A remarkable story about one teen facing extraordinary and shocking circumstances, Past Perfect Lift by Elizabeth Eulberg is a compelling read filled with family, friendship, and finding yourself.
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?
I must confess a particular fondness for Elizabeth Eulberg, and all that she writes. Her first novel came out right around the same time this blog launched, and it was one of the first books we ever featured prominently. I’ve been delighted to continue working with Elizabeth over the years to feature her books, and I’ve always been charmed and delighted by her fun YA romances and her captivating middle grade spin on Sherlock Holmes. I can always count on her books to delight me. But I must confess, Past Perfect Life might be my favorite one of her books to date.
Tackling a much heavier storyline than any of her previous books, Past Perfect Life kept me on my toes from start to finish. All I knew going into the book was that Ally’s life was a lie — but how? In what way? What was the true story & what would happen when it was revealed?
Finding the answers to these questions (and more) kept me eagerly turning the pages, but even as I raced to guess where things were going, Eulberg continued to surprise me. I absolutely loved seeing this shocking and unexpected story unfold — and seeing how the people in her life rallied and came together. Because as crazy as the twist of this story is, it’s the people at the heart of the book that really make Past Perfect Life something so special.
This book proves that family is more than blood; it’s the people you choose and the people who choose you. It’s about friendship and love and figuring out who you are, even amidst the most extraordinary circumstances A remarkable book grounded with heartfelt emotions and the most lovely cast of characters, look for Past Perfect Life in stores July 9th.