Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt
Published: March 26, 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
When Mallory discovers that her boyfriend, Jeremy, is cheating on her with an online girlfriend, she swears off boys. She also swears off modern technology. Inspired by a list of goals her grandmother made in 1962, Mallory decides to “go vintage” and return to a simpler time (when boyfriends couldn’t cheat on you online). She sets out to complete grandma’s list: run for pep club secretary, host a dinner party, sew a homecoming dress, find a steady, do something dangerous. But the list is trickier than it looks. And obviously finding a steady is out . . . no matter how good Oliver (Jeremy’s cousin) smells. But with the help of her sister, she’ll get it done. Somehow.
Lindsey Leavitt perfectly pairs heartfelt family moments, laugh-out-loud humor, and a little bit of romance in this delightful contemporary novel.
Going Vintage is one of the wittiest and most hilarious books that I have even read. The author has such a great writing style that had me constantly laughing and wishing that I was that funny. Overall, everything about this book was really great. I loved the characters, story, romance, and relationships so much.
All of the different things the main character and her sister do to try and kind of relive the 1960s is really fun to read about. The different clothes, hair styles, lack of technology, and things they did for fun were described in a way that made me want to do the same. I loved that the main character had her sister help her out with the list of things to do to go vintage, and a lot of the things that all of the characters did, especially the sister were also really hilarious. When they were mad the fights were comical, and it made me wish so much that I had a sibling relationship like the two of them.
The other relationship that I enjoyed was the romantic one that develops throughout the book. It is slow to start, complicated, and the way that it develops is very real. They do not jump straight into romance, but start as friends and the main character gives herself time to heal and grow as a person before committing to the relationship, which I really liked since she did just leave a serious relationship that lasted a long time.
The book as a whole is a very real and heartfelt book, but is written in a funny and light way. There are breakups, cheating, fights, secrets, and betrayal in the book, but it is so enjoyable and fun to read that I could not put the book down. I loved that the writer did that with the book. She showed that all these sucky things happen in life, but there is so much humor to it all, and so many good times that happen that outweigh the bad.
Rating: 5 Stars / 5 Stars
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