Summary (from the publisher):
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?
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
Elizabeth Eulberg was one of my first YA authors, having read Prom & Prejudice and Take a Bow back in middle school. I picked up Prom & Prejudice at one of the greatest elementary school happenings of all time, the Scholastic Book Fair! That being said, I was excited to jump into her upcoming book, Past Perfect Life. I picked this July 2019 release at Book Expo, also getting to meet and chat with Elizabeth Eulberg. We had one of the best conversations ever about Parks & Recreation and The Good Place!
Past Perfect Life follows high school senior Ally Smith, who is doing typical high school senior things like applying to college. What’s not so typical? As a result of filling out her applications, Ally finds out that she is not really Ally Smith and discovers that the past fifteen years of her life have been a lie.
Past Perfect Life is the perfect read for contemporary fans who love a touch a suspense or mystery in their reading lives. This book really reminded me of The Face on the Milk Carton, which I also happened to read in middle school. I don’t want to give too many spoilers, but I feel like the summary for this one is also a tad unspecific for the sake of spoilers. Somewhat like The Face on the Milk Carton, Ally finds out that her biological father kidnapped her from her mother when she was three years old. Ally must also contend with her newfound family, in that her biological mother wants Ally to move to Florida to live with her step family.