Blog Tour: The Mall by Megan McCafferty // Review

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Book Details

Title: The Mall

Author: Megan McCafferty

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Publication date: 28 July 2020

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

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Book 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.

Early Praise:
“The Mall was to 1991 teenagers what the iPhone is to today’s generation: EVERYTHING. This delightful novel about that particular time and place is loaded with fun, warmth, intelligence, big hair and an even bigger heart. I loved it.” — New York Times bestselling author Rachel Cohn

“Both a laugh-out-loud pean to those bygone cathedrals of the 1990s, and a zippy coming-of-age tale, THE MALL is a delightful read for any generation. So tease your hair, grab your hotdog on a stick and prepare to have a freaking blast!” — Gayle Forman, New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay and I Have Lost My Way

“What a pleasure it is to spend time in a McCafferty universe. Her writing is sharp, smart, sexy and oh-so-real. I’ll read her forever.” — Rebecca Serle, New York Times bestselling author of In Five Years

“Totally rad! This former 1990s mall teen loved The Mall, an ode to tall bangs, boys with good taste in music, and female friendship, set in the only place that mattered. What a joy to have a new book from Megan McCafferty, who knows exactly how to make us laugh, cry, and fall in love with her characters.” — Amy Spalding, author of The Summer of Jordi Perez and The New Guy

“A delightful, funny, sweet and affecting real life adventure with such a big heart, it’ll make you cry the happiest tears. The Mall is something special.” — Courtney Summers, New York Times bestselling author of Sadie

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About the Author

Megan McCafferty


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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Much thanks to Wednesday Books for sending me a copy for review and for inviting me to be a part of this tour. This review is voluntary and opinions are fully my own. Also, all quotes are taken from the ARC and may or may not appear in the final published copy.

“Drea was right. I was a summer stunner. Now all I had to do was prove it.”

📚 Series? No.
📚 Genre? YA .
📚 POV?
📚 Cliffhanger? No.

⚠ Content Warnings: 
⚠ Book Tags :  90s. Toooons of pop culture references. Treasure hunt.

The book is about:
Take a trip down to memory lane and drown yourself with all the 90s American culture references with The Mall. This book tells the story of Cassandra (Cassie) Worthy and her last few months working at the mall before heading off to college. She has good grades, loving parents, and a doting boyfriend – but all of that will turn upside down, just when she least expects it. Just as she battles these pains and challenges, she reconnects with an old friend and discover a fun mystery at the mall.

What drew me in:
As a self-confessed cover hoe, I cannot stress enough how striking this cover is. That alone had me dying to get my hands on this book. Also, if you may not know, Filipinos are crazy over going to shopping malls. They serve as our recreational areas.. and everything that you’ll ever need can be found there. I don’t know how they are treated on the other parts of the globe.. so this book made me want to get a peek.

Characters & connections:
However, here comes the sad part. It was hard for me to connect with the characters. It’s not because of their age.. because I’m a fan of YA through and through. It’s just that, most of the time, the dialogue was filled with 90s easter eggs, jargon, and a whole lot of catch phrases that got lost on me. And unlike the vibe that I got from the cover, the mind of the main character, Cassie, felt like the mind of a 12 to 14 year old, despite the way she should be about 18, I think..

Everything I liked:
I thought The Mall will just be giving me your usual contemporary, but it gave me a surprise. It was so fun to have a tiny mystery sprinkled within the book, with cool clues, and the promise of (maybe) treasure at the end.

Overall thoughts:
The Mall is a quick and easy read, perfect for readers looking for something light and nostalgic. I was born in the 90s so it was hard for me to relate to some of them, but someone who was a teen in the 90s will have a smiley time after reading this for sure.

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My Book Rating Breakdown

🌼 Blurb:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Main Character:⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Support Characters:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Writing Style:⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Character Development:⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Romance: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Pacing: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Ending: ⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Unputdownability: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Book Cover:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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☁ FINAL VERDICT: 3.60/5 ☁

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4 thoughts on “Blog Tour: The Mall by Megan McCafferty // Review

  1. I’m like obsessed with this cover and overall aesthetic of this book ahh! Gives me all the 80s/90s vibes which I LOVE. But sad you didn’t love it as much as you had wanted to 😦 Loved the review!!


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