Audience: All Teens
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). 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 president–who just happens to be her ex’s cousin–and soon Mallory begins to wonder if going vintage is going too far.
Mallory deals with her breakup through a ridiculous quest that I would have lasted about five minutes trying to complete. I had a feeling that her grandmother's life wasn't as simple as Mallory imagined it to be, and I was right. I'm glad she learned something from her grandma and about life from this project.
I think my favorite character was Mallory's sister. I think she should get her own book. Could you arrange that, Ms. Leavitt? Her parents were interesting and cute, too.
Also, a lot of characters might have gotten sucked back in to Jeremy's life, but I was proud of this character for listening to her gut. Mallory was a strong girl even though she got preoccupied with a weird project. I think it would probably do us all good to put down stuff that plugs in for awhile.
But I don't want to.