Title: Going Vintage
Author: Lindsey Leavitt
Publish Date: March 26, 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
When Mallory discovers that her boyfriend, Jeremy, is cheating on her with an online girlfriend, she swears off boys. She also swears off modern technology. Inspired by a list of goals her grandmother made in 1962, Mallory decides to “go vintage” and return to a simpler time (when boyfriends couldn’t cheat on you online). She sets out to complete grandma’s list: run for pep club secretary, host a dinner party, sew a homecoming dress, find a steady, do something dangerous. But the list is trickier than it looks. And obviously finding a steady is out . . . no matter how good Oliver (Jeremy’s cousin) smells. But with the help of her sister, she’ll get it done. Somehow. Lindsey Leavitt perfectly pairs heartfelt family moments, laugh-out-loud humor, and a little bit of romance in this delightful contemporary novel.
Could you just totally cut yourself off of all technology to go vintage? No internet, no cell phone, no LED alarm clocks, not even a peek at Friendspace. That’s what Mallory did after she found out that her boyfriend was cheating on her with someone online by the name of BubbleYum. Jeremy was her first love so naturally she takes it hard and while packing up her grandma’s house she finds a list that her grandma made in 1962. The List helps Mallory heal more or less and focus on getting the things on this list done while also gets Mallory to know a bit more about herself.
Mallory has the help of her sister Ginnie to get the list done. I loved Ginnie to death, she seemed like an awesome and supporting sister who would do anything for Mallory. When Mallory tries to get the Pep club started, she gets a bit more than she bargained for such as Oliver, Jeremy’s cousin, helping her out along the way. Oliver, what can you say about him? At first I thought he was going to be a weirdo but he really was a sweet guy that you couldn’t help but root for.
Their relationship, while confusing for Mallory and Oliver, was sweet and refreshing.
“What do you say when someone gives you the one thing you need, even if you don’t know it until you have it?”
There was more to the book as well with the little sideline stories that I rather enjoyed a lot. Such as the story with their Mom and the Grandma was really great. I’m glad they were in there and they were really not expected, especially the grandma’s!
So, all in all, this being my first book read for the year 2013, I think we’re off to an awesome start. I loved this book and can’t wait to add it to my physical collection of books.
“Adolescence is the same tragedy being performed again and again. The only things that change are the stage and the props.”
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