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Magan: Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt

Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt [ tweet | web ] Publication Date: March 26, 2013 Publisher: Bloomsbury Pages: 320 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: technology, 1962, internet relationships, strong family and sibling relationships Format read: ARC received via NetGalley (Thank you!) Summary: Mallory feels betrayed after she finds out her boyfriend, Jeremy, has been cheating […]

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June 4, 2014 - 1:27 pm

YA Book Review: The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt - […] Lindsey Leavitt (twitter | website) Previously Reviewed: Sean Griswold’s Head // Going Vintage Publication Date: May 6, 2014 Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s Pages: 304 Target […]

April 21, 2014 - 8:15 pm

Book Review: Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt | Tripping Over Books - […] Magan @ Rather Be Reading: “I want to put copies of this book in the hands of some of my friends who place entirely too m… […]

August 13, 2013 - 12:43 pm

Sweet Summertime Reads: The Yearbook, Magan - […] Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt: Goodreads | Amazon | Magan’s Review The Queen of Kentucky by Alecia Whitaker : Goodreads | […]

March 18, 2013 - 12:00 am

YA Book Review: Sean Griswold's Head by Lindsey Leavitt - […] work like I was, you should check out Sean Griswold’s Head and then follow up with Going Vintage — they’re both strong contemporary stories about very real, original girls trying to […]

March 3, 2013 - 1:54 pm

Magan - Jess — Mallory was definitely a unique character. So quirky and fun! I hope you love Going Vintage when you read it!

Lori! — I haven’t read Sean Griswold’s Head yet. It’s totally on my TBR though! I’m so glad you loved it. :)

Quinn — I definitely wouldn’t say Going Vintage was terrible. Mallory was a character that was hard to relate to in the beginning, and I think intentionally a little annoying, so we could see her grow and change. But swoon! Oliver! :)

March 3, 2013 - 8:05 am

Magan + Estelle's Shelve It >> 3/3/2013, Estelle + Magan - […] Bennett review Magan in High School { a personal piece } Three Sisters by Susan Mallery review Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt review Themed Gift Pack: Also Known As by Robin Benway Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda […]

February 28, 2013 - 8:30 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Yeah, I read Going Vintage last week. I wan’t in love with it. I mean, it wasn’t terrible, but I just wasn’t able to connect to Mallory. I did love Oliver, though. :)

February 28, 2013 - 6:04 am

Lori - I enjoyed this one, but I do wish that I could have loved it like I wanted to. The bond between the sisters was definitely my favorite part. They were so much fun.

Have you read Sean Griswold’s Head yet? LOVED that one!

February 27, 2013 - 9:08 pm

Jess - Wow, what a nostalgic read ! I like the plot and Mallory sounds like a unique character.

February 27, 2013 - 6:10 pm

Magan - Alexa, I hope you enjoy it. It’s definitely fun! Mallory goes through a transformation but it’s not overwhelming and in your face. I hope you enjoy!

February 27, 2013 - 6:08 pm

Magan - Renae, I agree family dynamics go a long way. It was a great depiction of home life without seeming too ideal or perfect. Mallory definitely had some flaws, but I feel she grew by the end. And Oliver, I liked him a lot. He was respectful and likeable and insightful. That doesn’t always happen with YA boys so it won me over. :)

February 27, 2013 - 5:34 pm

Alexa Y. - This book sounds so cute! I definitely want to read it, if just to see how this crazy new change that she has going on plays out. Plus, the romance (the budding one) sounds really cute!

February 27, 2013 - 5:12 pm

Renae @ Respiring Thoughts - My favorite part of this book was definitely the family relationships. I loved how flawed and real Mallory’s home life was, especially with her mom’s big secret and they way her parents acted around each other. Leavitt really nailed that portrayal for me. Otherwise, though, I didn’t care for Mallory as a main character, and though I think I liked Oliver, he wasn’t totally awesome. But still, realistic family dynamics go a long, long way with me.

February 27, 2013 - 5:00 pm

Magan - April, Oliver IS all sorts of fabulous. He was exactly the kind of boy I wanted to read about – intelligent, fun, caring, witty, a bit sarcastic. Ugh, so good. There are a few things that are like “huh” in the beginning that Mallory says or does, but I got over it. In the end, I thought the book had a good message and I, too, could use some time away from my computer every now and then. *face palm*

February 27, 2013 - 3:56 pm

April Books & Wine - I am one of those people who needs this book. I spend WAYYYY too much time online and so,Going Vintage sounds exactly like a me-sort of book. ALSO! Oliver sounds fabulous.

February 27, 2013 - 3:55 pm

Magan - Bookworm, I could not agree more with you about Ginnie. She was an amazing character! Their bond was so, so incredible. It’s rare to find siblings who love each other so much. Usually they bicker or dislike each other to the extreme. And Oliver? I could always use more Oliver. 😉

February 27, 2013 - 3:54 pm

Magan - Cynthia, I definitely understand the negatives that these mixed reviews have spoken of. Sure Mallory’s decision is quickly made and yes, her personality is a bit abrasive in the beginning, but I think she grows a lot from her experience. And OLIVER! Oliver and Ginnie save the day. Well, not literally, but they’re both amazing characters!

February 27, 2013 - 3:51 pm

Magan - Tara, there were a few things that I didn’t quite get in the beginning and Mallory’s personality was a little grating at first, but the more I thought about it after I finished it, the happier I was about reading it. Can’t wait to see what you think!

February 27, 2013 - 3:50 pm

Magan - Annette! You are not OLD! I don’t consider you old at all! :) I really hope you enjoy it! Can’t wait to see what ya think!

February 27, 2013 - 3:49 pm

Magan - Mandee, that’s awesome! That show sounds so interesting! I think I would definitely suffer a bit if I had to go through something like that. I rely heavily on technology! I’m glad you like Oliver. he and Ginnie were definitely my favorites! :) I hope you enjoy Going Vintage!

February 27, 2013 - 3:02 pm

VeganYANerds - I have been waiting on this ever since I saw the adorable cover, so I am so happy you enjoyed it, Magan!

The idea of switching off all modern tech is interesting, there was a tv show here that followed a family and they took all their technology away from them and started a particular decade and each week or month they would get new technology and move forward a decade, I think the kids found it really difficult.

I like the sound of Oliver already, and Mallory even if she was a bit judgemental.

February 27, 2013 - 1:18 pm

Annette - I’m getting ready to read this one soon too. I was BORN in 1962 (yes, I’m very OLD) so I’m especially interested in this one. Great review!

February 27, 2013 - 12:05 pm

Tara - I have this book and am reading it soon–I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it! It sounds like it’s right up my alley as well.

February 27, 2013 - 11:14 am

Cynthia - I’m glad to see that you enjoyed this one because I’ve been reading some mixed reviews and wasn’t so sure about it but now I think I’ll definitely give it a try. Great review Magan! =D

February 27, 2013 - 12:48 am

Bookworm1858 - I liked Oliver a lot too-I feel like the book could have used more of him but my favorite character was definitely Ginnie. What a great sister and character!

Magan: Me, Him, Them and It by Caela Carter

Me, Him, Them, and It by Caela Carter ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: February 26, 2013 Publisher: Bloomsbury Pages: 320 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: high school pregnancy, neglectful parents, adoption, teen raising a baby Format read: ARC from NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: Since Evelyn’s father’s return to her mother after an affair with the family […]

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June 26, 2014 - 9:00 am

My Best Friend, Maybe by Caela Carter (YA Review) - […] from the past: Magan reviews Caela Carter’s ME HIM THEM AND IT  (now out in […]

February 25, 2013 - 12:01 am

Book Review: Me, Him, Them,and It by Caela Carter | Tripping Over Books - […] Magan @ Rather Be Reading: “Evie was so full of spunk and so unparalleled that she immediately caught my attention from t… […]

February 8, 2013 - 6:43 am

Lori - I was really anxious to read this one, but I just keep putting it off. I’m a little sensitive about the whole pregnancy and baby thing at the moment. :) But this one does sounds really good. I need to pick it up.

February 7, 2013 - 8:24 pm

bookrockbetty - So random that you posted this– I was just thinking about teen pregnancy yesterday– how it’s such a relevant issue, yet I haven’t run into much in all my YA reading. :)

February 7, 2013 - 5:58 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - So I’m not going to lie, I’m one of those people that would have said “Hmm, a teen pregnacy book? No, please,” before I read your review. But honestly, I think this book is for me. Like seriously. I can already relate to Evie so much- I’m pretty studious, get straight As, and am one of those people that gets disappointed when she gets a 92 on her Algebra 2 test (which, yes, just happened). And I also have a few extracurriculars that I’m really passionate about (debater in the house!). And I’m a writer (in my free time, of course). So it seems like I’m super similar to Evie. I’ve also felt the need to do something bad, sometimes as well, which is something I don’t admit easily. But when my parents don’t even say anything when I tell them I got a 97 on a super hard test, or a 112% on my AP Biology test (well, I got a good job on that one, but not a very enthusiastic one), I kind of feel the need to ‘act out’ like so many people at my school do to. So I can 100% relate to Evie and her decision to do something like that, honestly. Which is precisely why I’ll be reading this one now.

Thank you SO MUCH for this review, Magan. Seriously, this book is so similar to me in so many ways that I think I just need to read it.

(Also, sorry about that super confessional and super long paragraph. I’ve been feeling kinda disappointed lately, and I just had to gush that when there are so many similarities between the MC of this book and me.)

February 7, 2013 - 4:47 pm

Alexa Y. - Oh wow, it sounds like Evie goes through quite the journey! I think I would read this one just to find out what she does decide to do and how she copes with it all.

February 7, 2013 - 2:04 pm

Nikki @ Foil the Plot - While issues books aren’t typically my thing, I do like how this one deal with a wide variety of problems. I think the whole affair/divorce thing is probably most intriguing to me because it feels a little more relatable. And I can always appreciate a well-fleshed out cast of characters and beautiful writing. Fabulous review!

February 7, 2013 - 1:24 am

Bookworm1858 - I adored Celie and Tammy-they were my bright spots when Evie’s darkness pulled me down. I know she was in an impossible situation but it was not unforeseeable and I found her incredibly annoying.

Estelle: Intentions by Deborah Heiligman

Intentions by Deborah Heiligman Publication Date: August 14, 2012 Publisher: Random House Children’s Books Pages: 272 Target audience: Mature young adult Keywords: rabbi, temple, fighting parents, distant best friend, first love Format read: ARC from NetGalley How I heard about it: Heard DH read an excerpt at NYC Teen Author Festival in March Summary: In […]

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November 1, 2012 - 8:02 am

Rather Be Reading Blog Celebrates the Big One: Fun + Giveaway - […] by Katie McGarry 5. Skinny by Donna Cooner 6. Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell 7. Intentions by Deborah Heiligman 8. Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews 9. My Life Next Door by […]

August 9, 2012 - 10:47 am

April Books & Wine - The premise of this sounds really good. I mean, I love books where teens question things like religion. Also I like when adults are hypocritical, because no one is perfect or anything.

Yeah, I’m going to have to check this one out of my library eventually!

July 14, 2012 - 6:48 pm

VeganYANerds - I’ve never heard of this book or author so thank you for making me aware of it. Sometimes I steer clear of books about religion but I like that this book is about a girl questioning her faith because someone she’s looked up to is not doing as he says.

And I loved your description of Rachel, there is just something about flawed characters, they are so easy to relate to compared to perfect people, she sounds very realistic!

Great review, E!

July 14, 2012 - 5:16 pm

Krystianna - This book sounds awesome!

I’m glad to hear that you liked it.

Thanks for the review!

July 12, 2012 - 10:40 pm

elena - I actually said WHAAAT out loud reading the first lines of your review! I’m not really a religious person but I’m curious about this one, esp since it’s not preachy. I was not expecting that from the cover but I see the windows now. This sounds like such an intriguing book!

July 12, 2012 - 12:27 pm

Tara - I MUST read this one! I’m always intrigued about books that have a religion element but don’t preach at me and this perfect. Fabulous review Estelle!!

July 11, 2012 - 4:39 pm

Hollie @ Music, Books and Tea - I’d never heard of this book before I read your review, but I really want to now. Rachel sounds like the kind of main character I’ll love because she’s not flawless! Great review. :)

July 11, 2012 - 1:46 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - To be honest, this book is completely new to me. I had never heard of it before, but after reading your review, I’m completely intrigued. This book presents a situation that most people have to deal with – an authority figure teaching one thing and acting in direct opposition – so it’ll be an interesting read, at least to me.