Imagine Kids & Family have acquired the rights to bestselling YA book Going Vintage, and have tapped Kara Holden (Carrie Pilby) to write the adaptation.
The novel, written by Lindsey Leavitt, was published in 2013. It revolves around 16-year-old Mallory, a quirky teen living in Orange County. When she discovers her boyfriend is cheating on her with an online girlfriend, their ugly breakup goes viral, and she swears off boys and modern technology altogether.
Inspired by a list of goals her grandmother made in 1962, Mallory decides to “go vintage” and use only the technology, clothing and music from the early 1960s. She sets out to fulfil her grandmother’s teenage bucket list, but modern day problems and the resurfacing of her grandmother’s hidden secrets begin to make Mallory question whether there has ever been such a thing as a “simpler time”.
Holden is the perfect person to pen this adaptation. She’s already adapted Carrie Pilby, a coming-of-age novel about a precocious college student, co-wrote Middle School: The Worst Years Of My Life, and she also worked on the Disney Original movie Zapped, which starred Zendaya. So she’s very experienced at working on YA-related projects, and can hopefully bring Going Vintage to life.
This is the latest book-to-screen deal for Imagine Kids & Family, which launched in January. It recently had its first TV series greenlit at Nickelodeon and has set up deals with James Patterson and an animated history series with Life magazine.