Review// Going Vintage + Printable

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

I have a fond appreciation for vintage-inspired things, especially accessories. Tell me there’s something vintage looking and I will run for it. Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt seems like a perfect read, with a premise of a girl named Mallory who wishes for simpler times without technology so she tries to follow a list her grandmother made in 1962.

If Mallory were real, I’d totally want to be friends with her. Her voice throughout the novel just makes me want to be friends with her. Also, who decides to go vintage without a second thought after finding out your boyfriend cheated on you with an internet girlfriend? My girl, Mallory. She makes lists and tries to follow through with them, whereas I just make lists.

Mallory tries really hard to stick to 1962, from clothes to lack of technology, but sometimes she fails. She slips and uses Friendspace, a Facebook like social media, and occasionally the internet as well. What endears her to me are her failures because it proves that she’s human and it proves to her that living trying to live like people in 1962 but in present day is quite difficult.

Of course, Mallory comes to the conclusion that living in the 60’s might not be as simple as she thought it would be and that people have their own problems, regardless of what era they live in. It’s as true a lesson as any and Lindsey Leavitt gets it across without being cliché.

Ultimately, Going Vintage was an incredibly great read, funny, smart and real. It was nice to have other character’s problems interwoven throughout the book so fluidly as well and I’m looking forward to Leavitt’s other works!

In the spirit of Going Vintage, I created a printable note, which you can use to write your own lists. It was inspired by the mod look of the 60's and I hope you like it! 

To download, you can find the Going Vintage-inspired printable here. Please save the image and print on standard U.S-size paper (8.5in x 11in). Cut on the outer black line. Each note sheet is approximately 3 in by 7in.  

Note: These are for non-commercial use only.Not for redistribution or resale. If you're reposting, please credit me and provide a link back to the original post. 


  1. I just found your blog and it's really great! And I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed this book! I really liked Mallorys character! (:

  2. I really enjoyed Going Vintage -- I thought it was such fun! And Mallory is definitely a strong character and positive female role model for teens. (Man, I sound old, but you know what I mean!) The printable is super cute, too!

  3. I love how (in this post and the last) you really advocate using the pen. I think it's so important to write things by hand still, even though technology can be super handy!

  4. Thank you! Mallory was such a great character and so were the other characters, too.

  5. YES! I totally agree how Mallory is a strong character and a great role model. I love how she turned her breakup into something else that she could focus her energy into (living with a '60s vibe).

  6. I think it comes with having a blog name with the word "pen" in it, doesn't it? Hahaha, joking. But yes, I do think writing things by hand, especially notes to yourself and to others, is so much better.

  7. Oooh the MC is a list maker? I'm a chronic list-maker too, writing things down actually helps get things done! :D

    And boy! Living in the 60's? Definitely not for me! I think I'd miss the internet way too much! Sounds like a super fun read, will check it out soon. :)

  8. Oh, I just loved this little book to pieces. It might not be a favorite of mine, but I found it to be really sweet and funny. The whole break-up disaster was hilarious (sorry, Mallory, but it was), and how everything played out, with characters growing and working with their problems, was great. Mallory is indeed someone I want to be friends with. I mean, really, she deals with her problems in such entertaining ways :P

    Great review! And I must say this: your blog is awesome.


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