For our first March pick Gone Pecan will be featuring a review of:
Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt
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.
Mallory is sooo in love with her first boyfriend, Jeremy. Sure, she wishes that their relationship was less about kissing and that he understood her more, but he’s just so cute that she can live with the shortcomings.
Ginny is Mallory’s younger sister. She seems to be more mature and grounded than Mallory (in fact, for a while, I thought Ginny was older and in college). I enjoyed their relationship. They were always there for each other, true best friends.
Jeremy doesn’t seem to know what he wants. He has conflicting feelings and loyalties. I think he really did have strong feelings for Mallory but felt he had to hide who he was just like Mallory sometimes felt that Jeremy didn’t understand her.
Oliver. I cannot say enough about this guy. He was AWESOME. He was smart, and cool in the way that he didn’t really care what anyone thought, he was his own person and didn’t apologize for not conforming to the high school ideals. I loved how he treated Mallory even before he finally understood that they had broken up. He was a stand up guy.
Mallory finds out that Jeremy has been virtually “married” to another girl on an online game and sees emails between the two of them that shows their relationship is more emotionally involved than his is with Mallory. Mallory breaks up with him in a very public way, then goes offline for a while. In the meantime, she stumbles across a list her grandmother’s junior year in high school and begins to believe that if she would start living her life like it’s 1962, everything would be easier. Mallory assumes that when her grandmother was growing up, life was all peachy keen and innocent and ideal. So Mallory sets out to give up technology (because without it, Jeremy couldn’t have cheated on her) and wants to try to accomplish the tasks on the list her grandmother made all those years ago. During the course of trying to complete her list, she learns a lot about herself and her family.
I really liked Mallory. I felt that I understood her and we were kind of kindred spirits. She was a little wacky, but funny and smart. I loved her interactions with her father and sister, but I think she may have been a little hard on her mother, but looking back, I can kind of understand her feelings and why she felt the way she did. I loved learning about her grandmother’s past and I like that we learned that looking at things through rose colored glasses only distorts the picture, it’s not a true representation of what is in front of us. Mallory grew up in the book and I was glad that the experience helped her in ways that she wouldn’t have expected.
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Thanks to Bloomsbury for allowing us to feature Going Vintage on the SC.