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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  5,195 ratings  ·  953 reviews
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
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 26th 2013 by Bloomsbury
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Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
Actual rating: 1.5
"‘Don’t whine to your spouse about your daily troubles. He’s had a harder day providing for you and your children.’ This is what you’re aspiring to? To be some guy’s house slave?”

Ginnie hops out of her seat. “I hope you’re not romanticizing this too much. That prefeminist movement crap is scary.”

“What do you know about the feminist movement?” Um, what did I know? I’d meant to read some books on that too, but when I thought of old feminists, I thought of armpit hair and bra bur
Lindsey Leavitt
Nov 11, 2012 Lindsey Leavitt added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I had so much fun writing this book.
3.5 Stars

Going Vintage was cute, funny and sweet. It was an easy read one you could get through fairly quickly.

When Mallory finds out her boyfriend of over a year has been cyber cheating on her, she feels betrayed not only by her boyfriend, but by technology. If there were no such things as “Friendspace” or “Authentic Life” her boyfriend wouldn’t have been betraying her with a girl named “BubbleYum” his cyber wife. When Mallory finds a list her Grandma made back in 1962, when she was sixteen, s
If you're looking for a book that is cute, fun, and a complete time-pass, Going Vintage is the book for you. If, however, you're hoping to get a little more depth from this novel, a little more insight into the life of a teenage girl, I'd suggest Melina Marchetta's Looking for Alibrandi instead. You see, Going Vintage isn't a bad book - not at all - but it's kind of silly. It seems like that from the cover and synopsis too, but I guess I was just expecting something a little more, especially wit ...more
I think most people will fall into one of two camps with Going Vintage. It'll either be a fairly enjoyable reading experience, because it's a cute, fluff read - or, it'll be an about average reading experience, precisely because it's a cute, fluff read. I on the other hand fall into a third camp, I actually think Going Vintage is more than a cute, fluff read, and it only seems like one because its message is scattered and ineffective.

First of all, the message is right there, in the summary. Mall
Sophie Riggsby
*Review published on Mundie Moms on 3/20/13*

First, this book is already on my "going to share it with my kids when they're older" shelf. Yes, it's that good. Lindsey always writes these layered stories that are full of moments of sweetness and surprise, and Going Vintage is just that story.

Who hasn't said that they want to go offline for a while? I think I say it at least twice a day, but I was fascinated by Mallory's determination to do just that in her post-Jeremy world. Mallory's smart, sa
Colby Sharp
I am guessing that not a lot of 31 year old dudes read this book. I did, and I loved it.
Wendy Darling
3.5 stars Cute! Wasn't a huge fan of the actual "going vintage" part, and there were things that were strangely glossed over. But I like Mallory and her relationships with her family and friends, and I like Oliver, too. Bonus points for characters who behave as they should (well, except for Jeremy, of course.)

Would definitely try another book by this author.
Four Stars: A fun contemporary that makes you pause and reflect on technology.

Mallory feels so lucky to have a great boyfriend like Jeremy, even if she does grow tired of the constant make out sessions. They have been dating for over a year and have a great relationship, so she thinks. Mallory logs onto Jeremy's computer to help write his paper. His social networking site is open, and Mallory notices he has been playing an online game, and worse he has an online girlfriend. Hurt and confused, Ma
Shreya (CCReviews)
*A copy was provided for review purposes*

EEEP, what a cute and lovely book! So glad that I got a chance to read and review it because it was the perfect 'get-you-in-your-giggly-mode' read, ha ha. I love the whole idea that Ms.Leavitt came up with about leaving behind cell-phones, computers, and ipods and going back to the 60's when everything was care-free and girls didn't have to worry about their boyfriends 'cyber-cheating' on them with girls called BubbleYum. I think that, in our time and gen
Confession: I picked up my ARC of Lindsey Leavitt's GOING VINTAGE this week because I was in the mood for something light and funny, and I knew this book about a girl who renounces modern technology when her boyfriend cheats with an online gaming wife seemed perfect. It was...but it was so much more than the fluffy read I was hoping for when I picked it up. Lindsey Leavitt (who also wrote SEAN GRISWALD'S HEAD...which is also great) has a way of writing sweet books that are never too sweet, alway ...more
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I don't know much about Oliver, but who does? I think that mysterious aloofness is part of his image. He was nice enough to give me a birthday card that night with a twenty-dollar gift card to Outback Steakhouse. Outback? That's the way to get in good with your cousin's girl.


I should have listened. When I saw my friends rating this book one or two stars, I should have stayed away. But when you see a book on sale for 50p, what do you do? You buy it.
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
I hate to damn a book with faint praise, but the only thing that comes to mind upon finishing this novel is: blandly inoffensive? Simple, forgettable, if sometimes charming? There are characters that are sometimes funny, sometimes flat, and never really approach what I think of as three-dimensional? They came, they did their thing to various repercussions, but none really interested me worth investing in? A lot of what happened came off as predictable (view spoiler) ...more
Lisbeth Avery {Domus Libri}
I've put off reviewing this book for a while, but not for my usual reasons. I'm not scared that this will turn into a massive rant or a bunch of fangirling nonsense. No, I simply do not know how to express myself here. I know what I'm feeling but I have no clue on how to say it.

GOING VINTAGE is the kind of book that makes you happy while reading even though you know it's absolute fluff. I don't like reading fluff for some reason. My "chick lit" (and I use this term very loosely) needs something
Apr 08, 2013 Nick rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: arc

I knew once I saw the cover of Going Vintage that I wanted to read this book. It's cute, fun and the colors really pop out. Plus, I thought the idea behind the book was definitely very original. I'm glad to say that the book definitely lived up to my expectations.

I loved Mallory's character. She was young, confused and was just going through her first break-up. The range of emotions that she went through were palpable and very realistic. She was naive, insecure, innocent, wrong at times and a pe
Mar 16, 2013 Jen added it
Shelves: netgalley
How refreshing to find a YA main character with no supernatural powers, no amnesia, no superhuman fighting skills. She's not super-smart, super-gorgeous, or super-anything: athletic, talented, ambitious, popular, unpopular, rebellious etc. etc. She's just a regular girl who's trying to figure her life out.

When Mallory discovers that her boyfriend is (virtually) cheating, she blames the internet and swears off modern technology entirely. No computer, no cell phone, nada. This did seem a tad impu
Ai Haibara
I'm gonna be like Mallory and use a listing format for this review.

You should read Going Vintage if you love:

- Lola and the boy next door and Adorkable
-Fluffy and funny books.
-60s vibe and references (food, clothing, antiques etc)
-Vintage retro fashion, such as puffy cute prom dresses (which I adore!)
I need something like that in my life; for prom or not.
-Mentions of hand craft and sewing.
-Main female characters that grow and understand the mistakes they have made.
-Cute male love interest who is
Howdy YAL
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I'm sort of obsessed with the late 1950's/early 1960's. A lot of my favorite movies come from that era. I love the dresses. Interesting enough, do you know that Banana Republic has a Mad Men inspired collection? And it was the one time in history America had a semi glamorous president. Grant it, the whole Mr. President Marilyn Monroe episode sort of soiled that but whatever. So yeah, a YA novel that has a heroine who wants to go back to that era. I thought, hey that
Emily Anne
Ooh, Going Vintage was much better than I expected! Before I read the book I would have bet I'd give it 3 bookcases. No, this is worth at least 4! (And you know I'm a tough rater) Lindsey Leavitt tells us a witty and sweet story with characters worth cheering for.

Okay, to start out, this book is filled with fab lists! And they are not annoying at all. Just stuff that made me laugh like, really hard! Also, Mallory and the lists go in hand in hand. Mallory is just a lot of fun. She also says some
So much fun!

Mallory breaks up with her boyfriend over . . . well, I hate to spoil it because it was very interesting, but essentially technology was involved. She decides to swear off technology and live like it's 1962, back when her grandmother was also a junior in high school. Using an old to-do list of her grandmother's, she decides to sew a dress for homecoming, join the pep club (after first starting a pep club), and find a "steady" for her younger sister if not for herself. But 1962 was no
Melannie :)
Oct 22, 2011 Melannie :) marked it as to-read
How funny is this concept, seriously?
It's probably full of hilarious situations.
not great, bob.

the premise here is that 16-year-old mallory discovers that her boyfriend of a year, jeremy, has been cybercheating on her, being married to another girl in some second life-style online game. she calls him a lying tool on his "friendspace" account (facebook, basically) & storms out. while helping her dad pack up her grandmother's house so her grandma can move into a retirement village, mallory finds a list her grandma made in 1962, with five goals for her junior year. mallory
Going Vintage is cute, fluffy and rather pertinent. I have been taking a lot of classes that deal with new media for children and young adults and the term “digital native” has been bandied around to varying degrees of acceptance. The point is, technology is as essential to kids today as perhaps breathing (you know what I mean). It’s not something they think about, just like we didn’t question telephones or the TV. It was just there and we used it. Similarly, the generation that is coming of age ...more
Way cute story! It all starts off with a nosy girl named Mallory who is to tempted by her boyfriend Jeremy's alluring computer sitting unsupervised, locks are off and Mallory is cruising his accounts when it happens she finds evidence that he has cheated on her in a not very conventional way. Yet it is a form of cheating and I can see why she is upset. Rumors are flying via testing, phone, e-mail and Mallory has had i,t she decides she is going Vintage giving up her modern technological convenie ...more
This book caught my interest the moment I learned that the main character had a certain violent streak and a love for chips with salsa and cream cheese. Also, there's apparently this thing called milk toast, and it sounds so disgustingly DELICIOUS.

Anyway, back to the book. It's exactly like the summary says. A girl finds out that her boyfriend's been cheating on her with an internet chick named, of all things, BubbleYum. How do you take someone with a name like that seriously? Mallory finds out
Lottie Eve
Original review here:
Going Vintage was such a cute and quirky book! I have fallen head over heels in love with it.

I thought Mallory was a great character. After finding out her boyfriend is cheating on her with a girl on the internet Mallory is inspired by her grandma’s list of high school goals to “go vintage”. She gives up technology and sets out to complete all the goals on The List. I really loved how she became more and more independent throughout th
Pre-reading thought:
Absolutely stoked I got the UK edition, because - have you even seen that GORGEOUS cover?! Aww :)

After-reading thoughts:
I'm so delighted I decided to get this book on a whim last week :)
Loved the whole aspect of going vintage, as Mallory does for a while.
It made me actually think a lot about the way it has become so normal to run to the internet for any little tidbit and one tiny passage in the book struck me: when Mallory has to wait for her mum to pick her up and doesn't k
This was a nice and easy read. Mallory finds her boyfriend cheating on her with someone online so she decides to complete a list her grandmother had made when she was Mallory's age. Except I felt like Mallory never really completed the list herself. She had everyone else around her do it while she flaked on everyone. I don't think anything was really resolved by the end and the book felt really superficial in the sense that it doesn't really explore anything or go to deeply into the problems pre ...more
Going Vintage, you disappointed me.

I utterly ADORED Lindsey Leavitt's Sean Griswold's Head, it's one of my all-time-favourite contemporaries but this one was nowhere close to the level of the awesome that is Sean Griswold's Head.

The concept of Going Vintage reminded me quite a bit of Fat Cat (another contemporary YA I adored) but here it was weakly executed. The characters were quite flat, the only somewhat interesting character was the love interest but we don't see THAT much of him throughout
Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts!


"Mallory, you want a freeze? I’m a glacier. You want slow? I’m a turtle. But I’ll also be waiting by the phone every night, no matter how long it takes until you’re ready. Scout’s honor."

I picked this up because of the Title. I mean, who can't pick this up?! I'm a big fun of vintage. And because of Mallory's idea, I might do it someday. Yep! I'm going Vintage!

..for I don't know, maybe half a day? Or three days? Thinking about it makes me want to give up already.

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Lindsey Leavitt is a former elementary school teacher and present day writer/mom to three (mostly) adorable little girls. She is married to her high school lab partner and lives in Las Vegas. She is the author of the PRINCESS FOR HIRE series (, SEAN GRISWOLD'S HEAD and GOING VINTAGE
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