Going Vintage

Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt

Going VintageWhen 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 president–who just happens to be her ex’s cousin–and soon Mallory begins to wonder if going vintage is going too far. 

The Story:

After finding out her boyfriend, Jeremy, was cheating on her with a pseudo-wife (don’t ask, he’s a tool) on Friendspace, Mallory is done. She checks out. No answering his calls or texts. No e-mails. Absolutely no Friendspace. In those short hours after her discovery she helps her dad clean out her grandmother’s attic to prepare Grams to move to a senior community and Mallory discovers the answer to all of her problems written in a journal her grandmother kept in 1962, when she was the same age:

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

Something tells Mallory this will be the key to everything. She’ll do everything on this list. And she’ll live life like it was for her grandmother in the sixties, back when life was far simpler (right, in the sixties). Remove the complications brought on my modern technology like the computer (and  Friendspace, obvs), get rid of the cell phone and information on demand, go back to a time when life was far easier and live like Grandma–who turned out to be a pretty amazing lady–did in her youth.

Fabulous idea, right? Only it’s harder than it seems. First off, everyone thinks Mallory is cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs. Also, no computer means no internet for reports (and going back to the Dark Ages of library card catalogs), no phone to call home. Also, she needs to start a pep club and she isn’t really sure what exactly that entails. But Mallory does it. She embraces a new kind of life. One without the conveniences and without some of the annoyances. Life without Jeremy. She branches out and does a few things that scare her. She gets to know the cousin of her ex (who just happens to be ador-a-ble) and she learns about herself, about her family and about the grandmother whose life she’s always idealized.

My Take:

Holy cow, this is soooo my kind of book. It’s absolutely adorable. And what a cute idea–vintage. I loved the references to an era gone by, one of jello molds and food served on toothpicks as the height of chic.

Mallory is the center of the story and a protagonist it’s impossible not to love. She’s a grade-A dork, but in a fun, not to self-conscious way. She’s led by this belief that life was easier–better– during her grandmother’s generation, a feeling I relate to when I watch shows like Leave it to Beaver or Bewitched (it’s probably the main reason I love both of those shows). It takes time for her to see that every person in every time has difficulties and that things are never, ever what they seem. Taking that journey with her, as she’s determined to change her priorities and be more like the woman she so admires, is what I enjoyed so much.

Leavitt is a wonderful writer who created such bright, charming characters (and perfect moments of sweet romantic tension) and a world I’d gladly visit again.

Crush Intensity: 4.75/5  So very cute. It’s a happy book with a great, deeper message.

Thank you to Net Galley and Bloomsbury for giving me an e-galley of Going Vintage. I loved it.


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