Thursday, July 10, 2014
Review: Going Vintage
Author: Lindsey Levitt
Published: March 26, 2013
Paperback, 320 pages
5 Gold Stars
(summary from Goodreads)
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.
So this way the cutest book I've ever read. After Mallory gets dumped by a guy who cheated on her with his online girlfriend, she decides to go vintage - as in no cell phones, no computers and certainly no boys. She finds an old list of her grandma's when she's cleaning out her house and decides to use it as her starting point. If she can complete everything on the list, maybe then she'll be ready to move on from Jeremy. Her family thinks she's strange, Jeremy is trying desperately to get back together with her and Oliver, Jeremy's cousin and her new pep-club president is eager to help her out with whatever she needs and looks good doing it. So Mallory tries to sew for the first time ever, creates a pep-club from the ground up and tries to find a reason to still go to Homecoming without a date, all while trying to avoid her computer and cell phone. What ensues is a cute, fun read that shows you what's really important in life.
Mallory was a really cute character. I love that she decided to take her life into her own hands after discovering Jeremy's second life. The vintage part was a nice addition, setting this book apart from the rest of the break up stories out there. Mallory is determined and hard headed. Her sister was fantastic, a health nut who is willing to help Mallory with everything along the way. Mallory's grandmother was pretty fun too, she plays tennis and loves to sew. And Oliver is the perfect love interest. He's everything Jeremy is not, even though they're related, and he helps Mallory with everything she needs. Mallory makes some mistakes along the way and she hurts some of the people that she loves, which is so realistic that it's hard to read sometimes because we all do things we regret, but in the end she has come to terms with her life and everything that she's gone through and hopefully she makes it out alive and potentially with Oliver along the way.
This was a nice, fluffy read that made me feel really good at the end. I wish Mallory had been the one to actually sew the dress and that she had been the one to cook the dinner at soiree, but I understand that there was no way for her to do all these things in her short timeline. Oliver is the perfect book boyfriend and I loved that he was there for Mallory even when she didn't want to admit she needed him. Going back to 1962 would be fun, but it's not as fun as Mallory thinks it was. This was a great story about growing up, finding out who you are and realizing that not everyone is who you think they are and maybe that's okay.
“Adolescence is the same tragedy being performed again and again. The only things that change are the stage props.”
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