Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt
March 26, 2013
After discovering that her boyfriend is cheating on her with an online girlfriend, Mallory swears off both Jeremy and technology. Hurt and humiliated, Mallory longs for a simpler life. When she discovers a list written by her grandmother in 1962, she knows that she has found her inspiration. Using The List as a guide, Mallory sets out the reinvent herself and her life by going vintage. Of course, the fallout over her break up isn’t the only challenge Mallory has to face. Her parents fight all the time, her grandmother has become strangely distant, and her younger sister and best friend constantly outshines her. Oh, and the potential new guy? Her ex’s cousin! Can The List fix all of these problems? Living a simple life turns out to be a lot more complicated than just swearing off computers and cell phones, but she perseveres on her journey with a little help from her family and friends.
One of my favorite things about this book is the fact that Mallory turns her betrayal and hurt into positive action. Her reactions, doubts, insecurities and triumphs are so real and normal. It is refreshing to take a journey with an ordinary character dealing with everyday issues. I love a good escape book as much as the next person, but sometimes it is easy to forget that in the real world dramas of all sizes are unfolding on social network sites and in schools and homes. Mallory kind of stumbles through issues on all of these fronts and she has a great cast of supporting characters along for the ride. This is a sweet and funny addition to the contemporary fiction genre. I definitely enjoyed this one!
Be sure to check out Lindsey Leavitt’s other books which include the Princess for Hire series and Sean Griswold’s Head.
This book was provided by the publisher and NetGalley.com for review.