
    This is the first book I've read by Eulberg and I know that I'll be reading her again in the future! The story was just so heartfelt. Ally has a normal life up until she starts applying for college. That's when she finds out that her father kidnapped her as a child and she's thrust int...
  • Forever Young Adult
    Jul 11, 2019
    Graded By: Stephanie Cover Story: Monopoly House Destruction BFF Charm: Big Sister Swoonworthy Scale: 3 Talky Talk: Lightweight Bonus Factors: Wisconsin, Awesome Stepdads Anti-Bonus Factor: Awful Grownups Relationship Status: Onlooker Read the full book report here. ...
  • Samantha (WLABB)
    Jun 23, 2019
    A secret from Ally's past had 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 ga...
  • Sharon
    Sep 05, 2019
    Ally Smith has a perfect life in her small Midwest town, living only with her father and her dog, but having an extended family through her best friend. When Ally's life is shattered after the secrets of her past come flooding out, will her life be forever altered? Can Ally go back but...
  • Out of the Bex
    Sep 02, 2019
    I enjoyed the heck out of it. I did not go into this expecting to love it as much as I did. It is rare that I am so invested in contemporary characters, but wow. I loved Ally and the whole lot. One of my annoyances with modern YA is that they too often write teenagers as if the...
  • Elizabeth (BookishConnoisseur)
    Jun 12, 2019
    Ally Smith lives in a small town in Wisconsin. Her life isn?t perfect, but she?s happy. At home it?s just her and her widowed father. They have special traditions each night of the week; Taco Tuesday, Pizza Wednesdays, and Football Sundays. They are close and have built a life fo...
  • Taylor Williams
    Aug 13, 2019
    I enjoyed this!! It definitely did not go where I thought it was going to but I thought it was a different and more ??upbeat?? second half ...
  • Brittany Lamb
    Apr 29, 2019
    I?m becoming increasingly irritated with all of the average reads I?m completing lately. Ally lives a very quiet, normal, simple life. In fact, she?s still struggling to think of anything extraordinary to write about in her scholarship applications when her whole life gets upr...
  • Amanda -- TheFunSizeReader
    Aug 19, 2019
    The Fun Size Reader Instagram I really liked this book and flew through it in like 2 days. I ordered it as a YA BOTM add on, and I actually got to meet Elizabeth and hear about her inspiration for it. What I wasn?t expecting from it was how much it would make me think and feel abo...
  • tasha_thebookworm_
    Jul 08, 2019
    The synopsis for the book gave me Lifetime movie vibes which I absolutely love so I figured I?d love the book, unfortunately I did not. 1- I wish there was more in the book about what happened between Ally?s parents from the mother?s (Paula) point of view. We only get a snipp...
  • Anne Barker
    Jul 23, 2019
    Thank you to BOTM YA for sending me a copy of Past Perfect Life. If you want to get this book, you still can. BOTM has a YA club now and if you are interested in it, you can sign up with my link in my Instagram bio. @stay_reading.stay_gold. Ohmygosh this book. Imagine living your...