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3.61  ·  Rating details ·  2,226 ratings  ·  801 reviews

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 fulfil

Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published July 28th 2020 by Wednesday Books
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Nilufer Ozmekik
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
Irena BookDustMagic
To me, The Mall was a pure delight.
I enjoyed every single page and had a blast the whole time while reading it.

What attracted me the most was Megan McCafferty's writing style.
Her words pulled me in and didn't let go, they enchanted me with the fun and I managed to finish this book in only 4 days.
4 days!!
Yes, I know, it doesn't sound like an accomplishment, but keep in mind I have 5 months old baby, and it takes me 10+ days to finish a book these days (let's hope this is a new normal now, because
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
What a weird book this was. If you've been following my reviews for a long time, you may recall that the Jessica Darling series by Megan McCafferty is the book series that I credit to sparking my love for reading way back in the day. With that being said, this book obviously had some big shoes to fill and unfortunately, it really just.. didn't. I can't say that this book was necessarily bad, but it truly just felt kind of pointless and even a little bit cringey. It is set in the 90s and follows ...more
Dec 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers who need to satisfy their 90s mall nostalgia
Shelves: 2019, 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.

Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ehh I really wanted to love this but sadly didn’t.
Giveaway win!

Spring Into Reading A Thon: Book with Pink or Yellow on cover

The 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
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
This book is fast paced and a fun read. I remember when the mall used to be the hangout place for my friends and I on most weekends. I knew some friends worked at Express and Aldo. They were always looking sophisticated and well dressed. I didn't know that there were other jobs at the mall for introverts until reading this book. Cassie was book smart and she worked in finance for a boutique. If I knew this, I could have had the entire mall experience! This story of the mall had a treasure hunt s ...more
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Mall by Megan McCafferty is a young adult contemporary book that is full of nostalgia. This coming of age tale is set in 1991 and full of reminders of that era including the fact that malls were the teen place to be all over America.

Cassie Worthy is a recent high school graduate that thought she had her life perfectly planned out. However, just as Cassie graduated she came down with what her doctor called the worst case of mono he’d ever seen and Cassie ended up in bed recovering for six wee
Larry H
Aug 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog-tour
3.5 stars.

Nothing like a nostalgic trip back to the mall, with Megan McCafferty's new novel, The Mall !!

How’s this for an opening line? “Less than five minutes into my triumphant return to the mall, I was targeted for assassination by a rabid spritzer from Bath & Body Works.” (How many times have you unwittingly gotten sprayed by a perfume- or cologne-wielding ninja?)

It’s 1991. Cassie has her summer planned: she and her boyfriend are going to work at America’s Best Cookie, and then they’re go
MissBecka Gee
I had a blast getting trapped in 1991 with Cassie and Drea!
Fantastic characters in a cute story with so much nostalgia (both good & bad lol).
Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for my DRC.

"The chlorinated waters of the Wishing Well ran black with mascara today."
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 c ...more
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Short but fun YA novel set in the ‘90s. I highly enjoyed the trip down memory lane! The teens reminded me of how important your friends are during such tumultuous times - and then how unimportant their opinions of you are, mere days later.

*Thanks to NetGalley and publishers for the advanced reader’s copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Nov 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Yna the Mood Reader
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
"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 go
Schizanthus Nerd
Cassie has her life all planned out. The plan consists of a summer job in the mall with her boyfriend of two years, followed by moving to New York together to attend colleges across the road from one another. The plan did not include her getting mono, missing prom and graduation, her boyfriend breaking up with her or losing her job.

Taking place almost exclusively within the mall during the summer of 1991, there are plenty of 90’s references, from 90210 to Nirvana, from big hair to lycra. This wa
Thank you to Netgalley and Wednesday Books for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

While this book certainly had a promising premise and interesting character development, it simply didn't work for me.

Meet Cassie Worthy. She's just recovered from mono and is ready to start summer the year before college, with her boyfriend, Troy. Until, he dumps her, along with their "plan". Cassie gets a job at Bellarosa Boutique, where she makes friends and new adventures, while being the bes
Sara (A Gingerly Review)

This was cheesy, over the top, and absolutely where I parked my car. I loved every Aqua Net moment of this.

Sarah Swann
Jun 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Trina (Between Chapters)
This was 90s nostalgia heaven and the main friendship was enjoyable enough that I never wanted to DNF. But I find McCafferty's particular brand of slut shaming humor too cringeworthy. I picked this up because of the 90s setting and to see if the aforementioned humor has improved since the Jess Darling series, but sadly I don't think it's going anywhere, no matter what decade she writes about. ...more
Lisa Leone-campbell
This quite clever young adult novel is set in a mall during the 1990’s when hair was big, makeup was blue eyeshadow, cassettes the only way to listen to music and a jean jacket a must. It’s when the real Beverly Hills 90210 was a hit.

Cassie and her boyfriend Troy who have been together for years and have a life plan for themselves get ready to begin phase two of the so called plan (college). They will spend their last summer together working as planned at the mall at the America’s Best Cookie st
Latanya (Crafty Scribbles)
1991. Sophomore 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
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is so good
I cried
I laughed so hard i cried again
This book is amazing
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Quick Take*

The mall. First love. First jobs. Cabbage Patch Kids. Cassette tapes. 90s fashion. 90210. Video games. This was a fun nostalgic story. This is Cassie’s last summer home before going off to college. She has everything planned that is until her boyfriend breaks up with her. Now she is lost... fortunately an old friends mom steps in to help her out. This leads to a rekindled friendship and an epic treasure hunt. A story about learning that sometimes the best parts of life aren’t planne
I really liked that one. It was a fast-paced story of a teenager whose summer is going is NOT going like she planned... She tries to feel good about it, having everything planned for her entire life... but it is not going well at all.

I was 8 years old in 1991, but I do remember a lot of things that were mentioned in the book. It was fun to read about them and remember them all over again. It feels so long ago... (I am totally nostalgic right now)

I really loved the humour touches. It made me snor
First of all, apologies to anyone who's upset by hearing that historical fiction is set in the 90s now. Second of all, I read this all in one setting and had a lot of fun with it. Yes, I do think it's something that millennials will enjoy for the nostalgia, but I do think a lot of today's teens are interested in the 90s and will be able to get most of these references. And I think the core story, about a high school overachiever overcoming her snobbishness about fashion and her "not like other g ...more
Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
See my blog post for more information! Thanks to St. Martin's Press for including me in the blog tour!


It's 1991, and Cassie is excited to work the summer at the Parkway Center Mall with her boyfriend, Troy. In just a few short months, they'll be off to college together in New York City. Everything is going according to plan, but on her first day at America's Best Cookie, she discovers that Troy has a new girlfriend with a homicidal streak. Heartbroken and jobless, she finds work at Bellarosa
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
If you're looking for a fun, fast-paced hit of nostalgia, look no further. The Mall is a look at teen life highs and lows through the epicenter of teenage culture - the mall.

Cassie Worthy is fresh off a not-so-great bout of mono and is excited to start the summer before college off by working together with her boyfriend of two years at the local mall. But plans shift unexpectedly and Cassie finds herself working alongside a former best friend and crushing on the music store's rebel cashier. Wit
Daniella (Reading With Daniella)
Click here to see this review and others on my blog Reading With Daniella

3.5 of 5 stars

Thank you so much to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing me with an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Mall is a quick and lively coming-of-age tale set at a shopping mall in the ‘90s. It’s unique, fun, and sure to put a smile on your face!

I really, really loved the setting of this story. The choice to keep the entirety of this novel set in the shopping mall was a really unique d
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 it more for Gen X/Millennials? Yes. But teens love the 90s, and this is a full-on 90s romp.

Voice is funny and snarky.
Stephanie ((Strazzybooks))
***edit for this being out now - READ IT! Such a great summer read.***

I was happy to get my hands on the author’s new book as I loved her Jessica Darling series when I was younger.

The Mall did not disappoint - I had a lot of fun reading this book. It was fun to get lost in the nostalgia of an early 1990s mall, especially in this strange time in our current world. The micro-world of the mall brought me back to hanging out at the mall on Friday nights as a middle-schooler and then working at Star
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Megan McCafferty writes fiction for tweens, teens and teens-at-heart of all ages. The author of twelve novels, she’s best known for SLOPPY FIRSTS and four more sequels in the New York Times bestselling Jessica Darling series--available throughout 2021 in updated 20th anniversary editions. She published two new books in 2020: TRUE TO YOUR SELFIE (MG, Scholastic) and THE MALL (YA, Wednesday Books). ...more

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