REVIEW: Diary of a Mall Girl by Luisa Plaja

16 August 2013

Publisher: Curious Fox
Published: March 15th 2013
Book: For Review*
Pages: 269 approx.
Format: Paperback, Finished Copy
Genre: Young Adult (YA), Contemporary, Chick Lit
Diary of a Mall Girl was the first book i've read of Luisa Plaja's and i surprised myself by enjoying it quite a bit considering i hardly read chick-lit at all.. It was a nice break to read something light and not too intense. Which i have been doing a lot recently!
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.
Diary of a Mall Girl was the first book i've read of Luisa Plaja's and i surprised myself by enjoying it quite a bit considering i hardly read chick-lit at all.. It was a nice break to read something light and not too intense. Which i have been doing a lot recently!
I really enjoyed Molly's character, she was awkward and so not cool: being kind of a klutz - so thankfully i could relate quite a bit! I had one slight issue at the beginning to do with her age as i thought, wrongly, that she was younger than i thought her to be. The reason being, she sounded a little immature when she wrote about all her ''problems''  in her entries and i automatically assumed she wasn't a teenager, or just barely so, so when i found out she was my age i was kind of stumped!
I also found her a little....naive. Her supposed ''best friends'' were AWFUL. I couldn't imagine ever being friends with them at all as they dumped her whenever they felt like it but when everything was 'ok', they just let her back in and Molly just accepted it...
I can't imagine living in a shopping center but i thought Molly described the potential ups and downs of living in one quite well. The bonus of not having to go far to shop. But the problem of having so many people literally outside of your doorstep, being labelled as a 'Mall Girl' which may not seem all its cracked up to be, and having nearly everyone you know hanging around outside your 'house' practically every day. I personally would love to live in a shopping center. Just to try it out. But i wouldn't want to live there forever!
Most books have a theme to them and this one was one i particularity enjoyed. It was all about self-discovery and it was quite amusing to have an insight into Molly's life as she works her way around living life as a teenager, and juggling all the other problems that inevitable come in her way.
 Quote Love:
"Friends are great, but they're also weird. I'm not completely convinced that you choose them any more than you choose your family. You just deal with what you've got."
The Word:
It was such a light, funny book and i loved that i could just sit back and relax and not take anything too seriously. It was a great way for me to just enjoy what i read, and have a break from the intense, traumatic (!!) dystopians that fill my book shelf.  Its a perfect read for teenage girls in need of some entertainment on a rainy day who don't want to have a too elaborate a book on their hands.
*Thank you to Curious Fox for sending me this book free of charge. This in no way affected my review.


  1. I assumed exactly the same when it came to Molly's age! I thought she was 11 - with her "so not BFF's." The narration seemed a little young for me...

    I rated this one 3.5, as it was just something, like you said, you could relax with. Although, I found it quite suspenseful when it came to the twins. I think that's where it picked up the stars! And yes, dystopias are traumatic! *hands tissue*

    See you,

  2. Glad you enjoyed this book! I loved it too! It was brilliant :) Erika @ The Red Bookmark

  3. I haven't read anything by Luisa Plaja before either!! I really should, though, shouldn't I?! This does seem like a light, fun read - perfect for relaxing with :) But, yeah, I have heard that the characters seemed quite childish and immature... so then again, I'm not sure if I'd particularly like this one...

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts anyway, Hawwa - it's so nice to be reading your reviews again!! :D

  4. "Fluffy" is definitely a word I would use to describe this book. It is such a cute read, perfect for relaxing :') I can see why the naïve character would be annoying. I read this when I was 12 so I didn't really see that... and I didn't know what age Molly was :S

    I DEFINITELY recommend Split By A Kiss! Or Kiss, Date, Love, Hate... or Extreme Kissing... Any of Luisa's books really ;) Swapped By A Kiss is my favourite but it is the sequel to SpBAK.

    Grrrreat review, Hawwa, my amazing book-y friend :P

  5. Everyone has really enjoyed all of Luisa's books and this seems no different. I love the cover and this one I've been wanting for a while now. It would be cool living so close to the shops but so weird having people constantly at you doorstep. Everyone who has read it that I've talked to also found her to act younger then her age. Glad you overall enjoyed this as I personally love a bit of a chick-lit. Great Review :)

    - Sunny @ A Sunny Spot Blog

  6. Great review Hawwa and this definitely does seem "fluffy"! I prefer books that are more gritty though haha so I didn't request this one. :) It's nice to see you enjoyed this considering you hardly read chick-lit at all. :D

    This novel does look fun, but definitely not "my thing"! I can never understand why most book characters are completely oblivious to how horrible their friends are.

    ANYWHO, amazing review Hawwa (like always)! :D


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