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{March 18, 2013}   {ARC Review} Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt

10594356 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. 

4 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.


I love the cover, it just so cool. Yes, don’t judge a book by its cover, but the review is making me to get a copy of this book. I love you review, too. Perfect! Can’t wait to read this book!

Isa says:

This books sounds so refreshing and the concept is unique. I like the family dynamics, I can’t resist books with supportive families. It’ll be fun to see how much changes Mallory because of her choice.

I think you’ll really enjoe it! I was highly impressed!

Michelle Frost says:

I just added this to my good reads want to read list the other day. The story idea sounds pretty interesting and something most could relate to on some level. In this day and age where technology makes cheating so much easier and accessible, I think it would be interesting to see the spin this book places on recovering from such a betrayal. Love the cover art, too. The simple truth that teen life is difficult no matter what time period it is, rings true, and I would expand that to adulthood as well. We all yearn for a simpler life, yet can’t seem to figure out how to get it. I like that this book emphasizes a supportive and PRESENT family, rather than an absent or snarky one.Looking forward to reading it!!

It’s very well done! I hope you enjoy it, and I really enjoyed the hardships she comes up against when trying to live so simply. :D

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