It's a Mall World After All

 
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It's a Mall World After All
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12+
Release Date
October 03, 2006
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080278853X
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It's too bad they don't give out diplomas for what you learn at the mall, because I could graduate with honors in that subject. No really. Since I've worked there, I've become an expert on all things shopping-related. For example, I can tell you right off who to distrust at the mall:

1) Skinny people who work at Cinnabon. I mean, if they're not eating the stuff they sell, how good can it be?

2) The salesladies at department store makeup counters. No matter what they tell you, buying all that lip gloss will not make you look like the pouty models in the store posters.

3) And most importantly--my best friend's boyfriend, Bryant, who showed up at the food court with a mysterious blonde draped on his arm.

Yeah, I saw it, and yeah, I told my best friend all about it.

You would think this would mean trouble for Bryant, but you would basically be wrong. Somehow, the evil boyfriend turned everything around, and now I'm the one who has to prove myself! But I will. Even if Bryant--and more importantly his best friend, Colton--keep trying to stop me.

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Light and Funny
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Charlotte works at the mall spraying unsuspecting customers with perfume. One day as she is busily distributing fragrance, she sees something appalling: her best friend's boyfriend, Bryant, flirting heavily with another girl. She also encounters a little boy shoplifting a pair of shoes for his mother. Now Charlotte has two quests: to save her best friend from her player of a boyfriend and to help the poor kids in town to have a good Christmas. Of course, her path is complicated by her yearning for Bryant's best friend, hunky Colton.

The author has a great voice, and this book covers a whole range of funny from Charlotte's frequent hilarious asides to slapstick scenes where she splatters a crowd with fruit, eats a centerpiece, or shoves her crush into a swimming pool.

Charlotte is an endearing character; her concern for the welfare of the lower-income children is particularly sweet. IT'S A MALL WORLD AFTER ALL won't amaze you with plot twists but it is a thoroughly enjoyable light romantic comedy
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Very enjoyable and funny
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Reader reviewed by Amy

Janette Rallison really has a great sense of humor and the readers really can relate to the main character Charlotte. She knows her best friend's boyfriend Bryant is cheating on Brianna but know one will believe her including her best friend Brianna. Plus, people at her high school think she's bitter and has a chip off her back because of what Bryant and his friends did to her in middle school. Will Charlotte choose justice or friendship? Read and find out. I enjoyed this book a lot and it really made me laugh. (:
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The most awesome book ever in history and relates to me
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Reader reviewed by kennedy

This book is an awesome book. It relates to me, the only thing different is my hair and eyes are dark brown. I think this was the best book I ever read probably because I can relate. I am even having my friends read it so they can see how it relates to me and so I can talk about it all the time. I gave it 5 stars just because it does not go higher if it did I would reach the highest number. Please right a number 2 because it left me hanging. For all I care right 100000 books I would read them all. I love your books please write back. Your number one fan.

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Loves, laughs and friendships
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Reader reviewed by librariane

Charlotte has a job as perfume salesperson at one of the big department stores in the local mall. As she spends her shift spraying people, she thinks about how she could write a dissertation about life based on what you can learn at the mall. One day her musings are interrupted by her best friend's boyfriend--she spots Bryant across the way flirting with a girl from the prep school, and she suddenly is determined to get proof of his cheating. Unfortunately for her, Charlotte's escapades only prove to get herself in trouble, and she finds herself spending quite a bit of time with Colton, Bryant's best friend. Her feelings are mixed and the results are humorous.

This is a quick read and is a nice blend of realistic fiction with humor with a little unreality (how many school dances are punctuated with fire?). Charlotte is a great character, and her development is relatively realistic. I enjoyed that she was a strong female, that she had a tough time in junior high and her vacillating about her feelings for Colton. Rallison's writing also is a breath of fresh air for normally angst-ridden teen novels--the language didn't feel forced and I enjoyed the higher level of banter and though processes of the teens.
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