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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Review: Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt

Posted by Irish in Review2 Comments

Title: Going Vintage (Goodreads)
Publisher: Bloomsbury

Source: Publisher
Publication Date: 26 March 2013
Series or Standalone: Standalone
ISBN: 1599907879
Format: Paperback (ARC)
Pages: 320

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Place(s) Traveled to: Orange Park, California

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

First Line: Things I say to distract Jeremy so I can take a break from making out:

I first feel in love with Lindsey Leavitt’s writing when I read her book Sean Griswold’s Head (my review). It was a book with a quirky title and one that I didn’t expect to love as much as I did. It was funny and sweet and made my heart ache. So I was really excited when I heard out her newest book, Going Vintage. I loved the premise and couldn’t wait to dive into this story and get to know Mallory. Social media is such a huge aspect of most people’s daily lives and this is even more true with those who have grown up with it. Its so much easier for things to get out of control in the relative anonymity of the internet that I loved the idea of someone giving it all up and trying to live a simpler life in the midst of all of these crazy technological distractions.

I did feel that Mallory’s transition from techno addict to girl of 1962 was a little fast. The whole discovery of her boyfriends alternate online life and what came after just seemed so quick and so I struggled a bit to get into the story. I just didn’t buy her motivations but once I was able to move past that I was able to immerse myself in the story. Mallory was a funny girl and I really enjoyed spending time in her head. So much so that once I started this book I couldn’t put it down. I thought her friends were entertaining and loved her relationship with her younger sister. The family in this book was close knit and caring and I always love seeing that. Too many YA books are filled with absent parents so its nice to see the loving ones. 

Overall, I liked the pace of this story, well, after we got past the beginning, that is. Though I do think that more could have been made of Mallory’s 1962 vintage ways. But I’m sure that part of why people took it all in stride was she was always this quirky girl going through crazy fashion moments. Mallory was a girl not afraid to take a risk and you’ve got to love that about her. I also really enjoyed her growing friendship with Oliver. It was real and sweet and I really wish that the book was longer just to see more of their interactions. I didn’t love Going Vintage as much as I did Sean Griswold’s Head but after reading this book Leavitt is now on my list of must buy authors. She writes such realistic characters and stories that I hate to close the page on. Leavitt is a must read author for all who love to read contemporary YA so if you haven’t discovered her yet then know you are really missing out. 

Going Vintage isn’t out until Tuesday but you can start reading the ebook of Sean Griswold’s Head on your kindle (or kindle app) now for just $1.59….with a deal like that how can you resist?

2 Responses to “Review: Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt”

  1. Vivien

    I heard this was a really cute read. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Now I have a better feeling about this book. I’ll be sure to add it to my tbr list!