Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt.
Narrator: Ali Ahn
An Audible Audiobook
Genre: Young Adult
Length: 8 hours and 3 minutes
Book Description: 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,
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
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.
My Review: This book oozes heart. This book should be required reading for every woman, man and teen on the planet. This book is about valuing genuine friendships in a day of Facebook and blogging. It also poses an interesting question. Where do we draw the line between our online lives and our real ones? Are they both real?
Ali Ahn did such a wonderful job of being Mallory. Mallory is a bit clueless in the beginning of this book. If you like your books with a good character arc then this is the book for you. Mallory goes from care-free girlfriend to a girl who knows what really matters and appreciates the people that truly count. This book is also about letting go of the people and things that aren’t good for you. Mallory learns quickly that some people are not what they appear to be. That some people are only out to have things their own way and they don’t care who gets hurt in the process.
Mallory’s mom tells her not to give her “pieces” away. Mallory thinks she’s only telling her not to have sex. I think it was more than that. Perhaps better advice than her mom meant it to be. I think we all give little pieces of ourselves to every single relationship we ever have. I think that if there is a memory then we’ve given a piece of ourselves. We should pay attention to the pieces we give out. We should make sure that we don’t give them too freely whether it’s in friendship or in love. Make sure the person that you’re giving the piece to truly deserves it. Your time is valuable and you should use it wisely.
The rest of the characters in the book are well rounded and their stories are complete. I really enjoyed this book. It’s short and I finished it in a weekend. I recommend it.
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