There are lots of things to love about Lindsey Leavitt’s Going Vintage. And much like main character Mallory loves her lists, so do I. So let me list the ways I love Going Vintage:
1. Sixties style. When Mallory decides to “go vintage,” she goes all the way — including her wardrobe. And there’s nothing I love more than a mid-century silhouette, of which Mallory rocks throughout the book — especially when it comes time for the homecoming dance.
2. Techno Love. Sure, the book is all about Mallory forgoing modern technology — especially social media and cell phones — but Leavitt isn’t writing a manifesto against modern technology. Instead, she shows that while life in the ’60s may have been simpler in some ways, it doesn’t live up to the idealized fantasy of mid-century American life. And she also shows that sometimes, cell phones and social media have a real benefit.
3. Oliver. Let me say it again: Oliver. Such a sweet, romantic, swoon-worthy boy deserves his own bullet point in this list. If you love falling in love with fictional characters, then stop reading this review and go read Going Vintage. Why? Because Oliver is waiting.
4. Sassy Sister … and a sassier granny! Okay, seriously. Going Vintageis worth reading just for these supporting characters. Snarky, sassy, and totally supportive. These characters both rock for many reasons — but I won’t spoil the delightful details here. Just take my word for it and start reading.
5. Kissing. This book has KISSING in it. Good kissing. Gooey, curl-your-toes kissing. Oliver may or may not be involved.
Ugh, just go read this book already, okay?!
Going Vintage is in stores today. Here is the official review:
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.