Title: Going Vintage
Author: Lindsey Leavitt
Source: Borrowed from the library
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 secretary2. Host a fancy dinner party/soiree3. Sew a dress for Homecoming4. Find a steady5. 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.
Mallory decides to take a break from technology when she finds out her boyfriend Jeremy cheated on her with a girl he met through the Internet. Mallory enlist the help of her sister Ginnie to help her go vintage. Mallory finds a letter her grandmother wrote in high school and decides to try to complete the list. As Mallory distances herself from technology she starts to find out how hard things can be without the convinced of technology and her grandmother's life was not as simple and sweet as she first thought.
Ginnie and Mallory's parents are a little eccentric and they embarrass them often. Ginnie is a super sweet and supportive sister to Mallory even when Mallory gets a little out of control. I liked Mallory's family as a whole, although they kept a lot of secrets of each other. Mallory's mother is keeping secrets from her family and Mallory's grandma has been keeping secrets from everyone, including Mallory's father. The family dynamic was fabulous, her family is a large part of the story. Mallory's and Jeremy's relationship is slowly picked apart throughout the novel. In the beginning, Mallory is obsessed with him but as the story progresses she sees a new side to him and as she grows apart from him and see him from a new light we see the other side of Jeremy. There was a lot of awesome side characters which I will not go into detail because I don't want to spoil the plot.
The concept of the story was intriguing. Mallory thinks that if she goes vintage that she will transport herself back to a time that was simpler and things will be simpler but she soon learns that is not the case and things are not always what they appear. She does her best to complete the list but she does meet a few obstacles along the way that hinder her progress.
Overall: Quick, and light with serious undertones. This is not a book I would likely re-read but I am glad I did read it. I do have one of Leavitt's other books on my shelves and I am looking forward to reading it.