ARC Review: Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt


March 4, 2013 by Alice in Readerland

Going VintageWhen 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.

Special thanks to Bloomsbury and NetGalley for allowing me to read an ARC of Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt. Going Vintage arrives in stores March 26th, 2013.

Going Vintage is definitely as fun and fabulous as its cover! In honor of the list that Mallory finds and all the lists she writes, I’ll be reviewing this book in “list” form.

Top Reasons I Enjoyed This Book

1. Ginnie

I adored Mallory’s sister, Ginnie, and wanted her for my best friend. Smart, hilarious, opinionated, “always right,” and protective and supportive of her family, Ginnie was one fabulous character! The chapters that featured a lot of Ginnie were my favorites.

2. The Lists

Each chapter begins with a short list about a topic Mallory’s thinking about, which I thought was very cute and fun.

3. Disneyland

Here’s something you should know about me: I love Disneyland. So I may have gotten super excited during the chapter where Mallory and her family are walking around “the happiest place on Earth.” (Conversations while on the Jungle Cruise! Lots of references to Disneyland rides!)

4. The Humor

I love all of the humor and all of the hilarious lines that Lindsey Leavitt puts into her books! Going Vintage had so many great, funny moments that if I didn’t have an ARC copy, I’d be flooding this review with quotes from the book.

5. The Ending

The conclusion that Mallory reaches, the confidence she gets, by the end of the book is such a great thing to see. I definitely liked seeing how independent and comfortable in her own skin Mallory was by the end of the book.

6. All the Vintage References

I loved seeing the pros and cons of going vintage. On one hand, there’s a hilarious scene where (in retaliation at Mallory trying to set Ginnie up on a date) Ginnie removes all the technology that wasn’t available 50 years ago from Mallory’s room and we wonder if we would be able to stay sane enough to go vintage. On the other hand, we also get to hear about so many great “vintage” things (and plenty of talk about vintage fashion)!

Cynical Cindy Says:

Honestly, I didn’t really like the first few chapters of Going Vintage. In fact, I read the first two chapters and then put the book down. However, after I did pick the book back up again (and after Mallory started really trying to “go vintage”) I enjoyed it. I couldn’t exactly connect to Mallory and wondered about a lot of her choices. I also definitely didn’t like what you found out Mallory’s mother has been doing, it seemed unnecessary and (in my opinion) like she got off too easily. But overall, Going Vintage was a fun read.


Here’s another cover for Going Vintage:

Going Vintage 2

Which cover do you prefer?

Could you go vintage?

4 Teacups

4 out of 5 teacups

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21 thoughts on “ARC Review: Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt

  1. Lottie Eve says:

    I love this book too! Ginnie and Mallory are really charming characters, I think :) I loved how you listed what you liked in this book. Really gives a taste of how the book is structured!
    I love both covers. The one with the green couches is really cute and colorful and the one with the camera is really pretty and vintage-looking.

    • Thank you so much, I had fun making the list-review! :) I loved the sister relationship between Mallory and Ginnie; both covers are cute, but I really love the color green so I’d probably pick the first one! :) Thanks for stopping by & commenting!

  2. Michelle says:

    I definitely want to read this one!! I looks fun. I love your list review… cool idea!! I DO NOT like the alt. cover! but I’m not in love with the original one either… I love vintage fashion and technology but I hate when people get all super whiney and be like how did we ever live without Facebook?? Ummm yeah how did we ever live without knowing every stupid detail in every retarded person we ever met’s head… I wonder? I hope this book doesn’t do that.

    • Thanks, I had a lot of fun writing the list review! Honestly, I’m not a fan of Facebook so I really wouldn’t mind it not existing…what I mind is having a good hairdryer! ;) Thanks for stopping by & commenting!

  3. Sunny says:

    Ooh, I like both covers and never saw the second one. I also like your list and look forward to reading about Ginnie :) As for actually going vintage, NO, I could definitely not do that. Maybe for one day…maybe. If I already was in a good spot with the blog, had nothing going on, filled my day up with activities, I could probably stay away from the computer and TV. But cell phone? Too many apps, connections, people, games…it’s a very fun concept and idea though! Facebook I could live without for a few days though. I might miss a few birthdays!

    I also love what Cynical Cindy has to say and love that I’m warned about a few stuff. CANNOT wait to get my hands on this. Seriously. I’m dying right now.

    Love the review :)

    • I just saw the 2nd one today and knew I had to include it in my post; thanks I had fun making the list and Ginnie’s got to be one of my favorite YA fiction characters! :) Thanks for stopping by & commenting!

  4. Livvy @Nerdy Book Reviews says:

    I’m glad you enjoyed this one so much. I liked the list review which I guess reflects the format of the book or part of. I like the sound of the humour, the vintage and DISNEYLAND! Woo. I love that place too. I’m such a child. haha. Sounds like a very fun, cute and humorous book that looks like it could have lots of laughs and giggles wrapped up waiting to be found. Awesome review! :)

  5. Stormy says:

    This book was cute, and I love that you did your review in a list. I’m such a list-maker, so I think that may have been my favorite part of the entire book. Mallory’s personality really shown through her list. I don’t think I could go vintage; I’d have to give up reading book blogs! I like the 2nd cover better on just a first-reaction basis, but I think the 1st cover fits the book a LOT better. The 2nd one has too much photography going on, which really wasn’t Mallory’s thing, so I don’t know how that would have fit in.

    • Thanks, I loved the lists in the book & had a lot of fun writing a “list style” review! :) I agree that the 1st cover fits the book better, even though I like the “vintage camera” look.

  6. Lucy says:

    I like your list review! And you sold me with Disneyland- I don’t know why more books aren’t set in theme parks. Looking forward to picking up this one!

  7. Aman says:

    I really like book, the whole going vintage and no technology stuff intrigues me. For me personally, I can live without technology and internet if and only if my kindle is allowed. I know that’s not fair but I’m attached to my kindle. As for the cover, I like both of them, one is funky other is sophisticated. And omg, I loved Disneyland too! It’s the best place in the world.

  8. This book sounds so cute! And I love lists, so this book sounds right up my alley, and I love how you did your review! I definitely like the first cover better, but the 2nd one isn’t bad! Great review!

  9. Lauren says:

    So glad you enjoyed this one! I’m very happy to hear that it’s funny and it has a great ending. I love both of those covers; they’re so incredibly different. The first is more fun and kitschy, and the second is just straight up gorgeous. I can’t decide! :-) But I definitely want to read this book after reading your amazing review!

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