Book Summery (Via 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 I have been in a bit of a reading slump. I needed something with a bit of zing to help get me back to my love of reading. That's exactly what Going Vintage did! A story centered around a girl who works past her break-up by making lists and going retro?! Heck yes! I loved the concept of this book. Going back to a simpler time sounds tempting on occasion. Mallory does it with style! I just adore Mallory. She is someone I would have gotten along with in high school. I, too, was a bit of a social "floater," not really belonging to one group or another. Perhaps my favorite part of this book is the relationship between Mallory and Ginnie, Mallory's sister. Mallory and Ginnie act more like best friends than sisters. They are there for eachother no matter what happens. I love books that portray healthy relationships...you just don't see enough of them! I also really enjoyed Mallory's relationship with her Grandmother a.k.a. her vintage inspiration. I actually would have enjoyed the story even more if their relationship had been a bit more fleshed out. Overall, this was a great summer read. I will definitely be picking up other works by Leavitt! I deducted half a point because I felt the ending was a bit rushed. I would have liked a more well-rounded satisfying finish.
"'Hello. This is Oliver Kimball. Is Mallory home?'
'Oliver. Your formality gives me hives.'
'Hey, it earned me a merit badge.' He pauses. 'What else should I say, 'Yo, yo, yo, I needs to get my talk on with Mall-Dawg'?"
Cover Art Commentary:
You had me at hello! The question is how could you NOT love this cover?! The colors are just gorgeous, and of course, I am loving the vintage feel! This cover had me drooling way before the book was even released!