Warning: Spoilers ahead because I felt like it was necessary to talk about what happens at the end of this book.

This novel, written by author Lindsey Leavitt, focuses on how different life is with the use of technology.

Mallory Bradshaw is a sixteen-year-old girl living in California. One day, she discovers that her boyfriend is cheating on her with a cybercrush on the Internet.  After realizing that technology is the reason for her breakup, she decides to stop using modern technology for awhile, instead opting for an old rotary phone and wearing vintage clothing. She also vows to complete a list of her grandmother’s from high school that she found, including finding a boyfriend, forming a pep club at school and going to her homecoming dance. She manages to succeed in creating a pep club while forming a friendship with her ex’s cousin, Oliver.

I initially thought that this book would play out the common cliches. Mallory would end up with Oliver or get back with her ex-boyfriend. However, this was not the case. Mallory realizes that she doesn’t need a significant other in her life right now  and decides that she is fine on her own for now.

I liked the message that you don’t necessarily need another person to define you, that focusing on yourself is important. This is something I wish I knew a few years ago, but that’s another story.

I also found Mallory’s experience without technology interesting. She talks about how she feels behind in the lives of her friends and family without the Internet and social media. It makes the point on how the world revolves around technology nowadays and how connected people are, both in positive and negative ways.

Overall, I found this a nice, quick read focusing on how much life has changed between now and fifty years ago.

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