What a fun book! I LOVE the premise. If you ever spent the majority of your family vacations at museums and historical sites (Colonial Williamsburg, Gettysburg, Greenfield Village to name a few), you will greatly appreciate Chelsea's summer job at a Colonial re-enactment village. In fact, her parents work there too, they're the silversmiths, and for as long as she can remember, she worked summers as the silversmith's daughter dressed in Colonial-era garb to entertain tourists.
This summer, Chelsea pleads for a new assignment, just down the way at the village graveyard, and sets her sights on a great summer with her best friend who joined the re-enacters for the first time. Only at orientation, her ex-boyfriend Ezra is seated among the new recruits, which will make it quite difficult to get over him.
The Colonial re-enacters are a proud bunch, especially considering across the street from their historical village is another historical village -- the Civil War-era ReenatctmentLand. The teenage re-enacters from both sides are bitter rivals, enacting their own covert war fought with pranks and sometimes worse, all beyond the prying eyes of the adults. When Chelsea and a rival "Civil Warrior" meet and find they don't actually hate each other, Chelsea must decide if cavorting with the enemy is worth the risk.
Their allegiance to historical authenticity and cracks about era-appropriate clothing make this such a funny, different YA story. I had so much fun with it I just kept on reading and finished the whole book on one summer day.
Stay tuned tomorrow for a GUEST POST!