Past Perfect Life by Elizabeth Eulberg

      Past Perfect Life by Elizabeth Eulberg, Bloomsbury, 9781547600922, 2019

Format: Hard Cover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review)  4

Genre:  Realistic Fiction

What did you like about the book? Ally Smith is a high school senior who has a great life in her small town in Wisconsin.  Warm, compassionate friends, doting Dad and a future with unlimited potential. Her world is turned upside down when the FBI and local police arrive at her home and arrest her Dad for kidnapping Ally when she was three years old.  

 I was immediately hooked with this premise, and kept reading because of Elizabeth Eulberg’s writing style. 

 Ally is a strong young woman who has had all of her life decisions taken away from her when her Mom brings her back to her place of birth in Florida and tries to force fit Ally into her new life. 

I think YA readers will love this strong character and how she deals with all of the upheaval.  It is reminiscent of The Face on the Milk Carton.

Anything you didn’t like about it? I felt that the Mom’s character was very selfish, almost contrived to be the bad guy in the story.  A bit unrealistic. 

Who should buy this book? Middle School and High School Libraries, public libraries

Where would you shelve it? Realistic Fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Maybe not the top, but certainly an enjoyable read.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Amy Bloom, retired Middle School Librarian, Natick, MA

Date of review: September 18, 2019


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