It's a Mall World After All

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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, ...
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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Jane Chen
This book is predictable. The plot seems obvious and lacks surprises. The characters seem overused in teen-girl literature-the smart, pretty girl outwardly hates but internally loves the smart, popular, handsome boy who also secretly loves her. The ending is obvious before reading the second page. But the writing was fluid, and it was not a bad book to read. I would recommend this book to girls who like this genre.
VOYA - Ava Donaldson
This novel is full of clichTs and a predictable story line. Despite its fluffy and unrealistic plot, there are a couple of believable and likeable characters, but even they seem to follow all the trends and rules of a uniform "girl-meets-boy" story. Better written than most in its genre, this book still has nothing new to offer, is filled with impractical social boundaries, but is overall a fun if not unsurprising read.
VOYA - Cindy Faughnan
Honor student Charlotte's job in the mall as a perfume spritzer earns her money, but it also involves her with a small boy who attempts to shoplift shoes for his mother and enables her to discover that her best friend's boyfriend, Bryant, is dating another girl. She tries to convince the National Honor Society members to do a community service project for Christmas for the children of St. Matthew's Elementary School and attends a high-society party, trying to catch Bryant with the other girl. When she becomes interested in Bryant's best friend, who is also a member of her study group, she has to end her refusal to date boys from her own high school. Charlotte's buying a pair of $70 shoes for Reese, the little boy trying to steal them, is a bit unbelievable, but Charlotte's intentions are good and her willingness to work for the underdogs is evident in her actions. Funny situations abound, such as Charlotte eating the centerpiece at a party, inadvertently telling Reese to throw soda on Bryant, and setting the decorations at the winter dance on fire. As in other books of this type, Charlotte's quest to gain the perfect boyfriend is filled with humor, misunderstandings, and finally success. Although the book is predictable, the writing is readable, and it is nice to have a regular, smart teen with a regular family as the main character. The cover might not entice readers, but girls who like this type of book will find it quite satisfying.
Children's Literature - Rihoko Ueno
Charlotte is a smart, pretty high school student who learns more from her time at the mall than her time at school. She loves her part-time job as a perfume spritzer—until she catches sight of her best friend Brianna's boyfriend flirting with another girl. When Charlotte tells Brianna what happened, nobody believes her. The incident sets events in motion as Charlotte learns to negotiate the shifting allegiances and teenage crushes of high school. Later Charlotte's generosity proves as problematic as her honesty when she takes on more than she can handle by helping a child in need. At this point the story falls into caricatures of the rich and the vaguely described struggles of the poor without ever creating a convincing portrait of Charlotte's altruism. The book reads like a future Lindsey Lohan movie. It arrives just in time for the holiday season, with a subplot about Christmas-giving thrown into a plot largely about a girl stumbling towards love.
School Library Journal
Gr 6-10-By people-watching at the mall, Charlotte learns who is on the prowl, who is depressed, and that her best friend's boyfriend is cheating. When she tells Brianna that Bryant was with another girl, she is accused of trying to split them up. Each of her attempts to catch him in the act is foiled by the handsome wrestler, Colton. Her clumsy antics don't help as she draws attention to herself by setting a table on fire, splattering fruit trays all over a room of society teens, and pushing Colton into a pool. To add to the predicament, Colton promises to use his father's financial resources to take Christmas presents to a group of underprivileged children if Charlotte will stop stalking his friend. Charlotte is deftly characterized, and her personality and history organically emerge. The same cannot be said for the other teens. The rich kids are stereotypical, Bryant is a cad, and Brianna is a damsel in distress. Although it is obvious from the beginning that Charlotte and Colton will end up together, it is hard to become invested in their budding relationship. What is compelling is Charlotte's desire to help the little boy she catches stealing shoes. That story, rather than the protagonist's relentless pursuit to catch Bryant, is the one that drives this novel.-Heather M. Campbell, Philip S. Miller Library, Castle Rock, CO Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Charlotte is a girl with problems, mostly of her own making, in Rallison's funny character study. Charlotte works at the mall, spritzing perfume on unsuspecting, innocent shoppers. When she spots her best friend's boyfriend, Bryant, with another girl, she's outraged. Her attempts to alert her friend, help a charming little boy and maybe even start her own romance with Colton, Bryant's handsome, rich friend, lead to more comedy. Charlotte first has to decide, though, if she wants Colton as a boyfriend. She constantly misinterprets whatever he says and can't stop drenching him with various liquids whenever they meet. Meanwhile, charming Colton sees right through her and tolerates her silly blunders. Rallison reveals Charlotte's character through her faults, yet winds up with an appealing portrait. It's a deft performance done with a light touch, adding up to a romp that will delight Rallison's fans. Plenty of laughs and some insight too. (Fiction. YA)
From the Publisher
“If you like witty and hilarious page-turners that keep you interested and laughing all the way through, then IT'S A MALL WORLD AFTER ALL by Janette Rallison is the book for you! This is the kind of book that keeps you wondering what hilarious twist is coming next.” —TeensReadToo.com

“Charlotte is deftly characterized, and her personality and history organically emerge.” —School Library Journal

“A deft performance done with a light touch, adding up to a romp that will delight Rallison's fans. Plenty of laughs and some insight too.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Rallison offers a fun romp of a read that’s sure to please teens looking for something light and breezy."—Booklist

“It’s nice to have a regular, smart teen with a regular family as the main character . . . girls who like this type of book will find it quite satisfying.”—VOYA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802788535
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 10/3/2006
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 810L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.63 (w) x 8.58 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Janette Rallison

Janette Rallison has been writing since she was six years old, although the quality of her work has improved substantially since then. She is the author of five books, including All’s Fair in Love, War, and High School. She lives in Chandler, Arizona, with her husband, Guy, and their five children.

Visit her at www.janetterallison.com / www.janette-rallison.blogspot.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2012

    Ya!

    This is a great book for all girls that are in the tween ages! It teaches good life lessons but still has the can't get your nose out of the book parts too! (Please like my review)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    Best book

    BEST BOOK EVER I REPET I LOVE IT SO MUCH U SHOULD GET IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Me, myself, and I

    This is such an amazing book, every page of the book keeps you entertained. I defenitly recomend this book for teens.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2012

    Luved it!!!!!!!

    Really,really great book!
    Have to read again, but where.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 28, 2011

    Fabulous

    I read it in a day because i couldnt put it down !

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2013

    Loved it!!!!

    I absolutely loved the book!!!!! It was sooooooo awesome!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2013

    Great book!

    This book was a cute book and has a reallife storyline. Plus Colton sounds hot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2013

    Annabell

    *walks into charlotte russe* i love this store! *busy 5 big overflowing bags of clothes* "American Eagle here i come!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2013

    Damn

    She is a shopper. Its also a great book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2013

    Great book

    My my my. What bad thing can i say about this book? I absolutley loved it! When i first tried reading it i didnt like it but then i tried again and couldnt put the thing down! I very highly recomemd this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2012

    LOVE IT!!! Best Book I've Read in Awhile.

    This book is absolutely amazing!!! Others that enjoy this book may not read much as others have said, but I am constantly reading, and this is by far one of my favorite books still! I have read it at least ten times, and plan on reading it again! I love the storyline and the characters are great! Some may say that the kind of things that take place in this book don't happen in real life, but trust me, they do. It is a great book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2012

    Party

    At lola result 1

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2012

    Lexis

    LOVED THIS BOOK!!!! SO ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS. I can read it over and over nd never get tired nd i dont read much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    Ahhhhhmazing

    This book is so good and cute its perfect for a teen girl lol fun for the free spirited i loved it and its not long at all

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    Anonymous

    This seems like a good book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2011

    i gotta a question!

    Is this really worth my money and how long of a book is it?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2011

    Really good!!

    I read this book in two days! This is definatly my favorite book!

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  • Posted March 25, 2011

    this a good book for a rainy day

    this book was good i read it in 2days. i think this book is more for teenagers reater than atluds teenages can realt to this book more. but its a good book in all. a good read for a quict afternoon i read this book over and over again it so good

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  • Posted November 2, 2008

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    Reviewed by Cayla Carhart for TeensReadToo.com

    If you like witty and hilarious page-turners that keep you interested and laughing all the way through, then IT'S A MALL WORLD AFTER ALL by Janette Rallison is the book for you! This is the kind of book that keeps you wondering what hilarious twist is coming next. <BR/><BR/>Charlotte is a girl who works in a mall, spraying perfume on unsuspecting costumers. She's a high school student, has red hair, she's taller than normal, and she has a strict policy against dating guys from her school. Charlotte never understood why anyone would buy those perfumes at the mall. She could never figure out how anyone could believe those advertisements that say the perfume will make you irresistible if you wear it, or that the guys will be all over you. <BR/><BR/>When Charlotte sees her best friend, Brianna's, boyfriend, Bryant, at the mall with another girl, she is faced with the tough choice of whether to tell Brianna or to not say anything and hope it was all just a misunderstanding. When she asks Bryant's best friend (and also her study buddy), Colton, about what she saw at the mall, will Colton stick up for Bryant and deny it or agree with Charlotte? Is Bryant deceiving Colton as well as Brianna? Is Charlotte the only one who knows the truth? <BR/><BR/>What happens when Charlotte goes to great lengths to prove Bryant's lying to Brianna? Will Charlotte get pinned for everything? And will Charlotte's friendship with Brianna survive through all the lies and rumors? And why does Charlotte have a policy against dating guys at her school, anyway? What happens if she breaks the policy? <BR/><BR/>There are so many unanswered questions. But don't fret--all you have to do to answer them and have a lot of great laughs along the way is to read this book. I can tell you one thing, it has a great ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2008

    Good book!!!!!!!!

    I love this book because its really funny. Great for girls and filled with romance.Its about a girl named Charolatte who works at a mall and one day sees her bff's boyfriend with another girl.

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