Author: Lindsey Leavitt
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Bloomsbury (March 26, 2013)
Genre: YA Contemporary
When Mallory discovers that her boyfriend, Jeremy, is cheating on her with an online girlfriend, she swears off boys. She also swears off modern technology. Inspired by a list of goals her grandmother made in 1962, Mallory decides to "go vintage" and return to a simpler time (when boyfriends couldn't cheat on you. She sets out to complete grandma's list: run for pep club secretary, host a dinner party, sew a homecoming dress, find a steady, do something dangerous. But the list is trickier than it looks. And obviously finding a steady is out . . . no matter how good Oliver (Jeremy's cousin) smells. But with the help of her sister, she'll get it done.
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 (www.princessforhire.com), SEAN GRISWOLD'S HEAD and GOING VINTAGE
Visit her on the web at www.lindseyleavitt.com
My Thoughts and Review:
I loved Mallory. She is the best part of this whole book, well maybe Ginnie too, she was pretty fabulous as well. But since this is Mallory's story, I will go with Mallory being the best part.
I loved her quirky sense of humor. I love that she wasn't perfect. I love that this was one of the best coming of age stories that I have read this year. I love that this wasn't all rainbows and sunshine but yet it still managed not to be depressing or angst ridden. I love...okay, that is a lot of things to love but I can't help it.
Really, I shouldn't be surprised, I absolutely loved Leavitt's novel Sean Griswald's Head and this one was just as good. Maybe not as emotional but definitely just as fantastic.
Leavitt has a way of creating a character that you can't help but fall in love with and care about right from the start. Someone real and flawed and someone that you can completely relate to. Mallory was strong in ways even she didn't know and she could have jumped right back into things that were safe and comfortable for her but she didn't. She did things that were out of her comfort zone and even a little scary and you know what? She shined through them. She grew so much. I can't help but love stories like these.
I devoured this book and was very pleased with how it all came together. Leavitt will forever be on my auto buy list. I just love her writing and her characters.
I give this one 4.5 Stars!