¡Hola, mi gente! Recently I got approved for an arc I was so excited about and it did not disappoint. That book is The Mall by Megan Cafferty—which you probably know because of the title—a contemporary about what happens when things don’t go as planned.
What is it about? The Mall is about Cassie Worthy a girl who has it all figured it. She is going to work at the mall with her boyfriend, move to New York City, study close to her boyfriend, and have a happy ending. But like I mentioned before things don’t go exactly as planned.
But that isn’t exactly a bad thing or is it? This story follows as she makes new friends, discovers a world outside of her plans, goes on a scavenger hunt, and get herself into all kind of messes.
This book was a lot of fun. I loved following her crazy adventures and trying to get herself out of the messes that seem to follow her. I love following her as she makes new friends in unlikely places and goes on the scavenger hunt. She definitely grows as a person and comes into discovering who she truly is. I was hooked and read 80% of the book in a sitting only stopping because I was sleepy.
But there are some things that I didn’t like and that stopped me from giving it five stars. Even though it was fun following her crazy summer there are some things that I didn’t like. One thing is that she thought she was better than everyone else. She saw everyone else especially those without a college education or those that seem that they’ll work at the mall the rest of their life as inferior. This also means that she thought she was too good for her job. She was grateful for it but she always saw it as something beneath her. She felt she was too good for it. She would also go off on everyone whenever she was feeling sad or mad not caring about how the other felt.
This made her pretty unlikeable which I normally don’t mind except she then does something that is a pet peeve of mine, she treats her parents like crap. She avoids them, disrespects them, questions them, and even insults them. Her parents are nothing but nice to her yet she doesn’t have an ounce of respect for them.
Another thing that annoys me is that the synopsis promises us all these 90s vibes but we barely get that. The only hint of this is her mentioning certain bands. I was expecting to feel like I was in the 90s but even the clothes she would mention she states are more 70s and 80s than 90s. I just want the 90s story we were promised.
Do I recommend this book? YES! If you’re looking for a fun contemporary look no further.
It comes out on June 9th, 2020. So in a while but I promise it’s worth the wait. So add it on your 2020 releases shelf on Goodreads, preorder it or ask your library for it. Just read this book if you’re looking for a fun time.
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A big thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this arc.