14 February 2013

Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt

Release Date: 26 March 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Format: ARC

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Goodreads description:
When Mallory’s boyfriend, Jeremy, cheats on her with an online girlfriend, Mallory decides the best way to de-Jeremy her life is to de-modernize things too. Inspired by a list of goals her grandmother made in 1962, Mallory swears off technology and returns to a simpler time (when boyfriends couldn’t cheat with computer avatars). The List:

1. Run for pep club secretary
2. Host a fancy dinner party/soiree
3. Sew a dress for Homecoming
4. Find a steady
5. Do something dangerous

But simple proves to be crazy-complicated, and the details of the past begin to change Mallory’s present. Add in a too-busy grandmother, a sassy sister, and the cute pep-club presient–who just happens to be her ex’s cousin–and soon Mallory begins to wonder if going vintage is going too far.

My Thoughts...

Fun.  When I think back on reading Going Vintage, that's the first word that comes to mind.  Mallory has a tendency to set her own trends, and they come and go like the phases of the moon.  When she finds a list that her grandmother wrote for the junior year of high school, Mallory decides that following and completing the list is the perfect way to move on past her current high school drama and find her way to a simpler, better lifestyle.  What she doesn't realize is that she has a whole lot more to learn about her own world and her grandmother's...

Mallory was a very fun and engaging character to get to know.  She's absolutely hilarious and very emotional...and a bit naive.  The combination led to a character who I found perfectly flawed. Her character had a depth that I wasn't necessarily expecting and this book was much more than the fluffy read that I went into it expecting.

The side characters that the reader encounters are equally engaging, from Mallory's sister to the enigmatic Oliver and her somewhat distant grandmother.  The story's cast is well-rounded and entertaining, and the story lacks the "insta-love" that I hear so many readers getting upset about these days. :)

Mallory's journey is not an easy one and many readers will easy relate to and engage with her story.  From family drama to fickle boys, her story has a realistic feel that will charm many readers--teens and adults alike.

1 comment:

Danny Bookworm said...

Ah I know many people have been crazy about this book. Now hearing it's so awesome seems like everyone has been right :)

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