Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★
Thanks to NetGalley and Wednesday Books for providing an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Cassie has her life planned out. She has the perfect summer job at the Mall to spring into her happily ever after with her boyfriend Troy, but then it all falls apart. She finds out that while she was sick with the worst case of mono, Troy met Helen and now she’s single and out of a job.
Out of luck and hitting rock bottom, after the guy at Sam Goody mocked her music choices, Cassie finds herself working with an unlikely friend and searching for the mysterious treasure of the Parkway Center Mall. An ode to being a teenager in the 90’s with themes that any young adult can appreciate, from falling in love and finding yourself. The Mall is the quintessential summer read.
I really enjoyed how this was part Goonies and part 90210 in the ways of drama. I wasn’t really in for a treasure hunt, but I was so here for it when it got started. Cassie and her friend Drea are a hilarious and unlikely duo.
What struck me was the atmosphere. I wasn’t a teenager in the 90’s, but I was kinda close. There was a completely different vibe from the mall in the mid-late 90’s that kind of fell off in the early 00’s and it feels like every teen sitcom pushed the youth of America towards the mall as a slice of independence. That was where you hung out.
If you’re looking to relive the glory of the early 90’s or just learn about it. I can’t imagine a better way than to go to The Mall with Megan McCafferty.