Review: Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt

Posted February 5, 2021 by Angie in Book Reviews / 2 Comments

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Review: Going Vintage by Lindsey LeavittGoing Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt
Published by Bloomsbury on March 26, 2013
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary
Format: Hardcover (320 pages)
Source: Library
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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.


Going Vintage has been waiting for me to read it for way too long. It’s a cute–if superficial–read about Mallory, who just broke up with her first boyfriend and is feeling quite lost. While sorting through some of her grandmother’s belongings, she find some things that she believes will help her find her way: a list, a photograph, and a necklace. The list is of tasks her grandmother wanted to accomplish during her junior year of high school in 1962. The photograph is of her wearing a cute dress (which Mallory also takes), and the necklace makes Mallory feel closer to her grandmother. What is she going to do with all this stuff? Go vintage, of course!

Going Vintage is essentially Mallory romanticizing the early ’60s. She believes it was a much simpler time, since there was no technology. She has a bit of a grudge against technology at the moment, since she caught her boyfriend cyber-cheating. Then the whole thing went viral on social media before her phone started getting blown up with texts from strangers who are on her ex’s side. Yeah, I’d want to take a step back too. But not all the way back fifty years. But completing her grandmother’s list herself gives Mallory something to focus on. At least for a little while.

I actually really liked how a social media game prompted the breakup. Jeremy was addicted to this life simulation game, which he left open, and Mallory saw that he had an online wife! However, their relationship did blur the lines between online and real life. Mallory was right to dump him. It seems silly, and maybe it is, but these things happen. Not just to teens either. Then the internet rears its ugly head again when Mallory finds something on her mom’s computer.

At the end of Going Vintage, Mallory does find her way but not in the way that she thought. Her plan doesn’t go exactly to plan, but that’s okay. She found out the truth about her grandmother’s past, she told her parents how she was feeling, she found a boy who actually likes her, and she comes to appreciate modern technology.

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