Title: Going Vintage
Author: Lindsey Leavitt
Genre: Contemporary/Chick lit
When Mallory discovers that her boyfriend, Jeremy, is cheating on her with an online girlfriend, she swears off boys. She also swears off modern technology. Inspired by a list of goals her grandmother made in 1962, Mallory decides to “go vintage” and return to a simpler time (when boyfriends couldn’t cheat on you online). She sets out to complete grandma’s list: run for pep club secretary, host a dinner party, sew a homecoming dress, find a steady, do something dangerous. But the list is trickier than it looks. And obviously finding a steady is out . . . no matter how good Oliver (Jeremy’s cousin) smells. But with the help of her sister, she’ll get it done. Somehow.
When you read this book, you are basically taking in a 320-page dose of pure joy. Lindsey Leavitt’s upcoming March release is absolutely delightful: a great combination of lovable characters and an adorable plot (yes, plotlines can be adorable).
Mallory is a fantastically charming protagonist, and the other characters (Ginnie, Oliver, etc.) are equally so. Mallory is funny, sarcastic, relatable, and smart, exactly the kind of heroine I adore.
I also totally loved Lindsey Leavitt’s message about technology and how it affects relationships. It’s a message that’s completely relevant to being a teen (actually, being almost any age) today, and one that I feel doesn’t get explored enough in YA lit. I also love a book that on the surface might seem like fluffy chick-lit (or any other -lit), but has a deeper message.
I loved that even though it seemed like the focus of this book was romance, Mallory’s journey to connect and simplify really led her to being more comfortable being alone. So much of YA lit today features female protagonists concerned solely with love that this made Going Vintage an even fresher breath of air. Although Mallory thought she was trying to connect with the past and better times, what she was really connecting to was herself.
If you’re looking for a fun story with a strong heroine, I think you’ll find Going Vintage fits the bill.