Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt

When Mallory finds her boyfriend, Jeremy, cheating on her with an online girlfriend, she decides to give up on all modern technology. Using a list written by her grandmother in 1962 as a guide, Mallory plans to regain control of her life and find her “thing”. What she doesn’t count on is how this list will effect her relationships with her friends and her family.

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  1. Run for pep squad secretary
  2. Host a fancy dinner party/soiree
  3. Sew a dress for homecoming
  4. Find a steady
  5. Do something dangerous

Nevermind that her school doesn’t have a pep squad, she has no idea how to cook or sew, and the fact that she’s sworn off boys, I love that Mallory is determined to finish this list. She’s such a spunky character with a very fun voice. If all of Ms. Leavitt’s main characters are going to be like this, then I might need to check out her other books. Mallory just seems so real and so does her sister. I love the relationship that they have with each other–it’s the kind of relationship that I think all sisters should have. The parents are grandmother seemed a little more like sitcom people, but they were alright as well.

I was very happy that Mallory never really considered getting back together with Jeremy. It seemed like she had the natural post-breakup regrets, but she knew that he was no good for her. I also liked that she didn’t start dating some other boy right away. She (realistically) realized that she needed some time and actually took it. The last thing that I love about Mal is that she has a collection of MLB bobble-heads. I’m a big baseball fan, so this was just a little thing that made me like her even more.

Overall, I thought this book was written well and was a fun, easy read!

Overall Rating: 4
Violence: None
Sexual Content: Mild
Language: Moderate
Smoking/Drinking: Mild. Mal’s parents have a drink once or twice.

The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

VirtNet has taken over the world. It’s a Virtual Reality forum where you can play games, hang out with friends, and basically live another life. Michael spends most of his time online with his two Virt-friends Sarah and Bryson. When a cyber terrorist named Kaine starts killing people in real life, the government comes to Michael and his friends to hunt him down.51YpOI+BGHL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_

I am a big fan of The Maze Runner by the same author and I also really liked Ready Player One which has a similar premise, so I thought I’d like this series, but I didn’t end up thinking it was that great. I didn’t like the characters very much or the plot. I liked “Ready Player One” because it felt like I was playing the game while I was reading, but this book didn’t feel like that and I struggled with caring about what was happening to the characters.

The characters didn’t feel developed or important. More often than not I was annoyed with them and the decisions they were making. Some of the book felt muddy and hard to understand as well. I just didn’t like it–not my thing I guess.

I do seem to be in the minority, however. The book has a lot of good reviews on Amazon, so if you do end up liking it, the second book is The Rule of Thoughts and the third book, The Game of Lives, comes out November 17th.

Overall Rating: 2
Violence: Heavy. A lot of fighting, moderate gore.
Sexual Content: Mild (maybe)
Language: Mild (if that)
Smoking/Drinking: None