What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt

I received an ARC of this book from Bloomsbury in exchange for a fair and honest review. I think I was initially drawn to this story because of it's bright, fun cover. But then, reading the summary, I was interested in a teen from today trying to live, if even for a little while, without modern technology. Not just without Facebook and Twitter, but without the internet and other more modern conveniences.
Here is the summary from Goodreads: 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 in 1962, 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.

What I Liked: 1) Mallory's commitment. I wonder how I would do trying to give up everything from after 1962. Mallory remains very committed to her plan in trying to live a simpler life. Also in her commitment to complete this list that her Grandmother made all those years ago. Sometimes I think she takes it to the extreme, but overall I appreciated how she (mostly) stuck to her convictions. 2) Ginnie, Mallory's sister. The whole book is peppered with smart humor, but Ginnie takes the cake. She supports her Mallory in her decision to take this step, but does it with an air of humor that made her my favorite character in the book. One of my favorite parts is when she sneaks into her sister's room and steals everything that was made after 1962. Cracked me up! 3) The sentiment behind the book. I have been talking about this book to anyone who will listen since I finished it. I was so inspired by the changes that Mallory was making to her life just by trying to follow this list that I decided to make a list of my own to attempt to follow. I love how just changing little things can make life more interesting and exciting. This is the reason that Going Vintage is going to stick with me for a long time.

What I Didn't Like: I have no complaints!

Overall Thoughts: I went into Going Vintage expecting something light and fluffy, uplifting and funny. Not only did I get those aspects, but I found something deeper in Going Vintage, an unexpected lesson from something that was as funny as this one was. I can't find a reason that anyone would not enjoy getting into this book, and feel inspired when they close the final page. I recommend it to everyone!

My Rating: 5 shots

6 comments:

  1. I am so glad you loved it! I have had my eyes on it for a while. I am glad this turned out to be more than a fluffy book. Her determination is something to admire.

    great review,
    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

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    1. I could read this one over and over again! I loved it! Thanks for stopping by!

      Courtney

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  2. Your review is making me chomp at the bit to get to Going Vintage especially since I just received it! ;) I'm happy to hear that while it is a light read there is a deeper meaning behind the words. I love books like that and cannot wait to read this one. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Courtney!

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    1. I hope you like it as much as I did!! :)

      Courtney

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    1. It's definitely one of those feel good ones. I could read it again and again!

      Courtney

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