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