Monday, 15 April 2013

Review: Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt

Title: Going Vintage
Author: Lindsey Leavitt
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Genre: Young Adult
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: 1st April 2013

Tell Me About It
Sixteen-year-old Mallory loves her boyfriend, Jeremy. Or at least likes him more than she's ever liked any other boy. She's sure he 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
Its ironic that by posting this review I am going against everything that Going Vintage stands for.  Reading the book, if you ignore its publication date, is perfectly fine, but using technology is a big no no in Mallory's eyes.  What started out as a 'study' date soon ended up with Mallory discovering her boyfriend has cheated on her online.  Blaming technology for the cause of this break up, and after finding a list her Grandmother made, Mallory makes the decision to abandon all technology and 'go vintage'.

The List
1. Run for pep squad secretary
2. Have a fancy dinner party/soiree
3. Sew a dress for homecoming
4. Find a steady
5. Do something dangerous

I love the cover for Going Vintage, and I have had my eye on this book since I first heard about it on netgalley.  When I found out it had been picked up by a UK publisher I was super excited and beyond happy to be able to get my hands on a copy.  The synopsis just helps to draw the reader in and wanting to know more.  The idea of giving up technology is not something I would ever even consider, but to give it up and go back to the sixties way of living is unthinkable, I love my iPod, mobile, and modern gadgets too much to even give them up for one day, forgetting my phone at home feels like I am missing a body part.

With the help of her sister, Ginnie, Mallory follows the list and goes along with everything it stands for, even getting her teacher to switch assignments for her so she doesn't have to use a computer.  While Going Vintage is a look at how one girl gives up technology, it is also a look at how her relationship with Jeremy ended and we get to see her feelings about the events immediately after, and then how she learns to deal with it and get closure for what transpired.  Along the way Mallory learns more about her friends as they stand by her and support her with what she is doing.  She also discovers that Oliver, Jeremy's cousin, isn't who he seems to be, and as this pair get closer they learn more about each other

I loved how Mallory was so set on going vintage, and mostly sticks to her plan even enlisting the help of her Grandmother to help sew a dress, which I would love to see a picture of.  I loved her determination, her sense of humour and just her in general.  As a character she was easy to like and root for in the challenge she set herself.  No matter what she faced she found a way through it, and although all the items weren't crossed off her list I still think she was brave for going stag to the school dance.

This is the first book I have read by Lindsey Leavitt, but it won't be the last.

1 comment:

  1. Great review, Michelle, I love the sound of Going Vintage and I haven't come across any negative reviews yet.


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