Monday, July 27, 2020

Book Review and GIVEAWAY: The Mall, by Megan McCafferty {ends 8/3}

Guest review by: Becki Bayley

I strutted all the way to Sam Goody.

And I kept right on strutting up and down the aisles until I finally found him crouched in front of the magazine rack. When I gently tapped him on the shoulder, he sprang backward in a scrambled panic.

“Whew!” he said. “I thought you were my boss.”

“Nope,” I said. “It’s me.”

He nodded approvingly at the image of the soldier on my chest.

“Meat is Murder.”

This was arguably The Smiths’ most iconic album cover. It had been proven that Sam Goody was paying attention to my t-shirts. So I had started paying even more attention to my t-shirts. But I couldn’t let him know that. Instead, I pinched the collar and made a bored face like, Oh, this old thing?

This book was definitely based on nostalgia. If you were ever a mall-rat in the early 1990s, prepare for some serious flashbacks.

Official synopsis:
Book Review and GIVEAWAY: The Mall, by Megan McCafferty {ends 8/3}
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.

All the memories this book dredged up made it a delightful walk down memory lane. Adding in a little mystery to solve just gave it that much more to enjoy. The main character definitely felt relatable as a girl just finishing high school. She had a plan, but spending the spring laid up with mono had required her skipping a few memorable landmarks previously planned out with her boyfriend and partner in her long-term plan. Unfortunately, while she rested at home, he went on with life and youthful adventures. When she tried to step back in where she’d left off, a few details had changed and she was left scrambling for what to do in her last summer of childhood.

Cabbage Patch Kids? Sam Goody? Hanging at the mall? Yes, please! While it may not be as relatable as online shopping has taken over, anyone who remembers the mall—especially around 1990—will be amused by the references in this story. Overall, I’d give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

{click here to purchase - only $9.99 for Kindle!}

Becki Bayley dreams of the simplicity of working at the mall during high school. She’s always happy to stroll down memory lane and be grateful that the internet didn’t broadcast these memories for everyone to see. She shares now at


One of my lucky readers will win a copy of The Mall!

Enter via the widget below. Giveaway will end on Monday, August 3rd, at 11:59pm EST, and winner will be notified via email the next day and have 24 hours to respond, or an alternate winner will be chosen.

U.S. residents only, please.

Good luck!

The Mall, by Megan McCafferty


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