Author: Lindsey Leavitt
Published by: Scholastic
Publication date: 4th April 2013
Genres: Young Adult/Contemporary
Mallory is a junior with a boyfriend named Jeremy. Everything seems to be going okay, until she discovers that he has been cheating on her on Friendspace. Mallory is understandably filled with rage. Whilst she is on his Friendspace account, she changes his status and storms out of the house. They're over. Later, Mal goes to her grandma's house and finds her grandma's lists and notebooks from when her grandma was Mal's age. This convinces Mal that before technology, life was a lot simpler...so Mal follows the list her grandma made.
First of all, I would just like to express my love for the cover. It's gorgeous and I prefer it much more than the US version. It's so pretty and I think it relates to the story really well.
Mallory was likeable enough, but her ex boyfriend Jeremy...ugh, I really didn't like him. He didn't seem to like Mallory that much and he never laughed at her jokes or took interest in anything she did. Mallory seemed to follow him around like a puppy so I was actually glad that they broke up so soon.
Something I did like was that Mallory took a break from technology. No social networking sites, no phone, no email. I thought that was really interesting and it showed how much us teenagers rely on technology. Especially bloggers! If the Internet went down for a day, I'm pretty sure we would all be distraught.
Another 'techie' thing about this book was that Mallory found out, whilst using her Mum's laptop one day, that her Mum had a blog where she shared secrets of her family's life. To me, that seemed like an altered repeat of what had happened with Jeremy and his Friendspace account. It angered me because I think that was a huge mistreatment of trust and I would hate it if my Mum had a blog like that. (She does have a blog...but thank goodness she doesn't post family secrets. Awkward...)
The characters were well formed but other than that, I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. Having enjoyed one of Leavitt's books a couple of years ago, I was really excited to read this, so it's a shame that I didn't enjoy it very much. It didn't seem to have much substance, so I don't think I would reread it. I liked the fact that Mallory learnt about herself throughout the book and her sister was pretty funny, but that was all. I hate to say this (I suck at negative reviews) but I don't recommend this unless you're after a quick fluffy read with little substance. For that reason, I'm going to give this 2/5.