Book Review: Going Vintage

Going Vintage CoverBook: Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt

Published March 2013 by Bloomsbury|Pages: 310

Where I Got It: Bought the hardcover!

Series: None

Genre: YA Contemporary

Goodreads|Lindsey Leavitt’s Website

Summary: 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 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.

Going Vintage was adorable!  I thought Mallory giving up technology was really unique, and one of the more interesting aspects of the book.  I mean, people are texting her and freaking out that she’s not responding right away.  One of her teachers thought she was odd when she told him she couldn’t use technology for an assignment…she had to do research the old-fashioned way, and go to the library and try to hunt things down without an actual card catalog and use a pay-phone to call her parents if she needed a ride home because she wasn’t using hers.

While I could talk about how technology plays a big role in our lives, I won’t, because Going Vintage is more about Mallory trying new things and connecting with her grandmother.  I liked that Mallory learned she would be okay, no matter what happens, and no matter what’s going on with technology.

I kind of expected Mallory to go completely vintage.  It did seem like she found some vintage-ish clothes to wear, and she was inspired by this list her grandmother made, but I was expecting more of a connection to the past.  Don’t get me wrong, I liked that Mallory found some peace, but I think I was expecting something a little more public.  Something a little more obvious.

Still, it was a cute, fun read, but you can’t help but think about technology and the role it plays.  I liked seeing people react to her experiment.

I loved her sister Ginnie, who has this huge personality.  She balances out Mallory so well, and she’s pretty freaking awesome.  I didn’t really like Mallory’s mom, who kept her blog a secret.  She even talks about Mallory’s break-up, and when Mallory finds out because of a technology relapse, she’s not happy.  I don’t blame her because she broke up with Jeremy because he cheated on her with someone online, and then her mom talks about it on her blog.  But…Mallory doesn’t explain why she’s going vintage to anyone- except for Ginnie, of course- which kind of made me wish that Mallory did talk about why she did it.  Plus, everyone was really forgiving of her mom, which was annoying.  But since the book is more about Mallory becoming more comfortable with herself, I get why her mom’s actions were glossed over.

Final Thoughts:

I really enjoyed Going Vintage.  There were times when I wished Mallory went more vintage, but overall, I really liked her journey and what she learned about herself.  Going Vintage gets 4 stars.

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