Going Vintage


By Lindsey Leavitt
Published on March 26, 2013
Published by Bloomsbury
Source: Netgalley
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 in1962, 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 president–who just happens to be her ex’s cousin–and soon Mallory begins to wonder if going vintage is going too far
Going Vintage was so entertaining.  It has a fun premise- girl dumps her boyfriend when she finds out he has an online second life.  Girl then throws away all modern technology and vows to life a more simple life.  Hilarity and some strange twists ensue.

I think the funniest part of this was how "vintage" Mallory was living- not having a car, cell phone, or computer.  It made me laugh because I am only 30, but all of those things held true for me when I was in high school.  I didn't have a car, or a cell phone, or a computer until I went to college.  It made me laugh that that is considered vintage (although Mallory did go further). 

I was very upset by Mallory's mother and Grandmother.  They did some unexcusable things with no resolution in the book.   I wish the author would have taken a page or two to resolve those problems. I don't necessarily have an issue with how badly they treated Mallory, I think that was a very interesting part in the plot.  I am, though, a little disappointed that Mallory was pretty much like, "Oh well." and the book ended.

I am finding more and more that I do like cute contemporary reads like this.  They provide a breath of fresh air in between all of the fantasy and paranormal books.

1 comment:

  1. It was so interesting to see how Mallory made do without a cell phone. I got my first cell phone when I was 16 but it didn't have nearly the same capabilities as my current smartphone.

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