The Mall

Publisher’s Blurb:

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 Review:

Wow! This book took me back to my days of teen angst. I’m a Gen Xer, so this was pure nostalgia. I felt like I was immersed in one of my favorite John Hughes movies – expecting Jake Ryan to turn the corner at any moment. It’s a story about fitting in and finding out who you are.

When Cassandra’s possibility of forever boyfriend breaks up with her at the beginning of summer, and her parents start acting like weird cardboard replicas of themselves, her world quickly becomes the crappiest show on earth. She doesn’t know what she wants. She doesn’t know how to deal with all of the raw emotions wheeling through her. She wants to become a newer, more spectacular version of herself, but she doesn’t want to lose who she is in the process. When she lands a job at the prestigious Bellarosa Boutique it seems like a dream come true.

But Cassie’s quest for popularity has unexpected rewards and lessons. There are undercover makeout sessions, treasure maps, and unexpected friendships. There is a very active rumor mill, and a mysterious music aficionado a la High Fidelity. There are mini-skirts, hair spray and discussions about Club MTV.

I absolutely loved it! I think I had Wicked Game on solid repeat while reading it…..

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