Monday, May 6, 2013
Book Review: Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt
HS junior, Mallory, discovers that her long-time boyfriend, Jeremy is a tool--he's cheating on her with an online girl. As she's helping her dad clean out her Grandma's house in preparation for a move to a retirement community, she find The List--a list that her grandma made in 1962--when she was Mallory's age. That list becomes her lifeline, as she decides to accomplish everything on it and live her life as if she were in a simpler time--which mean, NO electronics!! There were several points that I really liked and zeroed in on: *life was both simpler and more complicated without the use of electronics, as Mallory discovered. Yes, people had more time for families, friends, etc, but life without cell phones was kind of inconvenient. *it is a lot easier using the Internet for homework and research. A LOT. *just because life was simpler, doesn't mean it was any easier. I loved this quote: "Adolescence is the same tragedy being performed again and again. The only things that change are the stage props." *I LOVED Mallory's relationship with her sister, Ginnie. Ginnie is only 14 in the story, but is wise beyond her years. I couldn't decide--was Mallory making too big a deal out of something that was really pretty innocent? Or was she really looking for an excuse to get out of her relationship? Content: talk of making out and not giving up your "pieces;" a little language. ****--4 stars.