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Review: Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt

Sixteen-year-old Mallory loves her boyfriend, Jeremy. Or at least likes him more than she's ever liked any other boy. She's suree feels the same way. Until she happens upon his online Authentic Life game and discovers he's cheating on her Mallory's life is falling apart and technology is the cause. And then she finds a list, written by her grandma when she was Mallory's age. All her grandma had to worry about was sewing dresses and planning dinner parties. Things were so much simpler in the 1960s. And there's nothing on the list that Mallory couldn't do herself. Maybe it's time for Mallory to go vintage and find the answers to her modern-day problems.

My Thoughts
Going vintage is a really cute story which I really enjoyed with some really thoughtful ideas behind it.

Mallory thinks she has it all with her perfect boyfriend. That is until the mday when is inadvertently finds out he has been cheating on her online with a cyber wife. She is furious and as a result inspired by her grandmother's teenage notebook she decides to go vintage and give up all modern technology and live a more simpler life.

I loved the idea behind this book. The idea of giving up all modern technology like phones and the Internet I think is one we could all think about in a bid to reconnect with people in a more traditional and real way at times to focus on those real relationships and not get drawn into an all seeing all knowing Internet presence which often dictates our lives. I loved seeing the way in which this changed Mallory's friendships and the way she dealt with people around her.

Along side the giving up of modern technology Mallory decides to look back at the notebooks her grandmother kept as a teenager and try to do some of the things on her grandmothers list. She gets out all of the old fashions and wants to learn to sew and I loved that part of the story.

As the story goes on there are several twists and revelations that are brought to life as Mallory digs into her family and their past in a little more depth which were really interesting to see unfold.

A fab read which I really enjoyed.


I loved Sean Griswold's Head so I'm really looking forward to this. Glad you enjoyed it!
Anya said…
Haven't heard of this but sounds really cool! I like the idea of shunning modern life and going back to simpler ways. Great review :)
I didn't like this as much as Sean Griswold's Head but it was a neat concept and fun to check out.
This sounds so good, I can't wait to start :)
I really enjoyed Sean Griswold's Head, so I've had my eye on this one for awhile. The grandmothers journal bit seems like it will be my favorite part. I love trying to be more old fashioned! Plus, it sounds like there's a bit more to the story than just the average contemp. Thanks for the review! :)
I really want to read this one, especially after reading how much you enjoyed it! Great review Kirsty :)