The Mall

The Mall New York Times Bestselling Author Megan McCafferty Returns To Her Roots With This YA Coming Of Age Story Set In A New Jersey MallThe Year IsScrunchies, Mixtapes AndAre, 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 AfterBut You Know What They Say About The Best Laid PlansSet 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

Megan McCafferty writes fiction for tweens, teens and teens at heart of all ages The author of eleven novels, she s best known for SLOPPY FIRSTS and four sequels in the New York Times bestselling Jessica Darling series She s got two new books coming out in 2020 TRUE TO YOUR SELFIE MG, Scholastic, 2 20 and THE MALL YA, Wednesday Books, 6 20 Described in her first review as Judy Blume

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  • Hardcover
  • 320 pages
  • The Mall
  • Megan McCafferty
  • English
  • 13 January 2017
  • 9781250209955

10 thoughts on “The Mall

  1. says:

    Hmmm When somebody told me, why don t we take an exciting tour to travel around 90 s memory lane so you got the references easily from your childhood and some part of teenage era I answered myself yes, I don t have an intellectual imaginary friend and I m not drunk enough so I offered myself a tour and I took it Why not Results Going back to time, Matthew Broderick is still young and dated Jennifer Grey who was playing his sister on the movie Yes you got it right Ferris Bueller days or day off Later it turned into a show with new cast members and it sucked 90210 was still good, the characters were still young, annoying but relatable, they didn t fire Shannen Doherty yet and we re still listening mixtapes, singing Madonna s songs, doing loco motions with Kylie, watching bad romance between Maddie and David on Moonlighting Yes, Bruce Willis had hair once upon a time and he was not a jerk, okay, he was still jerk with adorable lopsided smile and Marky Mark is still a bad boy worst rapper who hasn t made disastrous Transformer movie yet.So yes, book s time frame is right The characters seemed interesting Some dialogues were smart, snappy But yes here comes the irritating BUT part I felt like watching a movie I gave 5 point at IMDB and wasted my time The plot intrigued my attention taking place in a mall, living inside Cassie Worthy s head, seeing her making new friends, finding new job, interested in treasure hunt after surviving from a severe disease, living in quarantine, finding her boyfriend cheating on her when she was sick, getting fired from her job and of course let s add some romantic vibes into this story So I impressed with the start but as I resume my reading, I started to get bored with the dialogues trying so hard to be catchy but the words turns into full of clich s, illogical jargons, not so funny phrases And of course I really wondered why Cassie had to repeat her inner screams, making arrghhkk sounds so much Did she have a problem with her vocal cords or didn t she have any idea have to express her feelings And the characters, well, without enough back stories, it was so hard to relate with them Maybe this story is not for me and it addresses younger generations at least younger than 18 but mostly I found it boring, shallow, flat and a little raw I think the story needed work because I felt like I ate tasteless, uncooked meal It needed development, work and back stories, not to be released before any rewritings or editing I think I was expecting from this author.So I gave 2.5 stars and for the love of 90 s soul, I rounded up to 3 But that s it I love some parts and I only loved the heroine but I have to say this is not my cup of happy hour drink Special thanks to NetGalley and St Martin s Press Wednesday Books to send me this ARC COPY in exchange my honest review I wish I could like it .

  2. says:

    2.5 starsIt took me a long while to understand why I was dragging my feet for WEEKS, failing to finish a 300 page YA novel written by Megan McCafferty I liked the premise, and McCafferty s wit was there, and yet, I just couldn t bring myself to care about any of it And then I opened the book s copyright page, and everything clicked into place The Mall is copyrighted to Alloy Entertainment, and then McCafferty, so basically it s unclear how much of this story was written by her, and it shows.The Mall is a 90s mall culture love letter I am not exactly attached to that time, so the period isn t a big draw for me personally, and, I believe, a huge number of YA readers But I do like McCafferty s voice, and overall the plot of The Mall is fine After months of being sick and confined to her house, Cassie returns back to the world, or specifically, the mall, where she has a summer job to take on and a boyfriend to snuggle with Unfortunately, nothing goes according to the plan, and Cassie immediately finds herself job and boyfriend less and a total wreck What follows is a summer of finding new friends, job, love and outlook on life And a treasure hunt The problem with The Mall is its shallowness There is some great dialog, and the plot is sketched out nicely with potentially interesting relationships and characters However nothing in this world feels lived in and real, nobody has fully written back stories or complex feelings Think Game of Thrones season 7 and 8 The fact that the novel is set entirely at the mall doesn t help either Everything is an outline, a shadow of something The story reads almost like a movie script Some good acting might be able to add dimension to this very flat book And this is where Alloy Entertainment comes in It s a book packaging company Their books are team written and are meant to be movie or tv bound IPs, like Gossip Girl or Vampire Diaries This is where, I think, the shallowness of The Mall stems from I don t know if McCafferty novelized an already existing book outline, or if other people wrote some of this novel, but The Mall just doesn t feel complete and fully realized This book doesn t have a beating heart This kind of properties never work for me, but I bet this book will find some fans Had I known this was a book packaging project, I wouldn t have read it.

  3. says:

    ARC provided via NetGalley, and I am truly thankful for being given a chance to reunite with my childhood hero, Megan McCafferty.3.5 starsI believe I was in the eight grade when I read Jessica Darling series Or should I say, pretended to be sick so I could stay at home and read it.Now, did the new Megan McCafferty s book have the same influence on me No, no really But it was a good story.Writing amazing as always, characters realistic, and I loved the 90 s vibe Overall, I did look forward to coming back home from work to read it It s just that I didn t feel need to call in sick and stay at home all day long, cuddling it.

  4. says:

    The Mall, a just barely post high school YA novel set entirely in the eponymous mall of the title, is the first realism realistic YA NA title I ve read where I really related to the characters, and was not playing a constant internal game of Incomprehensible Behavior Unrealistic Dialog Stupid YA Trope Bingo Obviously the credit for that goes to author Megan McCafferty, but I suspect that the fact that she s pretty obviously Generation X, like I am, is the reason I clicked so much with these characters and this story McCafferty writes familiarly and accurately about the Gen X life, world, and worldview when we were young adults in that era.I m not really sure that Millennials and Generation Z who are probably the ones reading most of the YA books these days actually get how very different we Xers were and still are from the Boomers, how we came to realize, somewhere early in our adulthood, that our Boomer parents flower child idealism had turned into too much Wall Street greed by way of the supposed American Dream, thus fucking shit up all over the US and in the world, and how we wanted to do be better Our activism was is personal and less radical although we have come to respect the louder, prouder stance of Millennials while Boomers are poo pooing it, our hallmark reactivity still involves some sort of nod to snark and irony whereas Millennials are so gosh darned earnest And many of our shortcomings can be traced to wanting to do a better job as parents than our own did we were so largely latch key children of divorce who supported ourselves at a young age, so we desperately feared being neglectful and indifferent that we turned into, at worst, enabling helicopter coddlers of entitled brats But I don t think we ever really got our time to shine, and now we may never after a lifetime of trying to make the society we lived in value experiences and relationships than giant fortunes, reflect equality and fairness, and reverse the march into late stage capitalism and a ruined environment, we thought we finally had the reins when President Obama, the first Gen X US president, was elected Now of course we re back to a Boomer president and a world far conservative, depressing, dangerous, and overall just downright worse than anything we ever witnessed As a generation, sometimes we re not even remembered any, or we get lumped in with the Boomers ack, please no Some have been radicalized into a horrifying if you can t beat em, join em path, but I think the bulk of us are just kind of fading away, and at least somewhere deep inside, we re too jaded and exhausted to care.Okay, that was digressive af Where was I going with that Oh yeah The Mall reminded me of being young, going away to college, discovering my values, and being ready to conquer the world, much like Cassie I think Gen Xers will most appreciate the nostalgia here from Orange Julius and sky high hair Silence Death pins and the nascent burgeoning of third wave feminism the optimism of a post Cold War world tempered by the slow dawning of the irreversible damage Reaganomics had wrought and that would most certainly undermine our futures how we could be so intellectually smart but so interpersonally bone headed and overly dramatic our distant relationships with our indecipherable and often divorcing parents alternative music and how it became the existential soundtrack of our lives how we used fashion and style as such an important tool in our self expression the sometimes obsessive introspection on our fundamental sense of separateness and loneliness that was at once universal and also completely and utterly unique to our generation at that point in history on down to the facts that we were the first to have and embrace technology in our daily lives and that no matter where in this good ol US of A we grew up, we could not WAIT to get the hell out of there at our earliest opportunity I wonder why there are already reviews from people that REALLY disliked this book I don t know if the squeaky clean Millennials or the not really squeaky clean but like to pretend they are Boomers were and will continue to be put off by some of the realities of youth notice I did not say misspent that McCafferty details without shame or drama We drank We smoked cigarettes, as well as pot We did , if we could afford it We were on the Pill at whatever age we felt necessary, because in those halcyon days of yore, we could get that shit for free at Planned Parenthood and not need parental permission or even notification as it damn well still should be We cursed like mother fucking sailors We had sex, and not necessarily in the context of a loving, long term relationship We dated people of ages that would be instantly indicted as statutory rape today If you think YA novels should not have this type of content, let alone when it is not stigmatized, not indulged only by the antagonists or bad characters, doesn t result in some karmic comeuppance, or worst perhaps of all is generally treated as normal, age appropriate, and sympathetic, well, consider yourself forewarned.Lest you think The Mall is one big, long, existential slog through pinings for the proverbial good old days, don t worry it s not That was just a big takeaway for me, given where I m at in my life and my relationship to the world This book is actually a lot of fun, and has enough universal experiences of youth to appeal to any age assuming you are an older teenager not influenced or offended by the aforementioned content It is mostly about family, friendship, honesty, loyalty, and the inevitable changes of relationships upon graduating from high school Romance is a very secondary theme, and all the hated YA love tropes are avoided It s also chock full of Easter eggs and pop culture references to the late 80s early 90s, in the style of Ready Player One although not contrived by plot, as that book was, and much diverse in scope of topics The female characters were wonderfully fleshed out, but unfortunately the men, not so much In fact, the majority of them were serious douchebags, but it served the plot, which was really mostly about relationships between the women peers, families, intergenerationally So even though my review aside from being unforgivably long is rather heavy , the book is not, but you will likely have your own takeaways from it based on your age, background, and stage of life.There is one group of people I d like to specifically recommend this book to aside from Gen Xers themselves those whose parents are Generation X I m not sure whether it ll make you approve of us , or see commonalities in our and your youthful struggles and how we dealt with them, but I m pretty sure you ll understand us Besides, it really is a lot of fun 4.5 stars.I received an uncorrected bound manuscript of this book at no cost from the publisher via Goodreads Giveaways, but was otherwise not compensated for my review.

  5. says:

    This book is so goodI criedI laughed so hard i cried againThis book is amazing

  6. says:

    Giveaway win

  7. says:

    SO MUCH LOVEThis was cheesy, over the top, and absolutely where I parked my car I loved every Aqua Net moment of this.Frtc

  8. says:

    let me tell you guys this was preeeeeetty radicalbig thank you to the publisher for providing me with a drc for review 3

  9. says:

    3.5 Stars I was in high school when I devoured the Jessica Darling series and absolutely loved it I was so excited to receive this ARC for Megan McCafferty s latest novel, The Mall While The Mall did not hold the same magic for me that Jessica Darling and Marcus Flutie did, I loved the 90 s vibe and Megan s writing The characters were really relatable It reminded me of being young before college when the Mall was the center of the universe Sam Goody Spencer s Gifts Kaybee Toys There were a lot of gems that I had forgotten about The Mall was a really fun throwback that made me laugh and cry I connected with Cassie and her flaws However, she was not always that likable which sometimes made it hard to root for her Thanks to Edelweiss for this advanced copy

  10. says:

    It seems like everywhere you look these days, the 90s are making a comeback For Gen X and Millennials, it is purely nostalgic scrunchies and jellies, New Kids on the Block, 90210, Saved by the Bell, grunge, dial up Internet, mix tapes while for Gen Z, it is a source of music and fashion inspiration So it makes sense that Megan McCafferty, author of the Jessica Darling series from the early 2000s, is taking us back to the 90s with her new YA novel, The Mall The Mall is about you guessed it a New Jersey mall back when these mega shopping complexes were in their heyday the early 90s It was a time before the Internet and cell phones became a thing, and teens used to entertain themselves by prowling the mall, looking for their crushes, consuming copious amounts of junk food, and spending what little pocket money they had on the latest trends Cassie Worthy has just spent the summer after her senior year down for the count with mono Now that she is finally feeling better, she can t wait to spend these last few weeks she has before the start of college working at America s Best Cookie with her boyfriend, Troy Little does she know, Troy found a sub par replacement for her while she was confined to her bed this summer So what s a girl to do when she is dumped Develop new friendships and relationships , make him pay, and most important of all, find herself The Mall takes place entirely within a Jersey mall during the summer of 1991, and is mostly a fun filled blast into the past While the plot is often outlandish the mall is home to a staff party room called The Cabbage Patch in the second basement, and Cassie finds herself wrapped up in a dubious mall treasure hunt there are some important points to be made here about family, friends, relationships, and self worth Unfortunately, none of these topics are delved in too deeply, making this book feel like a novelty a caricature of the time period it represents full of style, but no substance It is a fun read, and will likely be right up the alley of its intended audience, but for those of us who actually lived through the 90s, it is apparent that McCafferty just threw in a lot of pop culture references to establish time and place, instead of working to make sure that this novel felt authentic Younger audiences won t know the difference, however, making this story a frolicking foray into simpler times Thank you to NetGalley and Wednesday Books for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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