Happy Book Release Day!!!
By: Lindsey Leavitt
Published By: Bloomsbury
Publish Date: March 26, 2013
Pages: 320 pages
Tags: Young Adult, Contemporary Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Coming of Age
Concoction of a Review:
Like most of us, Mallory is another young lady in this world who wants to figure out where she belongs and what her “thing” is. However, the way that Mallory goes about this is a tad unorthodox but amazing in almost every way.
While dusting and cleaning away the basement of her grandmothers home she found a list. As the Mad Scientist is not a person who lists I did not feel an moment of glorious aha at this but Mallory did! The list was simple. 5 small tasks that was figured to be written in the very early 1960’s when her grandmother would of also been 16 and a junior in high school. This is where one smirks at such a lucky connection. *smirk*
How she decided, but she did, that the 60’s was simpler times and she wanted to revert to the past by completing the list as her grandmother once completed herself. Or did she not? *pops parasol so one cannot see a grin*
The jolt to make her jump into such a process of altering her life of technology to lack there of has a lot to do with just being burned by Jeremy, her boyfriend of over a year. Cyber cheating with BubbleYum... is there such a thing? Yes, indeed the Mad Scientist begrudgingly avails to today's technology. (otherwise, one would not see this amazing blog of oddness that needs more steampunkery!)
Poor dear Mallory is confused as to why she is not enough for the boy she loves or loved. Not knowing so much any more and feeling a need to connect with her grandma who herself is transitioning into a retirement community she sets out to complete the list to find herself.
Enlisting her sister Ginny they venture into the past to complete the tasks written out over 50 years ago. Including a soiree that spoke of celery and cream cheese that had this Mad Scientist tummy rumbling until she created the same to try. Alas, to no avail... I had to settle for peanut butter instead. (If I was a lister I would of then added cream cheese to the list, if there was one.)
What did I LOVE about this book? Uniting family, Oliver, and fanny packs.
Uniting family - A reader does not often find a book where characters are trying to keeping fighting couples together. We assume they should be apart. Nonetheless, Ginny steps in and silently tries to keep her parents together by helping them realize why they do love each other.
Here is how I picture Oliver:
*shakes head and swoons anyway* Now there is a boy ladies should dream of. A boy who is going to be a MAN. Rare I know. But I am hardly wrong. *winks*
Fanny packs - Now I know what you are thinking... How does the Mad Scientist know of fanny packs? While this rusty thing was in China we seen so many we could count them! Although, the goodness here was in family times. Mallory was down and out. As she would not tell her mother why (I do not blame her) they ended up going to Disney. Why how could one be sad at a most magical place? Disney is a place of princesses, rides and tourist wearing fanny packs. Mallory is bringing the fanny pack back!
One cannot assume you will read this because the Mad Scientist found fanny packs to be a great part of the story but I can assume you will be interested in grandma’s massive secret. In Mallory’s vintage clothes selection, as it is to be said... it is brilliant in my mind! or maybe you will be interested in how the characters are so fleshed out that you care for them.
A beautifully written story about family and finding oneself! Plus vintage clothing!
** Thanks to NetGalley for the ability to read & review this book which so ever did not influence or bend my thoughts in any manner. All Mad thoughts are presented in the right mind of a twisted brain of the Mad Scientist!**
Alternate Book Cover!
4.5 Blasts ---> Most Delightful!