I’m back today with another book review! This one brought up such a sense of nostalgia – it was pretty fun to read. I’ll be reviewing The Mall by Megan McCafferty.
This book is available for purchase now!
*Disclaimer : I received a copy of this ebook for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Below you’ll find the description of the book provided by NetGalley, followed by my personal review and star rating.
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.
Saying that this book was a blast from the past is certainly an understatement – no lie, my extended family used to spend pretty much every Friday night wandering one of the 2 malls in our area and having dinner at a bunch of tables crammed together.
Then when I got old enough it was a place to hang out with my friends. And in high school we even skipped school sometimes to drive an hour to a suburb of Chicago to spend our day at the very much more upscale mall there. Seems like a million years ago. Sigh.
Anyways, that’s not why you’re here, is it? But that was kind of my point – taking place in the 90’s, I was transported right back there when I was reading this book. Okay, so none of this stuff actually applied to my life in any way shape or form, I can still feel that same sense of feeling like I could buy anything I wanted just by walking a few hundred feet in different directions.
Now I have Amazon for that, thank you very much so I don’t even need to leave my house. 😅
Back to my review – we meet Cassie and her boyfriend Troy. And when I tell you that they’ve got their entire lives figured out – I mean it in every sense of the word.
But an unexpected illness, and Troy being a scumbag lead Cassie to desperately search for a new job at the mall ASAP so she doesn’t need to let her parents know of her current plight.
Enter Drea – former best friend turned frenemy. Her mom owns an upscale boutique and Drea is the model saleswoman. And seeing how desperate Cassie is they take her under their wings and provide her with a job.
As Cassie realizes that she’s leaving soon so this is all temporary, she starts learn that it might not be so easy to pack up and leave after all. Her parents drop a bombshell that shakes her, and she winds up in a treasure hunt that goes back decades…involving Cabbage Patch Kids. (Omgosh, I totally just remembered their very distinct scent, and I swear I can actually smell it. Anybody else remember their first CPK?)
This book was fun and literally brought me out of the depressing times that are today and transported me right to the mall in the 90’s. I’m ready for my scrunchie and leg warmers now, please. 😂
I’d recommend this book if you’re looking for a fun and light read, and are seeking a little escape in your day.