Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt.Book description: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. (taken from Goodreads)
Objectionable:A couple kisses, language was a 3.9 or 21 words (most were suck and crap only about 4 were "really" cuss words), vague talk between Mallory and her mother about not giving away your "pieces".
Thoughts:I've read some the author's Princess For Hire series and really enjoyed them, even though they're technically middle grade. Lindsey Leavitt is a really great author, she has an easy flowing style that makes for happy books and funny characters. So I picked up this book expecting what was in the other books I had read and this book delivered. Mallory is stunned and hurt when she finds out that her boyfriend cheated on her with an online girlfriend. Hurt by technology and plain fed up with she swears off all technology, getting rid of her phone and computer...for a little while anyway. Then she finds a list of things that her Grandmother wanted to do, back when she was Mallory's age! This inspires Mallory to accomplish the things on the list.
So as Mallory sets out to finish this list, while living and dressing like it's 1962, she begins to be attracted to the very guy she should be staying away from. Her ex-boyfriend's unique cousin Oliver.
Pros:Mallory and her sister. They were hilarious and so perfect together! I really loved both of them, they were so unique and funny! That's another you should know about this book, you should expect to laugh :) There were also some great "quaint" vintage touches that were great. There is a bit of a mystery, romance, comedy, and bunches of fun. There's also this kinda hidden message that the author kinda gives you and lets you take away from it what you will :P If that made sense and everything. The message was that technology can be used for good and bad. Sometimes it's nice to get a break but don't forget that even with technology seeming like a terrible monster, things were just as "hard" and tough back when you parents and grandparents were teens.
Cons:There were a couple times in this book that I got a little bit bored. It's not super deep and doesn't have this really complex plot, although there were some surprises and mysteries. Other than that and maybe a little cliche over the top-ish stuff I really enjoy this book :)
Overall, this was a sweet read that I would recommend to my friends and other teen girls. It's sweet, funny, enjoyable, and a bit of a blast from the past. What's not to like?
Cover:Cute :) And 60s! I love the record, headphones and the radio. Plus the colors are cool :D