Author: Lindsey Leavitt
Released: March 26, 2013
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 read an ARC of this book at the end of last year several months before this book was released. Life got crazy and I never got around to reviewing it at its release date in March. So after 9 months the question becomes… how memorable with this book?
It’s fairly memorable. My only notes were “cute and clean” and I marked it as 5 stars so I don’t have a lot to go off of. Mallory was a list maker as am I and I loved the Disneyland references because I love Disneyland. Swearing off technology would be so hard in this day and age. I use it for everything so it made me think how dependent I’ve become. I remember the day my high school aged brother got a pager (long before cell phones) and I thought it was kinda silly. Now my teens all have cell phones and I don’t let them leave home without them. If they don’t pick up and answer or reply to my texts they better have a good reason. The idea of “unplugging” and surviving would be difficult to achieve now days.
Most of the goals on her list were obviously a little “outdated” so it was fun to see how she worked around that challenge. Hard to become the Secretary of a Pep Club when your school doesn’t have one. The characters were likable and Lindsey always adds plenty of humor to her books. Thankfully this book like her others is also clean something I appreciate more and more lately.
Rating: 4.5 – Highly Recommend
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