Thursday, July 30, 2020

Book Review: The Mall by Megan McCafferty

Welcome, friends! I'm very pleased to be participating in the blog tour for The Mall by Megan McCafferty. Published on July 28th, it is a fun 90's tale of heartbreak, food courts, and scavenger hunts. Keep reading for more information & my review of this awesome book.


Book Summary 

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.

My Thoughts

What initially attracted me to this book is the author. I discovered the Jessica Darling series one Summer while I was home from college. Every week I would drive to the next town over because they had every book in the series and I would return my previous read for the next book in the series. I fell in love with Megan McCafferty's realistic portrayal of a suburban teen just trying to figure life out and get by.

Not to mention my book crush on Marcus Flutie, but that's completely off topic.

So I was excited to check out this book for a couple of reasons: I like the author, the cover caught my eye, and the fact that the story is set at a mall during the 90's. I was born in 1992 so it's not like I can relate or felt nostalgia reading this story, but I still felt like it was totally delightful.

See, recent high school graduate Cassie Worthy has a plan. She and her boyfriend Troy will be working at the mall all Summer, saving up money for when they head off to NYC in the Fall to their separate but equally prestigious universities. But Cassie's plan falls to the wayside after a messy breakup, To avoid telling her parents the truth about why her relationship with Troy is over, she continues to go to the mall every day, eventually finding a new job, a new friend, and a Summer mystery.

I liked Cassie a lot. She actually reminded me of Jessica Darling a bit. I think it's because they're both a bit cynical, or maybe a better word is realistic.

This book felt very plot driven, which I appreciated. I think that was absolutely necessary because the whole story takes place at the mall. They really had to keep the story moving or else I think we would have gotten bored as readers.

I adored the 90's pop culture references and the description of the mall. I felt like that was a really fun part of the story. I liked how all the teens who worked at the mall seemed to know each other and partied together after hours. I thought it was so fun how Cassie's coworker/best friend Drea seemed to know so much about the inner workings of the 900,000 square feet of the mall. Basement parties? She'll take you there. The roof? She knows how to find it.

My only critique is that because the story was so plot driven, I felt like the characters could have used some more depth and description. They felt a little hollow. Example: Cassie's parents. We didn't really know anything about their personalities except for their jobs and the fact that they were getting divorced. And Cassie's crush Sam Goody... we learned little snippets about him here and there but it felt like a very shallow description.

Overall, I did enjoy this book. I actually want to re-read it soon because of the enjoyable story and setting. If you like feeling nostalgic for the 90's or enjoy this author, definitely check this book out when it's released!

Find Out More

Thanks for checking out my book review of The Mall. To find out more, visit the links below.
Thank you to Wednesday Books for inviting me to be a part of The Mall blog tour. It's really inspired me to go to the mall and get an Orange Julius and a Cinnabon! Haha.
Until next time,
Marian

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