The Mall by Megan McCafferty

Release Date - July 28, 2020

The Mall is a bit of a step back in time. It takes place in 1991, which is when I would have been getting married. In the few years before that, I spent hours with friends in the mall. We would bounce from the mall's two record stores, the arcade, the Ben and Jerry's scoop shop, Papa Ginos, and clothing retailers like Benneton or Nuevo Wavo. Malls are not what they were back then.

Cassie Worthy is back in action after weeks of mono knocking her down. Her reunion with her boyfriend goes horribly wrong when she's attacked by her boyfriends's new girlfriend. Worse, she's being fired because the new couple cannot bear to think of her working with them, too.

Crushed, she goes into Sam Goody's where a store clerk treats her horribly. She ends up bumping into an old friend's mom. She's offered a job in their family's upscale clothing shop. It's better than being unemployed shortly before college begins, so Cassie takes it. She has no idea that this job and working with her former best friend may take her on the adventure of a lifetime.

The Mall was a delight. I loved reminiscing about my own malls. Like Cassie, I adored the more alternative artists like 10,000 Maniacs, The Cure, Echo and the Bunnymen, etc. I do not miss the backstabbing and gossip that came with high school. I felt bad as she dealt with it all. It's something no one misses when they leave high school.

Today's teens may not quite get the atmosphere and excitement malls back then offered. It doesn't matter though. The story and writing are engaging, and it's hard not to root for Cassie as she tackles her post-high school life.


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