Don’t you just love those reliable sorts of authors where you know what to expect when you go into their books? I love it when I know I’m just going to gobble up every single book an author writes and go to myself ‘well that was pleasant’ after reading. Lindsey Leavitt is totally one of those authors for me. I know that her books are going to be adorable, compulsively readable, have strong family ties AND quirky characters. Thankfully, I was not disappointed in Going Vintage and ended up reading about 50% on my phone and then finishing the rest at home while working out on the bike. Y’all, it’s nice to have a solid and fun contemporary read to bike to.
Mallory has been dating Jeremy for over a year. She’s set her limits with him, but that doesn’t mean they don’t engage in hot and heavy make out sessions. She thinks the relationship is going great. UNTIL. Y’all, there’s always an ‘UNTIL’. Upon helping Jeremy with a philosophy paper, Mallory opens up his internet browser to discover that he has some Second Life-esque game up. Curious she sees that he is married, upon more digging Mallory discovers tons of messages from some BubbleYum girl in Jeremy’s inbox. Y’all, turns out he has been emotionally cheating on Mallory. While I don’t think it’s ever okay to go through your partner’s personal things — phone, email, Facebook messages, whatever — it totally sucks that he was talking to this other girl on the low. So, Mallory reacts by cutting all technology out of her life and decides she needs to accomplish everything on this list of her grandma’s that she found while cleaning through her house. The result? Fun vintage outfits, new clubs and YAY! a new potential love interest in the form of Jeremy’s cousin Oliver Kimball. And that’s basically Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt in a nutshell.
Mallory should be one of those characters who annoys me because she’s very self involved, but I liked her. She reminded me a lot of myself when I was her age. You see, she loses herself in her relationship and thus uses the time she is single to truly discover her self. I really could have used a book like this as a teenager, especially because it doesn’t beat you over the head like an ‘Afterschool Special’ with it’s awesome message. I love that Mallory comes to find she does have some ‘pep’. I love that Mallory has a witty sense of humor and you know that she finds weird things funny — because I am like that too! I especially loved the relationship between Mallory and her sister Ginnie.
Y’all, the sibling relationship in Going Vintage reminded me a lot of my younger sister. Ginnie is super cool. She’s also younger than Mallory but really has her shit together. Sort of like how my younger sister really has herself together, ha ha. Anyways, Ginnie and Mallory are close and they really get along. You can see that Mallory really cares about Ginnie and doesn’t see her as the annoying younger sibling. That’s really wonderful to me, and I wish more books showed the sibling relationship because hey, if you’re a teen and you have siblings close to your age group, chances are that’s something you can relate to. So yah, Ginnie is totally a bonus feature in Leavitt’s awesome book.
Beyond Ginnie, I really liked how Lindsey Leavitt chose to show Mallory’s disconnection from technology and modern life as a way to get past her anger and hurt over Jeremy’s actions. I am an old and did not really grow up with the internet at home — we didn’t get it until I was in 10th grade. I did have a cellphone in 9th grade, but that was only to call my parents to pick me up for cheerleading — and lol was for that year only because my phone went through the wash and my parents never replaced it. After that, I did not have a cellphone until college. SO, I kind of know what life is like without modern technology and yes, when I was in high school none of my friends really had cellphones, so we’d converse over the actual house phone and over AOL Instant Messenger. And you know, thinking back to those days I totally get the appeal of disconnecting. It’s nice not to know what everyone is doing 24/7. It’s nice to not worry about being tagged in unflattering pictures. I also liked how Going Vintage doesn’t exactly show going without technology through rose tinted lenses. We also get to see that it’s kind of a pain in the ass — especially when it comes to doing homework. So, good on Leavitt for making it realistic.
I mentioned above that I like how Leavitt includes family in her books. Going Vintage is no different in that respect. Mallory really cares a lot about her parents who are very present in her life. Sure, they get on her nerves from time to time, but she still loves them. ALSO! There’s appearances of Mallory’s grandma who is freakin awesome – she can sew like a boss and was a total radical in the 70s. I basically loved her grandma. And yeah, of course you know my feelings about Ginnie.
The romance in Going Vintage is fairly chaste. Like, this is one of those books where there isn’t sex and where boundaries are discussed and maintained. So, it could definitely be appropriate for those kids who like reading about romance and love but maybe aren’t ready to read about sex. Speaking of which, I love the connection between Mallory and Oliver. Oliver likes Mallory because she’s funny and interesting — not because he thinks he can get into her pants. It’s super adorable. It’s also adorable how Oliver is totally his own person and doesn’t really care what other people think about him. So swoon worthy my friends, I love confidence.
Going Vintage is a fast read that provided me with a nice breather between heavier sorts of books. It’s what I like in a lighter contemporary: humor, kissing, and quirks. If you’re looking for a pleasant books before you dive into a super serious tome, definitely check out Leavitt’s Going Vintage.
Disclosure: Received for review via Netgalley
Other reviews of Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt:
Chick Loves Lit – “I really, really love Mallory’s voice.”
Quinn’s Book Nook – “I definitely thought Going Vintagewas a fun book, but I can’t say that it blew me away or anything”
Rather Be Reading – “Maybe, like Mallory, if we minimized our lives, we’d grow and be challenged, too.”