Going Vintage Review

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Going Vintage review





Going Vintage
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).

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.

My Review:

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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  1. Sounds like an interesting book. I’d like to see a teenager give up texting & FB. Can’t believe that the list is 50 years old. I was 14 that year….

  2. This sounds really good and I have imagined doing this as well – unplugging completely. Its supposed to be healthier in a physical way but more so it can allow us to actually engage in the moment and with those we love more readily. Ever since cell phones came on the scene – outside of asian areas of SF when i used to live there – course of course the asian kids had the tech advances well before us – I’ve noticed the absolute addiction. Before being a stay at home mom and before that returning to school…when I worked as soon as there was a break – everyone picked up their phones as soon as they left work – you could see people walking to the metro and on the metro and in their cars – on the phone. Go out on weekends and see couples out together on dates – but each on their phones. AT restaraunts – movies – the park – everywhere. Same with friends – all on their phones rather then talking to eachother. Worse I think when a date – so sad…worse when only one was on the phone the other just sitting there. So rude. Used to be phone rang at home but you had guests you either let the machine get it or you answered and said oh i have someone here. Now we text and talk whether in our house, our friends or out and about with friends. We’ve lost all of our manners. Going back to school showed the same thing – only students weren’t polite enough to wait but texted while they were in class – with behaviour like that how could they wonder why they failed out? I always wonder what it would be like if some disaster cut us off from all modern day technology. Would we panic entirely lol there is a game – go out to lunch with a group – everyone put your phones on the table – first one who touches their phone – buys lunch. lol.

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