29 August 2013

Review - Diary Of A Mall Girl by Luisa Plaja

Author: Luisa Plaja
Publisher: Curious Fox 
Published: March 15th 2013
Pages: 269 approx.
Source: For review*
Genre: Chick Lit, Contemporary, YA

The mall is the heart of the fifteen-year-old Molly's suburban town. Most teens hang around with friends there, get their first job there, and experience their first kiss there. And Molly? She actually lives there, in the complex's residential wing, where she navigates the dramas of teenage life, falling out with her friends and falling for the dark, mysterious boy-next-door.

But is living in a massive shopping centre as much fun as it sounds? Well, yes... and no. Find out the whole truth in Molly's private diary!

This was my third read by Luisa Plaja so I knew what to expect as far as writing style and character building - effortless, easy-to-read writing and well-developed characters - and I'm very happy to say that those expectations were met. Diary Of A Mall Girl was a fun, light read and a lovely break from the slightly heavier books I normally read. I sped through it and had a great time reading about the disaster that was Molly's life. :P The plot was simple yet effective as it was basically a diary written by a very dramatic teenager. We got to hear about the mortifying situations Molly was always getting herself into and how she was convinced that her life was over. We've all been there so reading about Molly's thoughts, feelings and actions was hilarious and pretty relatable. 

Molly was a wonderful mixture of scatty, infuriating, hilarious and lovable. She is 15 in the book yet her melodramatic nature made her seem much younger. The things she wrote in her diary are probably things we have all thought at some point, suggesting that we're all pretty immature and naive deep down. I initially thought she was 12 when I started reading so hearing that she was only a year younger than me was surprising! I didn't mind her immaturity at all though; it added to the book. ^_^ My favourite character was (one of) Molly's love interests: Jaspar. He was mysterious and very awkward in most situations making him endearing and completely lovable. The other characters were all quite irritating mainly because they were all so terrible to Molly! Her 'best friends' were horrible and incredibly immature, and her 'crush', Liam, kept mucking her about. I think the other people in Molly's life really added to the drama though, making the book even funnier, so I won't complain. :P 

Despite the little parts that annoyed me as I read, Diary Of A Mall Girl was a very enjoyable book and was written brilliantly (as always). I would recommend it to slightly younger readers, maybe about 11 - 14 year olds, as I think I was a little too old to fully enjoy it. It's a great book of you want a break from heavier novels and was a joy to read. ^_^ I'll give it 3.5 out of 5

Thank you Curious Fox for very kindly giving me this book to review! My review is 100% honest and my opinions were in no way affected. 

Lots of love, Cat

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