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 in 1962, 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 presient–who just happens to be her ex’s cousin–and soon Mallory begins to wonder if going vintage is going too far.
*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 generation, this book fits right in because of how real it is and how much people can connect to it. I gotta say, and I didn't think I'd be saying this ever, but...de-modernizing actually sounds kinda 'fun' and 'exciting' after reading this book, although I don't think I'd ever have the motivation or determination to stay away from my shinies as long as Mallory did, ha ha. Girl's got the will-power of a ballerina next to a three-tiered double chocolate fudge nutella coated cake.
Mallory wasn't expecting it when she found out her boyfriend was 'cyber-cheating' on her for over a year with his online girlfriend. She certainly didn't think he'd actually reject her to keep up the relationship with some chick he'd never met. In retaliation, she decides to take revenge (in a way)..not against her boyfriend...but technology. To her, technology ruined the one and only relationship which she had utter faith in crushing her deeply. So when she finds a list that her grandmother had made in the sixties, she decides to go on a tech-strike by 'de-modernizing' herself and going back to the days when girls only worried about school activities and dresses. Although Mallory didn't think it would be practically impossible to stay away from all the cell-phones and computers that haunt her life, she was determined to keep going on with her plan and complete the list of goals that her grandmother had made. And who knows, maybe finding a steady, number 4 on the list, might bring her true love after all.
Mallory had a funny, strong, and determined personality and I loved reading from her POV. Even the sassy secondary characters gave me a good laugh with their witty dialogue and hilarious antics. Although heart-broken and angry about how she found her boyfriend cheating on her, it was really inspiring how Mallory got back on her feet and decided to retaliate in her own way instead of just staying depressed and crying in a corner. I also really enjoyed the romance she found with Oliver, her ex-boyfriend's cousin. With their intense and spark-filled interactions, it seemed that Mallory slowly started to push Jeremy further and further into the back of her mind. Their relationship was funny, not overly lovey-dovey, and just....perfect. Like I said before, the secondary characters really made this book a riot with their lines and banter, like Ginny, Mallory's sister. Honestly, how can you not love a little girl with some sass?
Overall, I thought that this was a really fun and cute read that's perfect for anyone, anywhere, and anytime. It's definitely unique and will be sure to keep you up reading with its smooth flow and humor. I honestly can't wait for more from Ms.Leavitt because she's got the touch!