Thursday, March 28, 2013

Book Review - "Going Vintage" by Lindsey Leavitt

I was given a copy of Lindsey Leavitt's latest book for tweens and teens, Going Vintage to review for my blog.  I found it to be a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining read.

16-year-old Mallory finds out that her boyfriend in cheating on her with an online girlfriend.  A break-up ensues which turns into a very public fiasco via the internet.  While working with her dad to clean out her grandma's house, Mallory finds a list of goals her grandmother wrote at age 16 in 1962 and decides to "go vintage" by completing the same goals.  Mallory mistakenly assumes it was easier to be a teenager way back when.  To accomplish the goals, she gives up modern technology.  No cell phone, no computer, no texting, no online research.  This isn't so easy after all!

One of the most delightful things about Going Vintage is Mallory's decision to wear vintage clothing from the early 60s.  Wait until you read about what she wears to the homecoming dance!  I also found it fun and interesting that Mallory works with her dad who buys storage units and cleans out houses for a living.  Her mom sells what they find online, as well as managing a successful blog.  Mallory's modern family is quirky and completely believable.

Of course, there's a bit of romance in the story when Mallory becomes friends with her former boyfriend's cousin.  Her confusion and wary approach to this budding relationship are charming.  One thing is for sure....Mallory is a lot smarter about boys than I was at 16!

If you've got a young reader in your family who happens to love vintage, she'll certainly enjoy Going Vintage.  And you are sure to as well!