Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Title: Going Vintage
Author: Lindsey Leavitt
Narrator:  Ali Ahn
Series: stand-alone
Length:  8 hrs 3 mins
Publisher: Audible, Inc.
Publication Date: November 21, 2013
Source: purchased, galley received for review via Netgalley
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When Mallory’s boyfriend, Jeremy, cheats on her with an online girlfriend, Mallory decides the best way to de-Jeremy her life is to de-modernize things too. Inspired by a list of goals her grandmother made in 1962, Mallory swears off technology and returns to a simpler time (when boyfriends couldn’t cheat with computer avatars). The List:

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

But simple proves to be crazy-complicated, and the details of the past begin to change Mallory’s present. Add in a too-busy grandmother, a sassy sister, and the cute pep-club president–who just happens to be her ex’s cousin–and soon Mallory begins to wonder if going vintage is going too far.

I really wish I hadn't given up so easily on this book when I tried to read my galley earlier this year.  But I've become quite the mood reader these days, and at the time, this book was just too cute for me.  I was probably going through a zombie phase or something then.  Regardless, when I saw the audio for Going Vintage pop up on Audible, I was finally ready to give this adorable book the chance it deserved.

Going Vintage is exactly what I've come to expect when I'm looking for a fun contemporary young adult novel. The protagonist is quirky and cute and on a mission:  she needs to revamp her life and cut out all technology, since that's what indirectly led to her break-up.  Yeah, it's overkill but it sets Mallory on a path of self-discovery and self-actualization, and although she's still a bit juvenile as she undertakes this journey, I ultimately liked the end result:  a girl who realized she had been settling and wanted more for herself.

I would definitely say that this story is on the light and fluffy side of YA.  It's geared toward the younger set, with no hidden depths or vulgarity, and though the rating is ages 12-17, I'd say the lower end of that age bracket will appreciate the story more.  It's about a girl coping with her first real break-up, but it doesn't get dark or gritty.  If you're looking for a more realistic approach to this topic, I'd look elsewhere because this book is all about the cute and the fun and making it through with an optimistic outlook.

Not that that's a bad thing...I happened to be in the right frame of mind for this book, and so the little amount of time I spent with it was enjoyable, comforting even.  I think my favorite aspect of the story was the bond between the sisters. Ginnie is snarky and makes the perfect sidekick for Operation: Going Vintage.  Ginnie helps Mallory execute her plans to separate herself from technology and complete the tasks on their grandmother's 1962 to-do list.  And I love what they discovered about their family along the way, though some of it, I think, was rather downplayed for simplicity's sake.

The romance was also adorable, and I appreciated that the new love interest on the scene respected Mallory's boundaries and didn't push her.  Oliver was simply a friend to Mallory when she needed it, and I could appreciate the discussion they had over how weird it was that they were hanging out, considering Oliver's cousin is Mallory's ex.  And I loved that no matter how much Jeremy tried to insert himself back into Mallory's life, she wasn't having it.  Other protagonists could take a page from her book, and Jeremy didn't even cheat in the physical sense.  (Before you bite my head off, I agree that sometimes emotional relationships can be just as damning.)

Loved the narration.  Ali Ahn perfectly portrayed adolescent Mallory, melodrama and fast-talking included. And she didn't do that thing that some narrators do, in which they try to lower their voice an octave or two in order to sound more masculine.  This is much appreciated, as that method never works out well.  Narrators like Ahn are the perfect choice for this type of story because her voice actually sounds the part.  I also liked her portrayal of The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life when I listened to it last year, in case you were wondering what else she's recorded.

Anyway, definitely a fluffy book but a cute read all the same.  It's a book I wouldn't mind my daughter reading, either. In fact, I hope she reads books like this because it showcases the kind of girl I hope she grows up to be: independent, goal-oriented, and sassy.  With a heaping dose of fun thrown in for good measure.

GIF it to me straight*:

Loaded with the feel-goods.

About the author:

Lindsey Leavitt is a former elementary school teacher and present-day writer/mom to three (mostly) adorable girls. She is married to her high-school lab partner and lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is the author of the PRINCESS FOR HIRE series, SEAN GRISWOLD’S HEAD, & GOING VINTAGE.

She also feels weird writing about herself in third person.

Find Lindsey:

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  1. I summarise my reviews in GIFs too. It's seriously the best. ;)

    I hadn't heard of this one yet! I like fluffy books, but yes, I do need to be in the mood. I tend to switch from epic - then fluffy - then epic - then fluffy... I like it that way. I really like the sound of the vintage twist in this. Also, snark is awesome. :)

    1. Snark is the best! I like doing that, too...it gets boring reading the same type of book, so I switch it up a lot. I can't believe I wouldn't read contemporaries for the longest...I was seriously missing out.

  2. Sounds really cute which is great after a dark read. You know how much I love audio books so if I don't try Going Vintage I will keep in mind that you like the narrator.

    PS The Gif is adorable

    1. Yep, this narrator is great...I think she has a Dessen book under her belt, too.

  3. I love the gif. That's mine and my dayghter's favorite part of that movie.

    I'm glad you gave GV another chance and it paid off. It does look good!

    1. Ours, too! I almost bought her one of those unicorns at Toys R Us until I realized it was only like 6 inches tall. Boo!

  4. I keep forgetting to read this one. I love Leavitt's writing. The books are fluffy - but fun and have a nice message.

    1. This is my first Leavitt book, but I saw she has a new one releasing next year (I think) that I definitely want to check out.

  5. This is on my to-read list, looks like it might be something I want to borrow instead of buy, but I still really want to read it. Fluffy books can be good!

    1. Oh, definitely...I'm a fan of fluff myself. :) I'd probably still buy this one just for that adorable cover. :P

  6. I agree that this one works really well for a younger YA audience. It has some good messages. I wish I'd read it during middle school. I loved Oliver too! Sweet story. Oh and I know exactly what you mean by being a moody reader and putting books down you can't get through. I used to never DNF and now I'm doing it all the time.


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