Thank you to Wednesday Books for providing me with a copy of The Mall by Megan McCafferty in exchange for an honest review!
Buddy read with Reg! ♥
Synopsis: New York Times bestselling author Megan McCafferty returns to her roots with this YA coming of age story set in a New Jersey mall.
The year is 1991. Scrunchies, mixtapes and 90210 are, like, totally fresh. Cassie Worthy is psyched to spend the summer after graduation working at the Parkway Center Mall. In six weeks, she and her boyfriend head off to college in NYC to fulfill The Plan: higher education and happily ever after.
But you know what they say about the best laid plans…
Set entirely in a classic “monument to consumerism,” the novel follows Cassie as she finds friendship, love, and ultimately herself, in the most unexpected of places. Megan McCafferty, beloved New York Times bestselling author of the Jessica Darling series, takes readers on an epic trip back in time to The Mall.
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The Mall found me at a time when I absolutely needed it. 90’s Nostalgia? Check! Absolute silliness and laughter? Check! An all-around good time that makes you want to stick around The Mall past closing time? Check!
The Mall is absolutely phenomenal and deserves so much praise. When I had time to sit down and read, I was turning page after page. It was fun, it was comical, it was nostalgic, it was adventurous (the main portion of the plot IS A GOSH DARN TREASURE HUNT) and there’s even a cute romance involved.
Of course, I have to address an issue in The Mall. While reading this book, I went back and forth so many times with: wow! Friendship! We love! to wow! This friendship is awful. So, here’s the deal & a bit of back story for you: Cassie and Drea were best friends in their middle school (elementary?) days. But, at one point, they go their separate ways & let’s be real, Drea kinda doesn’t seem that great of a person. However, they reunite & it seems as if they’re finally becoming friends again.
Here’s the kicker: they are young adults preparing for their future & Drea confides in Cassie of what she wants to do with her life. Cassie seems to be there & super supportive, but then it’s realized that she doesn’t really believe in Drea & doesn’t think that she’s’ going to get into her dream school. Basically, this situation really made me give Cassie major side-eye.
With that slight character issue I had, everything else makes up for it. There are mentions of 90210, Sam Goody, Cabbage Patch Kids, and more. Reading The Mall really threw me back in the ’90s and I loved that blast from the past. And the ending — I really appreciated how the story ended. Of course, as usual, no spoilers from me, but in general, the ending of this story felt very realistic.
The Mall really won my heart over and I’m screaming my support for this YA Contemporary from the rooftops. Check it out! You won’t regret it.
Megan McCafferty writes fiction for tweens, teens and teens-at-heart of all ages. The author of several novels, she’s best known for Sloppy Firsts and several more books in the New York Times bestselling Jessica Darling series. Described in her first review as “Judy Blume meets Dorothy Parker” (Wall Street Journal), she’s been trying to live up to that high standard ever since.
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