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Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt
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
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
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I had no idea this writer also wrote SEAN GRISWOLD’S HEAD, which I loved. But thinking back I see what links the two… what had me late up night till god knows what hour to finish them: funny kid doing funnier things for a reason that didn’t completely make sense. The whole going vintage was OK, but the heart of this is her and her connections to these people. Feeling the pressure of expectation and reputation and feeling the impossibility of other people knowing who she was when she didn’t know that much about herself to begin with.
There’s a lot of her doing odd stuff then funny stuff. There’s boys in this one and sisters and family, so overall it’s good story, a funny one. Sure, it’s not all deep all the time, because the funnies and quirk moments some times became the focus, but when not in focus, there’s some pretty awesome characters and connections here.
The best one is how she and her sister are. They’re not copies of each other, and they’re not a simple sibling set either. Sure there’s Marsha-marsha-marsh moments, but there’s more to them than that: how they know each other, how her sister had it all together and how she’s not that way, but not too bent out of shape about it. There’s a pride for each other that I simply loved.
Then there’s the other connection that we see develop… her and Oliver. Oliver I smile as I type this… was a cute bonus. It’s not an automatic hot buy= in love. No, we see them talk about things, discover things, choose things and be. So that we see precisely that there is something there to consider. More than the boy making a statement, and more than the girl not quite sure about who she is, there’s a getting to know between them and then a realization that there’s a could be between them. That was a lovely addition.
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