1960 ... it's a very good year.
Or at least, that's what Mallory decides after she finds out her boyfriend of nearly two years has been cheating on him with some cyber floozy named "BubbleYum."
While going through her grandmother's old things she finds her to-do list she made in high school in the 1960s, which includes such treasures as sewing a homecoming dress and making a float for the pep club. Mallory decides that she's going to abandon technology (since it got her into this mess in the first place) and live her life as though she were in the 1960s, at the same time fulfilling each item on her grandmother's old list.
So what did I love about this book? What didn't I love about this book? Everything about this, from the concept to the characterization, was lovely fluffy goodness that I wanted to eat up as if it were pudding. Tasty, delicious pudding.
Mallory's character is great--she's egocentric and a little selfish, and yeah, she's got a bit of a temper, but she's mostly good-hearted, she doesn't slut-shame, and she stands up for herself. I really liked that the author took the time to create a well-rounded character who doesn't just go to pieces every time a boy even so much as looks at her. Brava, Ms. Leavitt.
Her sister, Ginnie, is also super likable, and I'm not just saying that because she reminded me of Ginny Weasley. Even though she's younger than Mallory, in many ways she is more mature. She has some of the best lines in this book and her relationship with Mallory was so squee-worthy. They don't have the perfect relationship and fight sometimes, but they love each other. Hooray!
Oh, and Oliver. Just, Oliver. He is one of the best YA love interests I've seen in a while.
If more fluff was like this, with both style and substance, maybe I wouldn't break out into hives every time I even so much as look at the young-adult section. Maybe.
4 to 4.5 out of 5 stars!