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 presient–who just happens to be her ex’s cousin–and soon Mallory begins to wonder if going vintage is going too far.
Between the title, the cover, and the description, I was hooked. I knew I would like the book, and I finished it within 24 hours of starting it. There are some books that I think would have been helpful to my high school self - some helpful lesson that would have helped with anything that went wrong in high school. For those books, I put yellow post-its (the cheap brand, of course) all over the book, and I scribble on the post-its, and I write some notes in my notebook and everything.
Here are some favorite quotes from the book:
"I don't have a thing. How can I not have a thing? I've tried a million things, but nothing I can claim. Nothing that I"m good at, nothing that's mine. I am a thingless chunk of tofu. This is why Jeremy went elsewhere."
That quote is from Mallory, the main character who discovered her boyfriend had been online cheating. I think that this is an issue that might seem silly to some, but it's actually very important, especially for teenagers who aren't real sure of their self-worth. Cyber cheating is emotional cheating, and it can often be worse than physical cheating.
Another good line:
"Adolescence is the same tragedy being performed again and again. The only things that change are the stage props."
I really enjoyed this book, and I'm pretty grateful my library purchased it so quickly after I requested it! I sure wear out that "purchase request" link :)