From Goodreads: 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.
This was a really cute, clean novel that I highly enjoyed. Honestly, I was hooked from the very beginning as Mallory vividly tells her tale of betrayal in the form of “Bubble-Yum,” the online persona Jeremy has started a “fake” life with, unbeknownst to Mallory. Of all the betrayals in a relationship, I think finding out my beau is seeing someone online is the worst. And, Jeremy is a complete tool about it all. I abhorred him throughout the novel, and loved to hate him, especially as his cousin, Oliver, swoops in on the scene and helps Mallory pull it back together.
Mallory and her sister, Ginny, where wonderful characters: fleshed out, authentic, and hilarious. As Mallory dismantles her technologically filled life, looking to live a much simpler life like that of her grandmother, she finds that not all is what it seems, and less technology doesn’t necessarily mean less complications. This is a great life lesson because I think so many your people think we (as in the older generations), had it so much easier, but in reality, teenage life is difficult, no matter the time period.
Ginny is a great little sister with some awesome one-liners that made me giggle. The fact that she is supportive of her older sister also won lots of points with me because I feel like so many books deal with the dysfunctional relationships within families, and this one instead focused on the unity and support of family, instead. And, Mallroy’s grandmother is a great role model for the young, even though we find out she’s made some mistakes along the way. She’s level headed, caring, and there to support her family, even if she seems aloof at times, which is why I loved her so much. Overall, this is a great novel that I highly suggest all read. It’s cute, quirky, and full of spunk. Four stars.
Bloomsbury USA Children’s Group has been extremely gracious in allowing me to read an ARC of this awesome novel, via Netgalley, prior to its release on March 26, 2013.