Publication date: March 26, 2013
Keywords: contemporary, vintage, high school
Format Read: Hardcover
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.
Everyone loves a book that they can fly through that is also well-written and adorable. This was one of those books. I loved it for several reasons:
The premise — this girl has been “cheated on” by her boyfriend with some internet cyber-whore, according to the main character. While I feel like she (may have) freaked out just a little bit too much without knowing all the details (later on, it’s fine to be mad, but she got mad really quickly without giving him any chance to explain what was going on). Nonetheless, I still loved the premise. Because then Mallory gives up technology altogether, and she decides to “go vintage.” I loved this. As many of my friends know (but you don’t I suppose, so let me tell you), I despise technology for the most part. Sure, I use things. But I VERY frequently do not take my phone with me places, prefer face-to-face conversation, and I very much hate when old things get destroyed to become more “modern.” All huzzahs for the vintage! She starts using a cord phone and bikes everywhere, which I love.
The characters — though I had several problems, I really enjoyed most people Mallory interacted with. Mallory herself was pretty cool — she made corny jokes (which are my favorite), had a good relationship with her family, and seemed relatively level-headed. I loved Oliver (I think that was his name – the pep club president), though I really wish he wasn’t the cousin of her ex. Though I understand this made for more of a conflict, but I still didn’t like it. I also liked how much I didn’t like Jeremy, her ex-boyfriend. He was whiney and complain-y and a perfect character to hate.
Though there were a few things (the whole grandmother plot line – too drastic and kind of random, didn’t really fit with the rest of the book) I didn’t like, I flew through this book and loved it’s adorable, quirky feel. Definitely a fun one, and a good book to start the (almost) summer with.