Author: Lindsey Leavitt
Pages: 320 pages
Publication Date: March 26th 2013 by Bloomsbury
Source: I won this book from Pink Polka Dot Books
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.I have been wanting to read this book for a really really long time. I actually won it last year from another book blogger but never made the time to sit down and read it. I recently had some family health issues and wanted to read something cute and comforting. I remember first learning about this book. A young girl who wants to go back to a simpler time... gets rid of technology and all the stuff we have to deal with today. I thought "YES.. I want this too". So I dove right on into the book.
Let's be honest here.. this is a simple book. There isn't an elaborate story line. It is just a simple story of a teen going through a break-up with a boy. This girl then decides to try to do some things she found on her grandmother's list that she wrote in the 60s. Mallory (the main character) wants to give up social media, cell phones, ext. Trust me I understand this. When I was stressed recently I didn't want to look through facebook. It can be fake. No one posts on there what is really going on.. every one is all smiles. Then on the other side.. I only see negative stuff on the pages I like. Someone was shot and killed, there was a fire, war. So I avoided facebook.
What I really liked is that by the end of the book Mallory realizes that even though there was no technology or texting the same problems existed. You can move yourself into a different time but the problems are still there. You can't just think because there wasn't facebook that people still didn't have issues. There is a semi-love triangle in the book though it wasn't that bad. For once I wasn't grossed out. And there really wasn't that love triangle drama teens books usually have.
This is a cute fluff read... so people will either like it because of that or loathe it because of that. It was perfect for me at this time. I was stressed and didn't want to read something deep. I sometimes want to go back to a time without technology. One thing I would miss though is texting. My mom, dad, sister and I text each other daily. DAILY. I love them for that. I can talk about the most boring things with them. But otherwise... sometimes I do need a break. Check this book out if you just want something feel good.
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Sun is shinning!!! Great day to go outside and read this book.