Review by Jess
March 2013 by Bloomsbury
Amazon + Good Reads
"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 in1962, 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 is one of the wittiest and most hilarious books that I have even read. The author has such a great writing style that had me constantly laughing and wishing that I was that funny. Overall, everything about this book was really great. I loved the characters, story, romance, and relationships so much.
All of the different things the main character and her sister do to try and kind of relive the 1960s is really fun to read about. The different clothes, hair styles, lack of technology, and things they did for fun were described in a way that made me want to do the same. I loved that the main character had her sister help her out with the list of things to do to go vintage, and a lot of the things that all of the characters did, especially the sister were also really hilarious. When they were mad the fights were comical, and it made me wish so much that I had a sibling relationship like the two of them.
The other relationship that I enjoyed was the romantic one that develops throughout the book. It is slow to start, complicated, and the way that it develops is very real. They do not jump straight into romance, but start as friends and the main character gives herself time to heal and grow as a person before committing to the relationship, which I really liked since she did just leave a serious relationship that lasted a long time.
The book as a whole is a very real and heartfelt book, but is written in a funny and light way. There are breakups, cheating, fights, secrets, and betrayal in the book, but it is so enjoyable and fun to read that I could not put the book down. I loved that the writer did that with the book. She showed that all these sucky things happen in life, but there is so much humor to it all, and so many good times that happen that outweigh the bad.