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.
- Run for pep squad secretary
- Host a fancy dinner party/soiree
- Sew a dress for homecoming
- Find a steady
- 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
Sexual Content: Mild
Smoking/Drinking: Mild. Mal’s parents have a drink once or twice.
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