Published: March 26, 2013
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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).
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.
I love that as a reader I was introduced to the idea of living a vintage lifestyle at the same time Mallory was. We were learning how things were in the 1960's together, because of this, I loved the book that much more.
Mallory is sarcastic and determined in Lindsey Leavitt's Going Vintage. I found it extremely easy to like and relate to Mallory and the situation she was in. I mean really, who hasn't had to deal with a guy acting like a complete tool?
In the words of Mallory: "Lists add a number to randomness, give ideas the illusion of order." I thought I'd honor her love of lists and write down five thing I loved about Going Vintage.
1. Mallory's sister, Ginnie, is just as witty as Mallory! I love listening to their sisterly banter and how they stick it out together in their plan of going vintage.
2. Oliver: the unexpected friend Mallory finds in non other than her ex-boyfriends cousin. Very charming...
3. Mallory's family takes a trip to Disney Land and it may not be the perfect family vacation, but I had fun vicariously going on rides! I've only been twice, so I loved that the park was incorporated into the book.
4. I love how Leavitt discussed how technology has taken away the joys of just living in the moment, that 'now' is the best time there is.
5. The flow of the book felt easy and I didn't feel like there were any slow parts. I loved how the story ended and how Mallory's journey is just beginning!
"I don't have a thing. How can I not have a thing? I've tried a million things, but nothing that I can claim. Nothing that I'm good at, nothing that's mine."
Going Vintage is a fast paced read that takes you back to the good old days of the US of A! While having all of technology vanish from her life, Mallory learns that living in the moment is something that needs to be more appreciated and that moving on from heart break takes time.