Reviewed by same author:
Sean Griswold’s Head
Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Mallory loves her boyfriend, Jeremy. Or at least likes him more than she’s ever liked any other boy. She’s sure he feels the same way. Until she happens upon his online Authentic Life game and discovers he’s cheating on her …online Mallory’s life is falling apart and technology is the cause. And then she finds a list, written by her grandma when she was Mallory’s age. All her grandma had to worry about was sewing dresses and planning dinner parties. Things were so much simpler in the 1960s. And there’s nothing on the list that Mallory couldn’t do herself. Maybe it’s time for Mallory to go vintage and find the answers to her modern-day problems.
200words (or less) review: Going Vintage starts with Mallory finding out her boyfriend is “married” in an online game called Authentic Life but it’s the emails she reads between him and his spouse that break her heart. Feeling emotionally betrayed Mallory swears of all modern technology after finding a list her grandmother wrote when she was Mallory’s age.
Not only was everything so much easier back then but Mallory also uses the list as a guide to what to do now. Lindsey Leavitt’s idea is brilliant and Mallory’s story is both entertaining but also poignant. Being a teenager is never easy regardless of which time you grow up in and swearing of all modern technology isn’t as straightforward as she thought. Mallory’s grandmother is acting distant and her parents are arguing more and more.
One of the things that I enjoyed so much about this book is that all the characters are so believable. Mallory’s sister, Ginnie in particular. One of my favourite moments is her helping Mallory by de-cluttering the modern technology.
Going Vintage has a great balance of humour, relationships and plot twists. On the surface it’s a fun read, below it’s so much more.