Thursday, March 14, 2013

Early Review: Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt

Going Vintage
by Lindsey Leavitt
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication date: March 26, 2013
Genre: YA Contemporary
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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 presient–who just happens to be her ex’s cousin–and soon Mallory begins to wonder if going vintage is going too far.
When I saw the cover and read the synopsis for Going Vintage I knew I had to read it. This is a young adult contemporary about a teenage girl who tries to live exactly as her grandmother did in 1962 during her junior year of high school. She sets up a list of goals and ditches her cell phone and computer.  This was sweet, had depth, humor and a cute guy or two.

The tale begins when we meet Mallory. She and her boyfriend are making out in his bedroom and she is making up excuses to slow him down, again! Today’s excuse is hunger, so while he is downstairs making chips and dip, she decides to start on her  his term paper. When Jeremy's Facebook pops-up on the computer she accidentally discovers Jeremy has cheated on her with an online girlfriend. Heartbroken and inspired by a list of goals she finds written by her grandmother in 1962, Mallory decides to go vintage and complete her grandmother's list. She turns off her phone, computer and iPod. The tale that unfolded was funny, and chock full of lessons and insight.  

Mallory was unique, funny, quirky and determined. I found her level-headed and loved that she constantly tried new fashion trends. She is still finding herself and this challenge helped her grow.  Both she and her sister are hilarious and I enjoyed that their parents were present throughout the tale. Jeremy is the boyfriend who messed up, and the direction the author took with his thread was solid. Oliver is Jeremy's cousin and his story-line and interaction with Mallory was sweet and spicy. He also marches to his own drum and such a nice change from the bad boys of YA. Both he and Mallory were refreshing, bright, and just downright good kids.  Mallory’s grandmother was funny and helpful. The author gave us a good sense of the characters, and the dynamics of Mallory’s family.

I am not sure I would want to live in 1962 just like I am not sure I want to relive my childhood of thirteen TV channels, no Internet and ping-pong Atari but I loved the questions this tale raised. The author addresses social media, first love, and cheating. Her approach to these subjects was original and as she raised subtle questions and directly related them to Mallory’s issues. Mallory is a list maker; she makes lists for everything and they were hilarious at times. They usually appear at the beginning of chapters and offer additional insight into her character. I appreciated the flowing pace and author's show not tell writing style. There really isn’t a romance, although there are some sweet moments, some uncertainty and a promise of things to come. It was tender, and felt genuine. Overall the tale is original, sweet and funny and it ended on a high note.  

Going Vintage was a delightful, funny well paced contemporary with characters I easily connected with. I think fans of contemporary issues, and chick lit will enjoy this. I look forward to reading more books by Lindsey Leavitt.

Three and half cups of percolated coffee out of five
Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer Kimba The Caffeinated Book Reviewer Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer

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34 Comments:

At July 17, 2013 at 8:59 PM , Anonymous Holly B said...

Hey, I have one of those time machines too!! In fact, I used it to go back to when MTV first entered the huuuuge lineup of channels!!

Good comment, gave me a laugh. :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:59 PM , Anonymous Holly B said...

Aww, good review! I've been thinking this one looks good too. And now that you say she's a chronic list-maker, well...hello, soul mate!! :) However, I must say I'm sad to see that they changed the cover :( Didn't it used to be an old cassette tape?? I personally liked that one better...oh well. Oh, and I for one am glad to hear it's not heavy on the romance!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:59 PM , Anonymous Holly B said...

Amen!!! Your growing-up years sound JUST like mine!!! Email was something I never even heard of til going to college in 1993, and even then Duke did not automatically give every student an account - you had go to the "office of technology services" and request one! And PINE was the email "program" - though that seems like a very fancy word for what it was :) And discussion boards were ALL THE RAGE!! And and and....well, I could go on, but let's just leave it at....I'm OLD!! :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:59 PM , Anonymous Holly B said...

*fist-bump* listers RULE!!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:59 PM , Anonymous karina said...

I really want to read this one too! I love vintage and this sounds like entirely my cup of tea (or coffee)! :) Lovely review, Kimba!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:01 PM , Anonymous Debbie Haupt said...

Great review Kim and what a great concept for a novel :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:07 PM , Anonymous Barbara Walker said...

*snerk* I remember staying up around the clock because my parents finally let me get a cable converter so that 13 channel television could get MTV. :D Uh..that was when I used my time machine, yeah. I thought this one sounded fun too - I'm hoping the kitsch and sweetness makes up for the lack of romance then. Always a wonderful review, hun.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:12 PM , Anonymous Aurian said...

Lol, I want to read this one :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:57 PM , Anonymous Trish Hannon said...

Sounds good, def going on my tbr pile. And 16 channels, I'm jealous I grew up in 1 TV Chanel land, guess that's why I read so much :-)
http://betweenthelinesisanendlessstory.blogspot.ie/

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:47 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

preaching to the choir sister! LOL

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:47 PM , Anonymous A Belle's Tales said...

I love the sound of this one, and that cover is just too cute! Great review, my friend - I'm definitely going to give this one a read :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:47 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

This was fun and sweet enough that your daughter can read it too.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:47 PM , Anonymous Megan@The Book Babe said...

This sounds awesome-- I really like romance, but I think I might enjoy reading something without it once in a while. :) Mallory sounds like an amazing character, though a little neurotic, LOL! Oliver also sounds cool-- when people choose to stand out like that, it makes for an amazing book, I think. Lovely review, Kimba! (:

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:47 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Megan there is a little romance..and it is very sweet and worth it.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:47 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

thanks Kristilyn I asked my Mom if she would go back to high school in 1962 since she actually did and she said ..No

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:47 PM , Anonymous Kristilyn Robertson said...

Ha! That's hilarious. :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:47 PM , Anonymous Kristilyn Robertson said...

This sounds like such a sweet book! I think it would be interested to live in the 1960s ... we've grown way too attached to technology these days! Might be nice to see a time when it wasn't so prevalent. This one is definitely on my auto-buy list. :) Great review!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:47 PM , Anonymous Jen Ryland said...

Yes, I definitely don't want to live in 1962 and I was a little afraid that the book would act like that was "the good old days" before evil modern technology. Luckily, that was not the cast -- loved this one!


You can find me here: Jen @ YA Romantics

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:47 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

No it didn't take that approach but it did talk about how we behave using technology and its effect

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:47 PM , Anonymous Sharon - Obsession with Books said...

The 60s are definitely not for me - I would never last without internet ;) This sounds fun and quirky, I think I'd like this one.

A great review Kimba!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:47 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

thanks Sharon this was fun :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:47 PM , Anonymous Candace's Book Blog said...

I really loved this one too! It was a lot of fun but still had depth. And Oliver was SO sweet!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:47 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

yeah I liked Oliver.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:51 PM , Anonymous kindlemom1 said...

I am glad you liked this one! I have my review coming up as well. I had similar thoughts about it.
read though. Great review!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:51 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Glad you enjoyed it too

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:51 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

thanks Deb, this was a cute with a nice message

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:51 PM , Anonymous Julie @ Coffee & Book Anytime said...

Good review! I'd definitely read it.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:51 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

thanks Julie is was fun

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:51 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

MTV was the only thing on tv...LOL

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:51 PM , Anonymous Andrea @The Bookish Babe said...

This us the second great review I've read for Going Vintage in the last five minutes. It seems like a great story. I'm glad you liked it!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:51 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

It was fun, a nice break from the heavier stuff.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:51 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Ah yes, but agreed but this was a fun light read and I like to mix things up

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:51 PM , Anonymous Christy (Love of Books) said...

I just saw this on Candace's blog, and now you're review has me wanting it even more! I think this sounds so cute and fun.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:51 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

This was fun, a kind of coming of age, and Mallory was cute.

 

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