Originally Posted: March 23, 2013
Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published: March 26th 2013 by Bloomsbury
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).
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.
I'm not one to go on professing my love for a guy (fiction or otherwise) but Oliver: he's a dreamboat. He's the kind of guy that you grow to like throughout the story; it's not exactly love at first sight.
Now that I have that out of the way:
Ginchy! Loved, loved, loved. So cute!
The story is so bubbly and fun. Mallory is a great YA character. I love that she comes out a stronger person at the end. I've wanted so long to find a character like her.
One that isn't afraid to go against what is normal, technology, and just do her own thing. (Or really her grandmas own thing.)
One that realizes it's not all about the boyfriend. First and foremost, it's about finding who you want to be. What you want to be known for, not just as some guy's girlfriend.
Because as Mallory learned once you lose the guy, or in her case call him a tool and leave him, you might lose yourself. Which is sad.
"Sad" being the nicest word I could think of to describe such a pathetic situation.
But hey, it happens.
Another thing Mallory learns is no matter how much we ("we" including myself) know we really belong in a different era we're incredibly lucky to be living in this one. Easy communication with anyone, easy solution to boredom (writing this on my phone as I wait), easy access to practically anything and books like this.
That's mainly what I'm thankful for from this era the huge amount of amazing books we have to choose from and the few that feature girls like Mallory.
Definitely an instant favorite!