The Mall

The MallNew York Times Bestselling Author Megan McCafferty Returns To Her Roots With This YA Coming Of Age Story Set In A New Jersey MallThe Year Is Scrunchies, Mixtapes And 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 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 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 o 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 neededwork because I felt like I ate tasteless, uncooked meal It neededdevelopment, work and back stories, not to be released before any rewritings or editing I think I was expectingfrom 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 .bloginstagramfacebooktwitter 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.T 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 Giveaway win Spring Into Reading A Thon Book with Pink or Yellow on coverThe Mall is fun and nostalgic I really really enjoyed this one It was just the type of carefree entertainment I really all of us need at a time like this Cassie Worthy is a Type A to the fullest She and her boyfriend of 2 years have a plan They ll go away to college together, major in careers that compliment each other, get married and live upwardly mobile lives All that changes when Cassie gets fired from her job a Giveaway win Spring Into Reading A Thon Book with Pink or Yellow on coverThe Mall is fun and nostalgic I really really enjoyed this one It was just the type of carefree entertainment I really all of us need at a time like this Cassie Worthy is a Type A to the fullest She and her boyfriend of 2 years have a plan They ll go away to college together, major in careers that compliment each other, get married and live upwardly mobile lives All that changes when Cassie gets fired from her job and dumped by her boyfriend Now she is forced to make a new plan or better yet just live in the moment The Mall is a breezy and funny read and I truly think this book will put a smile on your face Since you can t go to The Mall, you might as well read about it I highly recommend this one 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 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 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 c 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 ispersonal 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 relationshipsthan 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 farconservative, 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 ofReady Player Onealthough not contrived by plot, as that book was, and muchdiverse 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 seecommonalities in our and your youthful struggles and how we dealt with them, but I m pretty sure you ll understand usBesides, 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. SO MUCH LOVEThis was cheesy, over the top, and absolutely where I parked my car I loved every Aqua Net moment of this.Frtc I really enjoyed this It s full of nostalgic 90 s goodness I fully remember being in middle school in 1991 and all of the things mentioned in here were very prevalent The scrunchies, the bands, the back to school fashion shows at the mall Even the stores I remember shopping in The story was pretty good and I read it very quickly Fun read A couple small issues I had were that I don t think this would appeal to today s young adults as much as people in my age group, who remember the 90 s Th I really enjoyed this It s full of nostalgic 90 s goodness I fully remember being in middle school in 1991 and all of the things mentioned in here were very prevalent The scrunchies, the bands, the back to school fashion shows at the mall Even the stores I remember shopping in The story was pretty good and I read it very quickly Fun read A couple small issues I had were that I don t think this would appeal to today s young adults as much as people in my age group, who remember the 90 s They won t get the same feelings here I also didn t like that two of the characters had sex without even knowing each other s first names I also had an issue with a friendship that went down the lane of fake encouragement that involved no intention of actually helping It was very fake and I thought it was strange for that character to behave that way, when her character seemed to be very truthful and reliable Huge thanks to the publisher for an early review copy This book is so goodI criedI laughed so hard i cried againThis book is amazing This was a whole lot of fun and a whole lot of 90s references to mall stores long gone It was a hoot to see Bethany Darling show up, and I dug that this was the second YA book I ve read this year first being War and Speech that the main character worked at the mall cookie shop I m going to disagree with a lot of reviews I think this is YA, and I think it has teen appeal Is itfor Gen X Millennials Yes But teens love the 90s, and this is a full on 90s romp Voice is funny and snarky This was a whole lot of fun and a whole lot of 90s references to mall stores long gone It was a hoot to see Bethany Darling show up, and I dug that this was the second YA book I ve read this year first being War and Speech that the main character worked at the mall cookie shop I m going to disagree with a lot of reviews I think this is YA, and I think it has teen appeal Is itfor Gen X Millennials Yes But teens love the 90s, and this is a full on 90s romp Voice is funny and snarky 1991 Sopho year in high school I was fifteen My favorite place to trek besides the library was the mall.Just the mall Names never mattered.In McCafferty s novel, Cassie Worthy spends her summer trying to find her worth via neon, cassingles, and Orange Julius as she deals with an ex boyfriend, an ex best friend s advice, and rumors I thought this novel was cute It gave me a slice of nostalgia that I love and I think those living at the moment would love too If you want a taste of the 1991 Sopho year in high school I was fifteen My favorite place to trek besides the library was the mall.Just the mall Names never mattered.In McCafferty s novel, Cassie Worthy spends her summer trying to find her worth via neon, cassingles, and Orange Julius as she deals with an ex boyfriend, an ex best friend s advice, and rumors I thought this novel was cute It gave me a slice of nostalgia that I love and I think those living at the moment would love too If you want a taste of the early 90s before Nirvana hit the scene , take a gander at this book It s the bomb Yeah, I showed my age 4 5 Special thanks to NetGalley for the chance to read this dope novel

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  • Hardcover
  • 320 pages
  • The Mall
  • Megan McCafferty
  • English
  • 06 August 2017
  • 1250209951