Author: Lindsey Leavitt
Publish Date: March 26th, 2013
“When Mallory discovers that her boyfriend, Jeremy, is cheating on her with an online girlfriend, she swears off boys. She also swears off modern technology. Inspired by a list of goals her grandmother made in 1962, Mallory decides to "go vintage" and return to a simpler time (when boyfriends couldn't cheat on you online). She sets out to complete grandma's list: run for pep club secretary, host a dinner party, sew a homecoming dress, find a steady, do something dangerous. But the list is trickier than it looks. And obviously finding a steady is out . . . no matter how good Oliver (Jeremy's cousin) smells. But with the help of her sister, she'll get it done. Somehow.
Lindsey Leavitt perfectly pairs heartfelt family moments, laugh-out-loud humor, and a little bit of romance in this delightful contemporary novel.”
Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt is a story almost everyone living in this age of technology can relate to. It tells the story of Mallory, a girl who just found out her boyfriend has been having a secret relationship with a girl over an Internet game. But when she dumps him for being a virtual cheater she's the one who is publicly bashed on the Internet, causing her to swear off technology. It's a look at what it really means to disconnect from society. Is going vintage Mallory's way of disconnecting, or was she, even with her cell phone, email, and social networks, already disconnected from society?
One of my favorite things about Going Vintage is the emphasis on family that you don't usually see in YA novels. A YA heroine's family is usually absentee, annoyingly infringing to the point of avoidance, or mentioned a few times in passing but never really introduced. Not the case for Mallory's family. Her little sister Ginnie is her best friend and her partner in her sixties shenanigans. Her parents, as much as she wants to avoid them at times, are still always present and their relationship plays a big role in the novel. Then there's Mallory's grandmother, the whole inspiration for her going vintage in the first place. The family bonds forged and fights had are right at the center of this novel and it's actually a lot of fun to read about.
The romance in Going Vintage is one of those slow growing, ever changing kinds. It starts out as merely a friendship between Mallory and her ex's cousin, Oliver, but it's no surprise when things start to get more serious for these two. It's not an "Oh my God, he's so hot" or "She's so beautiful I can't take my eyes off of her" type romance. It's more like a meeting of two kindred souls who could become more to each other in the future. It was sweet and beautiful and refreshing to read.
I really love the way every chapter starts with one of Mallory's lists. They were entertaining to read and usually very telling of what was coming up in a chapter. They left me wanting to come up with a list or two of my own.
Going Vintage is a lighthearted, yet still poignant novel that takes a look at the ways technology has changed our society, and the ways it hasn't. Lovers of contemporary will fall in love with Mallory's quirky style and Leavitt's quirky sense of humor.
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