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:328 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 ...
  • Kristy
    Sep 25, 2019
    Ally Smith has a happy life in Wisconsin with her dad and her friends. Her only worry is her college applications, but that?s normal. But when Ally officially filed them, they send up a red flag due to her social security number. It seems that Ally Smith isn?t Ally Smith. Her real ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ask ...
  • 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. ...
  • Caryn
    Nov 29, 2019
    This had a Robin Benway feel to it and I realized I need more contemporary YA in my life. While the story was a tad predictable, I was along for the ride and not mad about it. In fact, the story screams for a sequel. Glad I picked this one up. If you enjoy ?ripped from the headlines?...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Alexa
    Dec 04, 2019
    I went into this thinking it was a suspense novel but it is NOT. What it *is* is a hugely engrossing, emotionally high stakes YA contemporary. I loved what it was, but I do think it was marketed just a tick like it was suspense which does a disservice to suspense readers IMO. (Like... ...
  • Trisha
    May 16, 2019
    Very compelling and authentic. Was with Ally all the way. ...
  • 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...
  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    Nov 07, 2019
    Past Perfect Life by Elizabeth Eulberg, 336 pages. Bloomsbury, 2019. $19 Language: R (52 swears, 3 ?f?); Mature Content: G; Violence: G BUYING ADVISORY: HS, MS - OPTIONAL AUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGH Allison, high school senior, loves her life. She and her family live a quiet ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  •  Amelia
    Dec 23, 2019
    I have obviously misinterpreted the plot of this book XD I thought this was gonna be a twisty mystery about Ally's past and who knows what. Instead, this book has NO plot. They literally find out who she is 20% in and the rest of the book everyone's just like "are you okay" "this must ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Stephanie Fitzgerald
    Sep 02, 2019
    What Stood Out to Me: I adored Cooney's The Face on the Milk Carton and Whatever Happened to Janie?; read and re-read them when they came out in the 80's. This book reminded me so much of those two. Reading Past Perfect Life as an adult gave some food for thought. The biological paren...
  • 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...
  • Alia
    Oct 25, 2019
    Okay... just hard to keep track of time in this, even though the narrator kept talking about it. Plus the ending was pretty rushed. I didn't feel like the plot was resolved near the end. ...