Past Perfect Life by Elizabeth Eulberg

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 Ally files her applications, they send up a red flag . . . because she's n...

Details Past Perfect Life

TitlePast Perfect Life
Release DateJul 9th, 2019
PublisherBloomsbury YA
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult Contemporary, Teen, Romance, Family, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

Reviews Past Perfect Life

  • OutlawPoet
    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 that even in her darkest hours, you're pretty sure that nothing ever will get to the point of dismally tragic.I liked every one of the characters. One I thought I might no...
  • TL
    3.5 starsBeen 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 *shrugs*The ending though was well done.Would recommend, a nice escape from reality and will pull on your heartstrings.
  • Stephanie
    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 Life was another of her books that I finished in one day.Ally lives in a small town with her father and her biggest problem is coming up with a decent topic for her col...
  • Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
    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 into this new world. Her name isn't her real name. She has a family and that family wants to get to know her. But, her whole life is torn apart.I found the whole story...
  • Ms. Yingling
    E ARC from Edelweiss PlusAlly'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, since she's always done well in school. Her best friend, Marian, is from the biggest family in town, so Ally has built in "cousins" and even a grandma. As her 18th birt...
  • Liza Wiemer
    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. Loved the Wisconsin setting and all the Green Bay Packer references. The fascinating family dynamics will keep you turning the pages. Elizabeth captures small-town W...
  • Samantha (WLABB)
    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 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. ...
  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
    3.5 STARSWhat 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 when she was three. In fact, her mom Paula has been looking for Amanda for nearly fifteen years since the toddler’s father kidnapped her. Now jailed, her father admits t...
  • Madison
    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 walks that balance between determined and flexible, cautious but brave, and a wonderful cast of secondary characters, Past Perfect Life is a compelling YA contemporary ...
  • Stacee
    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...
  • Anne Barker
    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 life and then one day finding out that your were kidnapped. Everything you thought you knew was a lie. For Ally, that is the case. Now she has to deal and cope with what...
  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)
    4.5 stars rounded upThis 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!*
  • Trisha
    Very compelling and authentic.Was with Ally all the way.
  • Rachel
    Real rating: 3.5 stars
  • Brittany Lamb
    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 uprooted. If Ally isn’t Ally… then who is she?This is a good, quick read. It just wasn’t great. I expected there to be more mystery and drama than there turns out to...
  • Elizabeth (BookishConnoisseur)
    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 for themselves in their small town. Even the town’s most prolific family, the Gleasons, has taken them in as their own. Ally’s best friend is Marian Gleason and M...
  • Carin
    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, her social security number is bounced back as invalid. She goes to her high school counselor to sort it out, and... The FBI shows up. Turns out, she's been kidnappe...
  • caitlin
    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 dad has been lying to her since she was a toddler, and stole her from her mom.There was enough in this book to maybe fill a few books on this story but I was a little d...
  • Nikki S
    Another intense read.... Real review to come.
  • tasha_thebookworm_
    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 snippet from the dad (Jason/Daniel). 2- Ally was a bit annoying. 3- The mom and daughter never really had a deep conversation about everything that happened or was happening...
  • Anna Motteler
    Predictable. Also the writing was very.... staged. Not very real to me. I felt like the author tried way too hard.
  • Azzurra Nox
    Very fast paced and compelling book. I enjoyed the wild ride it put me through. The characters are likable and to some extent relatable which makes it easier to get sucked into the story and care about what is happening to them.
  • Laura Gardner
    The Girl on the Milk Carton is better. I usually like Elizabeth Eulberg books, but this one fell a bit flat for me. Very little romance and Ally lacked personality. I’ll still probably buy it...maybe?
  • Jaime
    It isn’t often I read a book in one sitting and it says a lot about the book when I do. This book gave me all the feels, and I can’t wait to start recommending it to friends and students.
  • Kat
    A well written and unique novel for the young adult genre. I liked the premise and the main character. If you found out that you weren't who you thought what would you do? I think most would be overwhelmed by the secrets and lies so it did have a realistic quality to the plot. I think that the author conveys a teens emotions and need to find the truth.Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the E-arc copy of this novel.
  • Caitlin
    3.5/5 StarsAuthor: Elizabeth EulbergPublisher: Bloomsbury YAEdition: e-ARC, 344 Digital PagesHardcover Publication Date: July 09, 2019A Spine that Shines? Partially*This review is based on the e-ARC edition provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All quotes used in this review come from the uncorrected proof. These are my honest opinions. Thank you.* I try not to think about anything. The past is too painful, the present too confusing, and the f...