Monday, 23 June 2014

Diary of A Mall Girl by Luisa Plaja (Young Adult, 8/10E)

March 2013, Curious Fox, 272 pages, Paperback, Review copy

Themes: friendships, new friends, not so good friends, secrets, mysteries, family drama,
Content: teen romance, some laughs

Summary from Curious Fox
Fifteen-year-old Molly actually lives in the residential wing of her local mall, and mysterious twins Jewel and Jasper have just moved into the flat upstairs. As Molly grows closer to them, she becomes more determined than ever to find out their secret – and so do her other friends. Will their prying spoil Molly’s chances of happiness?

Nayuleska's thoughts 
Molly's life living in a mall is crazy! Her status with her friends bounces back and forth. Before the end happened I was giving the book a higher grade, because the teen angst was rather ffunny, and Molly was learning how to be a true friend the hard way. Yes, she made mistakes but that's part of life. I was so happy when she decided to ignore her so-called friends because I didn't like how they acted with Molly and didn't trust them at all. Which is why despite knowing Luisa online *waves hi* this read gets a lower grade because I think Molly is making a huge mistake regarding some of her friends at the end of the book. True friends don't act like they did.

As ever, the romance side of the story wasn't why I read it-I was intrigued by Molly living in a mall. It's as cool as it sounds! At least I think so. She is relatively safe because security keep an eye on her. Although it's amazing Jamie doesn't spy on her because he gets all protective about her which was really sweet to watch. Molly's new friend Jewel has secrects coming out of her ears-thise truths were something I hadn't seen coming. They did change Molly's life a little too, or a lot, depending how you look at what happened. I was intrigued by having fish used in a beauty treatment for Molly's feet, but I could live without a glass lift!

Find out more on Luisa's website.

Suggested read
For another girl with an unusual home check out Million Dollar Mates: Catwalk Queen by Cathy Hopkins (11 years +, 10/10E)

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