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YA Book Review- Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt

04 Apr, 2013 by in Uncategorized 2 comments

Going Vintage
by Lindsey Leavitt
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 26th 2013
by Bloomsbury
ISBN 1599907879
Book source: bought
4 stars
Summary from Goodreads: 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.
Review:  So, Mallory and Jeremy are supposed to be working on a paper together, Mallory clicks on to Jeremy’s bedroom computer and what does she find…BubbleYum. Not the kind you chew and spit out (though I’m sure she would love to), nope,   the kind you “marry” and profess your love to online despite your real live girlfriend sitting in your computer chair.
In this world of fast paced, electronic interactions on twitter and facebook, it is so easy to see how said “boyfriend” Jeremy could get away with trying to have an alter ego AND an alter avatar girlfriend out there in cyberspace. Rather than go crazy stalker chick, Mallory pulls a move of her own and goes vintage. No computers, no cell phones, no reminders of what happened posted on her FB wall. She’s getting on her seersucker dress, hopping on a bike and getting even in her own way. The brilliant idea comes while Mallory and her dad are cleaning out grandma’s things after a move from her cute cottage to a retirement home. Grandma’s life, summed up in a  list, was so simple back then…go steady, make pep club, sew her own prom dress. No evil technological distractions.
There were so many things I loved about this book. Mallory has spunk! She is unique and loves her job sifting through other people’s storage units with her father for vintage/ antique goodies to sell. She fully immerses herself in a social experiment which could result in social suicide…but who cares! Her awesome little sister is there to back her up, and to remove her not so vintage digital alarm clock. The family relationships were realistic and true to life. There’s the super blogger mom who owns and underground couponing/ spill your families dark secrets online “support” blog. And so many families touch bases with each other but don’t know what secrets may lie hidden under years gone by and false facades.
I couldn’t quite connect with Mallory’s Pep Club President, Jeremy’s cousin Oliver. But with a woolen cap, funky glasses and his quirky sense of “who cares”, I can see why he may attract. The interactions between Oliver and Mallory are priceless. There are so many good moral messages in here about why friends without faces can be deceiving and how to be a true friend. Leavitt also ties in an underlying theme of family connectedness and forgiving past mistakes.  This is one I would recommend, though maybe not until 16, since there is a bit of content.
Overall, fun and refreshing, just like Lindsey’s YA Sean Griswold’s Head. If you haven’t picked her up on her as an author I say go!!
Content: talk of “giving away pieces” (aka virginity), lots of making out, reference to male parts and teenage pregnancy.
About the Author: 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

Learn more on Goodreads/ author’s site/ twitter

Review and Signed Bookmark Giveaway

16 Mar, 2011 by in book review 40 comments

Sean Griswold’s Head
by Lindsey Leavitt
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published March 1st 2011
by Bloomsbury USA
Children’s Books
ISBN 1599904985
4 stars

According to her guidance counselor, fifteen-year-old Payton Gritas needs a focus object—an item to concentrate her emotions on. It’s supposed to be something inanimate, but Payton decides to use the thing she stares at during class: Sean Griswold’s head. They’ve been linked since third grade (Griswold-Gritas—it’s an alphabetical order thing), but she’s never really known him.

The focus object is intended to help Payton deal with her father’s newly diagnosed multiple sclerosis. And it’s working. With the help of her boy-crazy best friend Jac, Payton starts stalking—er, focusing on—Sean Griswold . . . all of him! He’s cute, he shares her Seinfeld obsession (nobody else gets it!) and he may have a secret or two of his own.

In this sweet story of first love, Lindsey Leavitt seamlessly balances heartfelt family moments, spot-on sarcastic humor, and a budding young romance.

I won an autographed copy of Sean Griswold’s Head on twitter…well not his actual head, but the book about his head. And, in correspondence I noticed was how genuinely nice author Lindsey Leavitt is. Her cute and tender story tugged at my heart strings.

Payton is a straight A student, slightly obsessive compulsive and highly organized person until one day she accidentally stumbles upon her father’s MS. Life at home and the world is unraveling fast. Payton is recommended to the school counselor by her parents who suggests she pick a focus object to write about…something to get her mind off of the grief and fear. What better than the head of the boy sitting directly in front of her desk? Blonde, with spiky hair, a scar and an orbit bigger than the average noggin.

What starts out as a purely scientific self-help project ends in Payton wanting to learn more about the boy, Sean who is attached to that head. The two begin biking together and in the process discover there may be more to their close proximity than just their last names. Both are facing meddling best friends with an agenda of their own. Leave it to Peyton’s overbearing bubbly BFF since birth, Jac and the goth vampire of the town to complicate matters. Sean and Payton may not work out after all.

In a sweet, fun contemporary read, Lindsey Leavitt taught me about the power of forgiveness and overcoming personal roadblocks. This is a book I would recommend to all readers over age 12. Lindsey has generously donated two author signed bookmarks to our blog followers. Simply comment below to enter. Open internationally and ends April 15, 2011.