Tue, April 2, 2013

Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt Review

Going Vintage book cover

Going Vintage book cover

Going Vintage
By Lindsey Leavitt
Publication date: March 26, 2013
Bloomsbury, 320 pages
Source: Publisher via NetGalley

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.

— Goodreads.com description

Cute.

That’s the best word for Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt. Cute main character. Cute concept. Cute romance. Cute family. Loved, loved, loved it.

Bonus factor: A great message for teens about the contrasting sides of technology. It’s scary when it’s overused and misused, but…it’s also sort of a blessing when it comes to doing your homework, as Mallory comes to discover. And, trust me, I remember having to use encyclopedias for homework (OMG I AM OLD), and it was a pain in the you-know-what.

For a fun and light but ultimately meaningful contemporary story — with a cute romance to boot! — absolutely check out Going Vintage.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

DOUBLE BONUS FACTOR: The boy sings her Jimmy Eat World! Teenage Anna would have died!!!

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  1. Jen said:

    YES. This was completely adorable. And hey, I used my grocery-store-bought FULL SET of encyclopedias to do homework in high school. ANCIENT ARTIFACTS, PRACTICALLY. High five!

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  2. Leonie Caspary said:

    True true true, Book is just great! I’ve had soo good time reading it 🙂

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  3. Rachel said:

    This book does sound really cute! And I remember using encyclopedias for homework too lol. Definitely need to pick this one up!

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  4. Stormy @ Book.Blog.Bake. said:

    Cute was definitely the word I used to describe Going Vintage as well. I am definitely part of the millenial generation, so I’ve used technology for work MOST of my life, but about two years before schools really starting getting internet(we had computers with math programs and games, but no internet really), my parents bought me a set of really nice encylopedias(I wanted them). They were outdated pretty fast, but I still have them! They’re a nice addition to a bookshelf, I suppose.

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  5. Candice @ The Grown-Up YA said:

    This one really was cute! I loved Mallory’s journey through no technology, living it old school! It was really funny to see how much teens now rely on technology – not that we adults don’t, but we at least remember how to use non-technological things to get what we need!

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  6. Tara said:

    Sometimes I feel like I need to swear off technology… and then I think, yeah, better not.

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  7. Genevieve Hayes said:

    Yeah, I remember doing homework with library books, too… and a time when I only needed to check my email once a week because I got so few. Now I can’t go for more than 12 hours without logging in. How did we ever manage to procrastinate back then?

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  8. Bookworm1858 said:

    Cute is the perfect word for this story. It kind of made me want to give up modern technology for a bit…as I read it on my Nook.

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  9. Julia @ That Hapa Chick said:

    I am SO excited to read this. I’ve been on the lookout for it for ages! A cute story is definitely something I’m wanting to read right now. Thanks for sharing your opinion on it! 🙂

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  10. Alexa Y. said:

    I like cute books! Going Vintage is definitely one that I’m curious about – although I don’t know if I could ever give up technology…

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  11. estelle said:

    Yep. You are totally old 😉 I love that there is some Jimmy Eat World. Are they still around? I used to love listening to Sweetness in high school

    I saw this book in the bookstore the other day and was so close to picking it up, but I think it’s more of a book to borrow from the library. Glad you had a fun time reading it!

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  12. Amy said:

    I just got this one last month, and I’m so happy to hear it really is as cute and fun as I thought it was. 🙂 (And trust me, Anna, I make sure so many kids utilize encyclopedias these days, too, so don’t feel so old!) After your review, I can’t wait to read it. 🙂 Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

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  13. Liz @ Elizziebooks said:

    I need a new cute book to read! I think this is the one I’m looking at next :]

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  14. Review: Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt said:

    […] ● Anna @ Anna Reads wrote “For a fun and light but ultimately meaningful contemporary story — with a cute romance to boot! — absolutely check out Going Vintage.” (Read the rest of the review Here!) […]

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