Thursday, May 16, 2013

Read This: Going Vintage

Going Vintage
by Lindsey Leavitt

The Short Story
After finding out that her boyfriend has been cyber-cheating on her, Mallory decides to go back to a time when things were simpler. She finds a to-do list her grandma wrote back in 1962, and lets that be her guide for overcoming the breakup. That, and abandoning all technology. But the simple life is more complicated than she expected.
A cute, funny read.

Come for the....
light and fun. I love how Lindsey Leavitt can take on more series issues without making them dark. Going Vintage is definitely funny, especially because of Mallory and her sister. I really enjoyed their humor, and Mallory's self-consciousness reminded me of Anna from Anna and the French Kiss. I wanted to add half the book to favorite quotes on goodreads.

But it's not just fluff. The book takes on a few interesting ideas: the way we rely so heavily on technology, and how what we see online (or how people present themselves) is not completely real. And I had to laugh at how often having or using technology would have made Mallory's life easier. I enjoyed that she realized there are goods and bads to every time, and that idealizing things is just as fake as a lot of the stuff on the internet.

Don't Think About This Too Hard

  • In addition to a bit of a slower start, I thought the book took on more than it could resolve in the number of pages. I would have taken out the mom's subplot to devote more time to Mallory and Oliver. Because I loved every bit of the parts about them.

The Big Three:
Language: a couple of mild profanities
Sex and Stuff: not an issue
Violence: not an issue

Just So You Know: I received a free review copy of Going Vintage from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Going Vintage is now available.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

April Reading Recap

And sneaky March! Mostly because I forgot to do a March recap. And because my reading has been painfully infrequent lately.

In March:
Sever by Lauren DeStefano
I liked it about as much as the first two, which would be great if I had liked them more. Some twists and turns, though.

Mind Games by Kiersten White
I liked this a lot! Very dark and kind of brutal in parts, but an interesting read. I'm looking forward to the sequel.

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
I think I liked Scarlet's story even better than Cinder's. Meyer is incredibly good at putting a new spin on old stories and making them fit perfectly in the world she's set up.

In April:
Requiem by Lauren Oliver
(I'm finally learning to spell it right) Some nice attempts to unite things from all the books in the series. I would have liked more closure to the ending, though.

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
I'm so sad I didn't like this one more. I feel like I can't say much without being spoilery. But I will say that the ending is the total opposite of Requiem; you know what every character ever thinks about every single thing until the day they die.

Favorite: Mind Games
Least Favorite: Clockwork Princess, because I was hoping to like it so much

For May:
Stephanie Perkins is coming to the Provo Library! I'm very excited about this.
We're also buying a house/moving/celebrating my baby turning 1, and all that. I hope to get some books read in there too.