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From School Library Journal
- ASIN : B00BHDBM06
- Publisher : Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1st edition (March 26, 2013)
- Publication date : March 26, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 1868 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 337 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,183,904 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Mallory finds out that her boyfriend is cheating on her in a very 21st century way ... he has created a virtual character who is married to another virtual character. I guess that wouldn't normally be such a big deal, but Jeremy has found it easier to be emotionally connected in this virtual universe with this character than he is in real life with Mallory (another 21st century consequence that can come about when our lives are tied too heavily to our online personas). After storming out of his life, Mallory decides to go cold turkey and eliminate all modern technology from her life, going back to the life a girl her age might have had in 1962. Finding a list of tasks her grandmother wanted to complete at her age, Mallory decides to check off the items of this list in order to find a simpler, happier time. But Mallory finds that life in 1962 was not all puppies and roses. Things were complicated for her grandmother at that time as well. In the process of trying to pull herself through all of the relationship drama of her present life, Mallory instead finds a stronger, healthier, and more independent self.
This is a sweet story with a positive and important message. I enjoyed it, and I liked the characters of the book. I have to admit that Mallory's obsession with all things vintage got old pretty fast. I didn't really care for this part of the book at all, and unfortunately, that is a huge part of the book. Too many times I wanted to roll my eyes at Mallory's actions and say, "Just use the cordless phone already!!" Still, even though my modern self was annoyed with her a bit I could easily recognize the growth that Mallory was experiencing and the underlying themes of this story. She began this story as "Jeremy's girlfriend," spending her time kissing Jeremy and writing his papers for him, but by the end of the story she was just Mallory. She didn't need a boyfriend to define who she was. I really did love that about the story, and I do think it is a message that A LOT of high school girls could really benefit from understanding. Bonus ... I ADORED Oliver. He wasn't a rebound guy, but he was an important transitional character who was patient with Mallory as she tried to figure things out for herself ... patient enough that he got to win the girl in the end ... a healthier, stronger girl. Yea for that!
This one gets three stars because I liked it, and even though I wasn't a huge fan of the vintage angle of the story, I do think that the message of this book is an important one that would be good to read. If you have never read Lindsey Leavitt before I highly recommend her for cute, fun YA stories that capture the angst that really only can be found in the high school experience. Three stars!
Mallory's grandmother has moved into a senior community, so she and Storage Wars / antique dealer dad are cleaning out her grandmother's house, to save what is sentimental, sell what is valuable and throw out the junk. Mallory finds a notebook of her grandmother's filled with lists, finding one in particular that really hits home: Junior Year Back-to-School Resolutions. Mallory latches onto the idea of that list and decides to overhaul her life using the list as gospel.
Item one is to run for Pep Club secretary. Trouble is, the school doesn't have a pep club. So she has to try to start one up just so she can be secretary. The petition for pep club needs to be brought before Student Council and approved, but they don't seem too keen on the idea. Enter Jeremy's cousin, Oliver, who is on the Student Council. He manipulates the council members in such a way that the resolution to create a pep club is passed. The only trouble is Oliver wants to be VP. Mallory is a little uncomfortable around Oliver because he is her ex's cousin, but she really can't refuse. Pep club is open to anyone who wants to join. His motivation is activities for his college transcripts, so she figures, why not make him president, but she appoints herself secretary, just as it is on the list.
I really enjoyed the book and I looooved, Oliver. If you ever tell anyone I said that, I'll deny it. Not a very swoon worthy name, but he is swoon worthy, believe me. Does he have an ulterior motive for helping Mallory out and for joining pep club?
I liked Mallory a lot too. She seemed lost, like she was floundering and she reached out to her grandmother's list like a life preserver. She was hurting over her break up with Jeremy and needed some way to make it all better. Technology was the instrument of her current state of misery, so she would give it all up. She would live a simpler life, like they did back in 1962, when people went steady and went to mom & pop soda shops and wore saddle shoes. The trouble is that nothing is as perfect as we make it out to be. Over time, we forget the bad parts and remember only the good parts, romanticizing the past. Things were not easy back then either, but Mallory doesn't even see that.
The other issue I had was that the list was absolute. She imagined her grandmother was happy as a 16 year old, the same age as Mallory is now, back in 1962. Her grandmother was happy, obviously, because she followed the list. It was too rigid. Her grandmother wanted to be secretary of the pep club, so Mallory had to be as well. She could not accept any other position. So, when Oliver referred to her as the president, she said, oh no, she had to be secretary. When she thought she was in danger of not being able to accomplish something on the list, her reaction was not 4 out of 5 isn't bad. Her reaction was that if she couldn't do all 5 exactly, there was no point in doing any of them and then how could she get over Jeremy?
One last issue I had was that Mallory was oblivious to everyone around her. She needed information on what it was like in 1962. It couldn't be around 1962, it had to be exactly 1962 because that's when her grandmother was a 16 year old junior. Anyway, she kept trying to ask her grandmother questions about her high school days, glorifying the past, but her grandmother didn't really want to talk about it. So she would push and pry and try to force answers out of her grandmother that she didn't really want to talk about. And Mallory's reaction to her grandmother being tight lipped was that her grandmother didn't really seem to care or want to spend time with her and why wouldn't she just tell Mallory what she wanted to know?
She decided to follow the list as a way to feel confident and be able to get over Jeremy. She wanted to accomplish the things on the list just so she could check them off in her journey to self-fulfillment, but she didn't really seem to care about the items on the list over much.
I will tell you something I really loved about the book, though. Well first, there are lists all throughout the book. Mallory is constantly making lists about things. For instance, The things a random passerby at Orange Park High thinks of a teenage girl who supposedly hacked into her boyfriend's Friendspace account, proclaimed him a tool, and abandoned all technology, thus allowing an entire weekend of Internet rumors to breed. I kid you not. It is the Chapter 5 list.
But one thing I really love is the realization, or perhaps fear, Mallory has when she realizes that she doesn't have a thing. Her thing was spending time with her boyfriend. Now that they are over, what thing does she have? What defines her? What I really loved was watching Mallory test the waters in an attempt to find the thing or those things that define her as a person in her own right and not as half of a couple. She wants to be more than some guy's girlfriend. She wants to be independent and respect herself. She wants to feel confident and to get over the break-up. I really respect that and I love the lists she starts making when she is adding things on to who she is.
I also loved Lindsey Leavitt's prior book, Sean Griswald's Head. Going Vintage didn't disappoint, but I was frustrated with Mallory's single minded determination and her rigidity over the items on the list. Still, don't let that stop you from giving it a read. I look forward to Lindsey Leavitt's next book.
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I came across this book when I was I was browsing reviews of books on Goodreads and the premise for Going Vintage really caught my eye because as much as I use social media and technology everyday I sometimes wonder if life would be more simple without it (but then I wouldn’t be here writing to you lovely people about books !).
I really enjoy a good coming of age story and Mallory certainly begins to discover herself in this novel. I wouldn’t say that Going Vintage is the strongest coming of age book that I have ever read but it was a good one. Mallory’s road to self discovery is interesting, in part because of the ‘going vintage’ aspect of the story, and also because there is some real character development.
I really loved Leavitt’s writing style and her creation of Mallory’s world. I particularly appreciated Mallory’s connection to her sister and grandmother. I also think that the tension between Mallory and her mother, along with her fathers detachment to her life, is fairly realistic for a 16 year old girl.
Oliver provided an intriguing love interest for Mallory as someone older and more aware of himself that she could learn from. I really liked Oliver a lot, even though I cringed every time Leavitt referred to him as ‘hipster’ (seriously eww!) and I kind of wanted more Mallory/Oliver page space, but I get that this wasn’t really a love story so I guess I can forgive it for this!
Going Vintage is a great story about self discovery in both an age of technology and an age without. Overall, I definitely enjoyed this book even if I did find it a little young at times. And although I would have liked for a more complete ending, I kind of admire books that can finish the way Going Vintage does – as if Leavitt is setting her characters off to be free. Mallory’s character has a whole life a head of her that we might not get to read but are left feeling sure that she is on the right path. Authors who can leave an ending open, but leaving the reader with a feeling of closure are gold dust in the coming of age genre as far as I am concerned.