It's a Mall World After All

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If they gave out diplomas for what you learn at the mall, Charlotte could graduate with honors. Ever since she got a job as a perfume spritzer, she’s become an expert on all things shopping related—oh and she’s getting really good at spying on her classmates who hang out there. What she hasn’t mastered is the art of convincing her best friend Brianna dump her boyfriend Bryant, after Charlotte catches him flirting with a mysterious, blond-haired stick figure. Now Brianna is taking his side! Charlotte must prove ...

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Overview

If they gave out diplomas for what you learn at the mall, Charlotte could graduate with honors. Ever since she got a job as a perfume spritzer, she’s become an expert on all things shopping related—oh and she’s getting really good at spying on her classmates who hang out there. What she hasn’t mastered is the art of convincing her best friend Brianna dump her boyfriend Bryant, after Charlotte catches him flirting with a mysterious, blond-haired stick figure. Now Brianna is taking his side! Charlotte must prove who is right, once and for all, and that means catching Bryant in the act. This is where her mall roaming skills will come in handy. Perfume anyone?

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Editorial Reviews

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

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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802797971
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 11/25/2008
  • Language: Welsh
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 965,851
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.68 (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 6, 2009

    AMAZING BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this book is so good. from the begining you become involved with the characters from rooting for certain couples to get together or to break up ,or wanting to jump in the book and explain to the main character who she should beleive.i defintaly did not want it to end.it has a mix of everything from, freindship, romance and the hardships of high school. but it definatly makes working at a perfume store at the mall sound worth it !!!

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  • Posted December 15, 2010

    "Calling all mall rats looking for a laugh..."

    It's a Mall World After All
    The best way to catch up on all the gossip is to get a job at the mall. At least that's how it was for Charlotte in the book "It's a Mall World After All" by Janette Rallison. Charlotte got a job at Bloomingdale's as a perfume spritzer. It was very easy for her to keep an eye on all of the other kids from her school that walked around the mall from the entrance of Bloomingdale's. It was around Christmas time so a lot of people would be around. Although this job seems like the best thing to happen to her, it might be too much for her to handle. The gossip part that is. Charlotte tries to help out her friends, but she should sometimes just keep things to herself.
    Charlotte's best friend, Brianna, is dating Bryant. While at work, Charlotte noticed Bryant hanging out with another girl that she didn't recognize and was clearly not Brianna. Immediately after work Charlotte called Brianna to tell her that Bryant was cheating on her, but Brianna did not believe her. Charlotte was going to do whatever she had to do to get proof that Bryant was cheating on Brianna, but the harder she tried, the more Brianna was pushing her away. On top of spying on Bryant, Charlotte was trying to get together with Bryant's best friend, Colton. The problem there was that Colton was trying to keep Charlotte away from Bryant. This made it very hard for Charlotte to get closer to Colton and bust Bryant.
    One night there was a party at a beautiful mansion of a preppy girl from another school nearby. Charlotte used to date a guy from that school so she knew a few people there, but still Charlotte practically had to beg to get into it so she could spy. She knew Bryant would be there with this mystery girl from the mall. She also knew Colton would be there, so she took the opportunity to talk to him one-on-one. They were officially together that night for about five minutes until she overheard Bryant bashing on her behind her back to Colton. Unfortunately she didn't realize Colton was still on her side and didn't like the things that Bryant was saying about her. Colton and Charlotte went through a rough patch but they did eventually work it out.
    This book has a lot of teenage drama and is all about boyfriend problems between Charlotte and Colton and Brianna and Bryant. It's a really good book for all preteen/teen girls. It seems very realistic as far as the events that take place, which makes more fun to read. It makes you think about that kind of thing happening in your life and what it would be like. It also can teach certain lessons, such as it's not good to gossip, because it can hurt you in the end. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. It was a really good book that always had something going on. It never got boring, which made it hard to put down and stop reading it. It had drama and some humor, which made very enjoyable to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2010

    !!!

    the whole time i was reading it i was intrigued. this was truly an original plot. Janette Rallison is amazing!

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  • Posted February 23, 2010

    what a world?

    This book is a really great book to read if you like to help people, go to dances, and go to the mall of course. Charlotte is a high school girl who gets a job at the mall to make some money. One day she sees her best friend Brianna's boyfriend Bryant with three other people. She try's to tell Brianna but she doesn't listen. Then this little boy comes in and try' to take these shoes for his mom for Christmas but, Charlotte saw him and bought the shoes for him. One day Charlotte came up with a brilliant Idea for the boy and the kids at school. She planned a field trip to go to the mall for those boys and girls. Charlotte and Bryant's friend Colton have been hanging out but, not until a very important part came up they became friends. I suggest reading this book for girls because; it is a girl's type of book. I thought this book was good book. I recommend reading this book for whomever is helpful and a shopping person

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  • Posted January 30, 2010

    It's a Mall World After All Review .

    It's a very entertaining book, I was so hooked up to it:DD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2009

    An Amazing book.

    This book is a good book for a young girl who likes the mall. A girl named Charlotte, sees her best friend's boyfriend flirting with asnother girl. Charlotte tries to explain to Brianna her best friend about what she saw, and all Brianna thinks is that Charlotte is just trying to break them up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2009

    BEST BOOK EVER!

    At first, i wasn't sure if I was going to fall in love with the book, but after all, it's one of the best books i've ever read! It gets intense at times, which i love. You'll want to finish it all at once to see what happens! This book is the best book i've ever read in a very long time! It's one of my all-time favorites. I recommend it to EVERYONE!!! You'll love it !

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

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    a must read

    I have read and enjoyed Janette Rallison's books ever since 5th grade. However, this book tops all! "It's a Mall World After All" is hilarious, romantic, and thrilling. At some point in the story it made me want to rip the book in half and yell at the top of my lungs, "AAAAAAAHHHRGGGGGGG!!". Oh yeah, it was THAT thrilling. The book also made me want to grab the characters out of the book and shake them 'till I felt that they understood my anger, sorrow,bewilderment, and ecstasy. When I realized that I was two pages away from finishing the book, I took my mother by the shoulders and screamed, "WHY MAN, WHY??!!!" (just kidding, if you knew my mom you would understand why.) This is Janette Rallison at her best!

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