Review of The Mall by Megan McCafferty

Posted June 6, 2020 by Kaity in Book Review, Reviews / 1 Comment

Happy Saturday and welcome to my review of one of the most tubular books out there! (side note: I have no idea if I used tubular right or not) This book is truly amazing and I’m so so excited to share my review with you today, plus more info about the book and author! And now without any further ado, today’s post is all about…

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review of The Mall by Megan McCaffertyThe Mall by Megan McCafferty
Published on June 9, 2020 by Wednesday Books
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Historical Fiction
Pages: 320
Format: ARC
Source: the Publisher
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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 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.

Sometimes I don’t have a whole lot to say about books, so I’ve created Rapid Fire Reviews as a quick and fun way to get my opinion out without repeating myself and boring you! Here we go!


no. BUT I LOVED IT! (sorry I had to go for the cheap 90s joke)




Probably. After I reread the Jess Darling books though!


fun, treasure hunt, pure 90s


I loved the Bethany Darling cameo!!!

LOOK AT THIS COVER!!!! See how PERFECTLY 90s it is??? It’s wonderful, and neon, and bright, and I absolutely LOVE IT!!!!

10/10 stars!!!

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Megan McCafferty has written about adolescence for two decades. She has two new books in 2020: TRUE TO YOUR SELFIE (MG, Scholastic) and THE MALL (YA, Wednesday Books). The author of twelve novels, she is best known for the original Jessica Darling series which was described by the Wall Street Journal as “Judy Blume meets Dorothy Parker.” SLOPPY FIRSTS (2001), was ALA Top 10 Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, an ALA Popular Paperback, and a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age. Its sequel, SECOND HELPINGS (2003) was also selected to the NYPL list, and was a Booklist Editor’s Pick for one of the best novels of the year. CHARMED THIRDS (2006)  FOURTH COMINGS (2007) and PERFECT FIFTHS (2009) were instant New York Times and USA Today bestsellers. In March 2018, Megan’s stage adaption of SLOPPY FIRSTS premiered at Round House Theater.

In 2013, she launched a series of middle-grade prequels. The first book inspired  JESSICA DARLING’S IT LIST, starring Chloe East, co-produced by Debby Ryan and featured on Netflix. She also wrote the futuristic satires BUMPED and THUMPED, described in Publisher’s Weekly as “sharply funny and provocative” and edited the anthology SIXTEEN: Stories About That Sweet and Bitter Birthday (2004). She has contributed to several fiction and nonfiction anthologies including Dear Bully (2011),  My Little Red Book (2009), Does This Book Make Me Look Fat? (2008) and Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned From Judy Blume (2007). Before she was a novelist she wrote and edited for Glamour, Seventeen, Cosmopolitan among many other national magazines. Her work has been translated into fourteen languages including German, French, Japanese, Chinese, Turkish and Hungarian.

Megan lives with her husband and son in Princeton, New Jersey where she volunteers for Good Grief and is also a Princeton University Community Fellow for Mathey College. For more, follow her on Twitter though she vows to quit every day or like her on Facebook which she also doesn’t like very much. You can also write her an email: megan@meganmccafferty.com. Representation: Heather Schroder, Compass Talent, hschroder@compassliterary.net

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Have you read this wonderful, tubular book yet? Do you love it as much as I do? Let me know in the comments and have a splendiferous day!

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