Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt
The Skinny: After discovering that her boyfriend has been cheating on her with an online girlfriend, Mallory swears off all modern technology, her inspiration coming from a list of goals written by her grandmother in the 1960s. Mallory decides to accomplish all the things on the list, sans technology. But simple doesn’t always mean easier, as Mallory soon discovers.
BFF?: Okay, I seriously LOVED Mallory! She was spunky and funny and reading about her technology-less life was hilarious! But honestly, I kind of felt for the girl. After discovering her boyfriend’s cheating she takes it crazy hard. I mean, I would too! She also has super cute relationships with her younger sister and dad, but kind of a torrential one with her mom. I mean, it’s not bad, but it’s not great.
Secondary BFF: Mallory’s younger sister Ginny. Ohhh she reminded me of my own little sister, but cuter! She was really sassy and outspoken, kind of bratty but totally forgivable because you could really tell how much she wanted to help her big sister out.
Readability: I was addicted to this book! The writing was so funny and fresh but not light and fluffy at all. It had a lot of heart that really spoke out I thought!
Crush Level: 7
Oliver, who just happens to be Mallory’s ex’s cousin, started out as being this hipster punk smartypants who was totally adorable! Sure, he kind of gave Mallory a hard time, but I loved the fact that he basically didn’t care anything about his cousin – not in a bad family kind of way, but in that he didn’t hold whatever is cousin said about Mallory against her. He basically marched to his own beat and did his own thing, like that guy who is too cool for school that, while you kind of hate him, you secretly love him.
Marcus Flutie comes to mind!
This book made me sort of obsessed for a little while with the 60s. While yes… it SEEMED so much simpler back then, things were pretty torrential with the state of the world. McCarthyism, Civil Rights, Women’s Rights, the Cold War… While it might seem like a good time to be a teen, really… it wasn’t. But then there are the ideas of finding a steady, going to the winter formal, beehive hairdos…
We read this one for Selective Collective and, for my part, I “went vintage” for 24 hours. Seriously, the hardest 24 hours ever. And I actually lived in a time when there wasn’t all the marvels of today. So an entire book about a teen who voluntarily gives up technology? Yes please!
Commencement Speech: Where can I begin to tell you how absolutely cute this book was? It’s hilarious, heartfelt, thought-inducing and super witty. Mallory’s foray into no technology is of course, the main focal point, but it’s so much more! There are so many changes in Mallory’s life that watching her grow and learn from these situations gives this book so much more depth than you’d initially think. Secrets come out, feelings are hurt, love is found… it never ceased to surprise me!
Yearbook Quote: “Adolescence is the same tragedy being performed again and again. The only things that change are the stage props.”
Superlatives – Best example of why technology is so important
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