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, 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. Lindsey Leavitt perfectly pairs heartfelt family moments, laugh-out-loud humor, and a little bit of romance in this delightful contemporary novel.
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Going Vintage is such a fun retro read – a perfect blend of past and present that is sugary sweet. The main character Mallory wants to go back to the 60s when life was slower paced and gossip didn’t spread like wildfire online. Mallory is fond of lists, and in the audiobook you miss seeing the lists in print, but the narration overall makes up for it.
Like Lindsey Leavitt’s, Sean Griswold’s Head, this book is very cute. I liked the premise, the characters, the setting, the family and romantic relationships, and the message. The writing is light, breezy and fast-paced.
I listened to the audiobook, performed by Ali Ahn, a new-to-me narrator. I’m a new fan of Ahn, and I think she set the right tone for the story, sounds age appropriate, and reads with a nice brisk pace. Ahn uses different voices for all the characters, and I never had trouble telling them apart. Ginnie and Mallory sounded distinct and the guy characters sounded believable as well. Ahn’s reading is cheery and not over the top dramatic. If you haven’t read this book yet, I think the audiobook is really entertaining. The only thing you don’t get in the audio is seeing the list formats in print, but I’m not sure that’s a deal breaker. And yes, it’s more low-tech to read the actual book if you want to go “vintage” yourself.
This was another fun read from Lindsey Leavitt, and I’m sure I’ll re-read it when I need a comfort read in the future.
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