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).
- Run for pep club secretary
- Host a fancy dinner party/soiree
- Sew a dress for Homecoming
- Find a steady
- 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.
“With perceptiveness and several fun plot twists, Leavitt’s nuanced book is filled with quirky characters that readers will root for and believe in.” ~Publisher’s Weekly
“Witty and fast-paced, the novel is told through the viewpoint of the spunky, if somewhat dramatic, main character. It is a contemporary romance that will have readers laughing and considering giving up their techno-gadgets.” Children’s Literature
“Mallory’s appealing, sarcasm-tinged first-person narrative voice sculpts a likable teen mildly reminiscent of Louise Rennison’s Georgia Nicolson… A funny and even thoughtful look at boyfriends, high school angst and the importance of finding oneself.” ~Kirkus Reviews
“The differences and similarities of two very different eras will intrigue readers, though it will probably be the interpersonal relationships… that will keep them turning pages.” ~Booklist
“A quick, enjoyable read and an enchanting addition to the chick-lit genre.” ~School Library Journal