Friday, March 29, 2013

Blog Tour and Book Review: Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt

Title: Going Vintage
Author: Lindsey Leavitt
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Bloomsbury (March 26, 2013)
Genre: YA Contemporary

Book Description: 

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.

Purchase Links: Amazon/B&N

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
Visit her on the web at

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!


  1. I have been seeing this book around and thought it sounded cute, but after reading your review I am definitely going to have to check it out. :)

  2. It's finally OUT! *happy dance* I love that it's so focused on your characters and that they were so fabuolous that you had trouble choosing a favorite.
    This seems like such an adorable read!

  3. Ellen and Maja, I hope you both give it
    a try!

  4. I enjoyed this too, and it's a book I plan to grab for my nieces. Mallory was sweet.

  5. You know I really liked this one as well. It has such a positive message for young girls and I really adored Oliver. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Ali.

  6. I completely agree Heidi and Kimba! Happy weekend!!

  7. I loved this one too! I loved the sister relationship and the romance worked perfect!

  8. YAY! I'm so glad to hear you loved this one! So many people have given this book their stamp of approval, I really have no excuse not to devour it now! :-)

  9. Yay! I hope you do try it Lauren. I know you will love it too!

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  11. wonderful review hon, the more I read about this book the more appealing it sounds. I love the entire premise, it seems so fascinating, especially in light of the current age we are in. I also love that the character, isn't perfect but sounds so average!

  12. I want to read this book so bad! I just know it's going to be one of those that I'll take forever to read though. ONE DAY!

  13. Mallory sounds like a great main character. This looks like a cute fun story and I'm glad it is deep but not too emotional. It sounded like she tried lots of new things by the synopsis so glad that the character really enjoyed and shined trying new things.