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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
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: June 9th 2020 by Wednesday Books
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Jan 04, 2020 rated it liked it
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
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Tatiana
Dec 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers who need to satisfy their 90s mall nostalgia
Shelves: 2019, ppb, ya
2.5 stars

It 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.

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Tijana
Nov 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
ARC provided via NetGalley, and I am truly thankful for being given a chance to reunite with my childhood hero, Megan McCafferty.

3.5 stars


I 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
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Shelli
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Gen X, plus Millennials & Gen Z
Recommended to Shelli by: Goodreads Giveaways
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 ...more
Kris
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is so good
I cried
I laughed so hard i cried again
This book is amazing
Caitlin Reads
Dec 30, 2019 rated it liked it
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
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Brooke
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
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Dahlia
Nov 24, 2019 added it
Shelves: 2020-releases
This was such a fun throwback, with such great nods to 90s culture and to McCafferty's earlier work, which I loved. It's very distinctly 90s in a way that makes me think you're gonna enjoy this a lot more if you were around teenagedom then than if you are now, so a crossover imprint was definitely the right place for it, but it's a fun story about friendship and moving on and learning the benefits of widening your circle and horizons and I definitely enjoyed it!
Diana Iozzia (Bookworm Banter)
Sep 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
“The Mall”
Written by Megan McCafferty
Reviewed by Diana Iozzia

In order to enjoy “The Mall”, I think you might have needed to be above the age 10 in the 1990s. In this story chockful of 90s nostalgia, the story has a very childlike and whimsical plot. Teenage Cassandra has just found out her boyfriend had been cheating on her, she loses her job, and has to begin a new job, working with Drea, who she instantly despises. Their friendship blossoms quickly, and Cassandra becomes adjusted to the job at
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Kelly Hager
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Can we talk about how amazing Megan McCafferty is? Her books are consistently great and fun; The Mall is no exception.

This absolutely felt like my teenage years, and I couldn't tell you the last time I thought about mall stores. Kaybee Toys, guys! KAYBEE TOYS. So yes, this book is completely perfect for people my age. It's the perfect amount of nostalgia.

But it's also good for the target audience. Current teens will probably find it to essentially be the Dark Ages (there's no internet! There are
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Jamie
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was so much fun and took me right back to my middle/high school years! I loved the mall setting and related to everything! Even Seaside Heights where I lived for a few years! I laughed and cried throughout this book. Thanks to Netgalley for my advanced ebook copy!
julianna ➹
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: drc
let me tell you guys: this was preeeeeetty radical

big thank you to the publisher for providing me with a drc for review <3
GripLitGrl
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved this book from start to finish! It took me right back to my teenage self, it truly has the perfect 90's teenage vibe.


Cassie has her summer all figured out. Along with her boyfriend Troy they will to work together at America's Best Cookie at Pineville Mall in NJ before they head off to college in N.Y. After starting her job over a month late due to recovering from mono she shows up to work & finds out the hard way that life doesn’t always end up as planned.


I love it when
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Hannah
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another fantastic book from Megan McCafferty. If you enjoyed the Sloppy Firsts series you'll love this book. Playful coming of age with 90's nostalgia and a bit of mystery thrown in. I was hooked from the start and it never got dull. I hope The Mall turns into a series too. I would love to see what Cassie's college life is like.
Tina Hottinger
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a fun little book! Full of 90's mall nostalgia...I enjoyed it!
Samantha
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rejoice, rejoice for the first relatable YA novel I’ve read in ages.

This light, delightful novel takes us back to 1991, when malls were in their heyday and pegging your jeans was all the rage.

Half the fun of the book is mall nostalgia for those old enough to be familiar with the references but young enough to still take interest in YA books. I wish there had actually been more mall store name drops in this (can I get a Merry Go Round shoutout? Ups and Downs? Wild Pair?), but what’s there is
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Christa
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
(I won a Goodreads giveaway and received this book!! I didn't know people could actually win those!)

Okay I truly believe this book was made for me. I loved every second of reading it. Here's a list of some of the unspoilery things that I adore:
1. Set in the 90s!!
2. Nerd girls finding out there's more to the other people they've looked down on (aka watch booksmart pls)
3. Treasure hunt!!!
4. Makeover scenes GALORE
5. The Mall is not only the glorious setting but is a main character!
6. A summer fling
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Michaela Bergland
I won the arc of this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and I was really excited to read it. And, for the most part, I did enjoy reading this book.

It was a fun, fast-paced read that I flew through in a day, and it definitely seems like a perfect summer read, which is when it's slated to come out. I also love that the story follows a female friendship, as those I feel are rare in YA.

However, there is a little body shaming and a fair amount of slut shaming in the book that was hard for me to get
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Shannon Moore
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Book was provided by netgalley..

I love 80's-90's themed books. When I read the plot i knew I had to read this. The 80s references were awesome. I didn't like Troy very much. His character was just irritating for the things he said.

I would recommend this to anyone who lives 90's flashback to malls and 90's music taste in marky and the funky bunch.
Brooke
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
*ARC provided via NetGalley

I’ve been a huge fan of Megan McCafferty ever since I read “Sloppy Firsts” in high school. I devoured the rest of the Jessica Darling books, and I also really enjoyed her dystopian series “Bumped”. When I saw that she had a new book available for early readers, I moved this one up to the front on my to-be-read list.
It’s the summer of 1991, and Cassie is more than eager to get through her stint at the mall food court so she and her boyfriend Troy can attend college
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Sara
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received my copy of The Mall free as part of the First Reads giveaway program. I haven't read anything by McCafferty since the Sloppy Firsts series and The Mall made me remember what I was missing. It's 1991 in Pineville, New Jersey, and after being bedridden for six weeks with mono, 17 year old Cassie Worthy is ready to get back to her boyfriend, Troy, her job at the cookie store in the Parkway Center Mall food court, make some money, and head to college in the fall. However, her life is ...more
BetweenShadesofBooks
Thank you so much to Alexis Neuville at Wednesday Books for sending me a copy!

I loved this book so much! A really cute contemporary full of fun and nostalgia. He writing was so addictive and the book itself kept me up reading! The cover is gorgeous as well. If you’re a contemporary lover, you will for sure love this one!
Online Eccentric Librarian
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
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From the beginning dedication of "To all Riot Grrrls, past present and future" you'll get an instant idea of what to expect from The Mall. There are a lot feminist ideas here, perhaps the author looking back at the time (1991) through a revisionist lens to see the beginnings of the grrrl movement. Social issues affecting women/girls at the time are addressed obliquely so as to not become an agenda piece and the focus
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Jessica Berry
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: galleywars
Well, this one sure brought me back! As a Jersey Girl, born and raised, growing up in the 80s and 90s, I couldn't ask for a book that gave me more nostalgic feels than "The Mall"!

I went to Sam Goody, I worked at the Garden State Plaza, and I dreamed of getting out of my small "village" after high school. I literally worked at Bath and Body Works! Spraying cucumber melon on strangers was my jam! Obviously, I related to Cassie on so many levels., including the heartbreaking first love breakup.
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Mercedes
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much. No, it's not the latest literary masterpiece, nor did reading it make me any more intelligent, but it's just a really good story that takes place in a really nostalgic place for me....the mall.

I was born in 1980, so my entire teen years took place in the 1990's. From 1993 when I turned 13 to 1999 when I turned 19.

I spent an ENORMOUS amount of time at our local mall in Southeastern Connecticut...The Crystal Mall. I even worked there briefly at, I'm sorry to say, Sears
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Erin
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fun and fizzy love letter to the late ‘80s/early ‘90s. Set in a New Jersey shopping mall in the summer of 1991, where Cassie is set to enjoy three months of working at the food court with her high school boyfriend, before they both head for college in NYC. They’ve got their whole future planned. Until he breaks up with her on her first day.

Cassie suddenly has to scramble for a new job and new friends. In the insular world of the mall, there are rumors about everything from who’s hooking up,
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Rachel Mans Mckenny
Fun, and a great flashback to the very early 90s, THE MALL introduces readers to Cassie, a recent high school grad on the verge of a new life but still stuck in her old one. After a break up with her boyfriend, Cassie needs a new job and new outlook, and in finding both (at the mall, of course), she reignites a long-lost friendship.

This book has a lot of great things: a mystery, humor, and of course all of the 90's-era trappings which are so fun to remember. Unfortunately, I didn't find many of
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Lala
Jan 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Arc provided from NetGalley. Cassie has just graduated from high school and is ready to go to college after working at the mall for the summer. She is planning to have the perfect summer with her boyfriend but when her plans go wrong she learns there is more to life than best made plans. I enjoyed The Mall but not much really happened in the plot. The book is set in 1991 so there are a lot of early 90s references. Overall a 3 star read.
Erin
Yay! I won an ARC of The Mall by Megan McCafferty in a Goodreads giveaway (Thank you, St. Martin's Press!) :D It looks like a really fun read and I can't wait to be carried back in time so I can wallow in feelings of nostalgia for the 1990s. Bring on the scrunchies, mix-tapes, and Beverly Hills 90210!
Whitney Bailey
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book takes place in the 90s when the mall was at its peak. It follows Casdie and he life at the mall the summer before she starts college.
I loved this book. It was definitely a page turner. The characters were well written and relatable.
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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 more 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 ...more
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“No ride. So I couldn’t go home. No plan. No boyfriend. No job.” 0 likes
“In six weeks, I’d be packing up all my stuff and getting the hell out of Pineville. But until then, my life at The Mall would really, really suck.” 0 likes
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