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.


  1. This does sound like a really cute story. I'm really into short stories right now. I know it's hard to delve into issues when the story is so short but I don't mind that if I know it's s short story from the beginning.

    1. It's actually regular length (like 300-ish pages). I just thought it could have done without a couple of the subplots.

  2. I started this, but I didn't make it to the end. I usually love Lindsey's books, but I just couldn't get into this. I thought it was silly that she went berserk and swore off technology just because her boyfriend made her mad.

    1. I've only read (and loved) Sean Griswold's Head, and I think that was a little better written. I had a hard time with the beginning, too. But I did get into it after awhile.

  3. Oh, yay! I've been looking for a cute, quick contemporary to have some fun with. I've read too many serious books in a row, I think.

    1. This is definitely a fun read. The beginning is pretty slow, but once I was about 75 pages in I couldn't put it down.