By Lindsey Leavitt
About the book:
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).
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.
The publisher sent me an advanced readers copy of Going Vintage, to review. When I received the pitch, I knew I wanted to read Going Vintage and write a book review. The idea of living in the past in our modern, fast paced society is so intriguing to me. In a way, I feel like I am behind in the times.
I really enjoyed reading Going Vintage. After a devastating breakup, Mallory devotes her time and energy to her grandmother’s list. The List was made in 1962 by her grandmother when she was Mallory’s age. Mallory sets out to fulfill every item on the list. She even gives up technology, which meant no cell phones, social media and the internet.
As I read this book, I tried to imagine if I could take a break from the internet and social media. I do not have a cell phone, so that part is easy. As a blogger, both the internet and social media are important part of my responsibilities. In the past, I have had to go without for a few days here and there. It was very difficult because my email inboxes fill up quickly. If I don’t check my email even for a day, it is very time consuming to go through and sort through what should be read and what should be deleted.
Through her goals of completing The List, Mallory learns so much about herself, her family and her friends. She becomes a strong and independent young woman.
When I experience heartache when I feel passionate about something or when someone tells me I cannot do something, I let that be my motivator. Like Mallory, each step and each accomplishment makes me a better person.
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