Review: Diary of a Mall Girl

Monday, 12 August 2013
Author: Luisa Plaja
Edition: Curious Fox Paperback
Released: 15th March 2013
Series: n/a (Standalone)
Pages: 269 approx.
Links: Goodreads | Author's Website | Buy the book!

The mall is the heart of 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.

But living in a massive shopping centre isn't as much fun as it sounds. That is, until mysterious twins Jewel and Jasper move into the flat upstairs. Suddenly life is a lot more exciting - and complicated. Will Molly get what she wants, or will it all come crashing down?

This is the third Luisa Plaja book I've read and so can now say for sure I know what to expect from this author. When I picked this up off my review pile I was looking for a light, fluffy read. Something I wouldn't take all too seriously. And this proved to be the perfect read for the mood I was in. Though I didn't love it, it was a fun book to pass the time.

If there's one thing I love in chick-lit books, it's how the main character always seems to embarrass themselves one way or another. In Molly's case, she really did have some super cringey/awkward moments. Most of which had me laughing hysterically. Seriously, Luisa Plaja has a talent for making me as giggly as I was whilst reading this book! At certain points I even had to sit the book down and take a breather because I was so embarrassed on Molly's behalf!

Speaking of Molly, she was a fun character - likeable enough. Admittedly, when she fussed over her problems, I wanted to shake her. Her problems were just so juvenile! However, I would always remind myself just to enjoy this book for what it was - a harmless, light-hearted read - and it wouldn't bother me as much. Jasper was also likeable, despite being quite hot-headed and stubborn. I really didn't like Wendy and Ameera though! Molly's supposed 'best friends'. I found them to be too immature. There was a quote from this book that did make me stop and think though.

"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."

I can actually believe that to be true. No matter how much my own friends annoy me, I love them - despite their flaws. I think a lot of people can relate to that quote too. Anyway. To conclude, I enjoyed this book. It was a light, fun, fluffy read with some truly hilarious moments. I managed to get through it in only a few hours. Though Diary of a Mall Girl isn't amazing or complex, it's still a great read for a rainy day. I can easily recommend it to a number of teenage girls!

Huge thanks go out to Curious Fox publishers for sending me a review copy! :)
Happy Reading,
Rachel xoxo
PS: I apologize for not having been around much this past week. School is starting up again this Friday so I've been busy preparing for it and relishing the last days of the holiday. I suspect I'll also be a little absent over the next couple weeks but hopefully everything will settle down quickly. I'll still be on Twitter though. ;)


  1. Haha my friends are annoying too and they often teases me but we always end up laughing together over some silly jokes or funny stories so I definitely love them!

    This sounds like a very light and easy read. I'm glad you enjoyed it even though some characters were immature. I have never read any of Luisa Plaja's books but they all sound light and fun. I think I'll consider them whenever I need a break from the heavy reads. Thanks for the review, Rachel!

  2. I love how all your reviews look now! They're just so professional. I didn't request this one from Curious Fox just cos it doesn't look like something I'd enjoy, but I'm glad you liked it. :)) I've heard a lot of people say the protagonist seems younger than she is, so you're not the only one!

    Great review Rachel, as per usual!

  3. I share the exact same thoughts on this book! Although I didn't love it, It was a perfect book to just relax into! Light and fluffy , as you said! I really liked Molly, and will join you in disliking Ameera and Wendy!

    By the way, I just noticed my blog is on your sidebar! Thank you so much for adding me :D

  4. This looks like a really fun and light read. I love the title and your review makes me want to read it so bad! I'm definitely going to check this book out. :)

  5. HEY RACHEL!!! OMG IT FEELS LIKE POSITIVELY EONS SINCE I HAVE VISITED YOUR BLOG!! *sniffs, overwhelmed with a sudden burst of nostalgia* but don't worry, I am back in the blogosphere and you shall not be able to get rid of me now muhahahahaha ;)

    Can you believe I have never read anything by Luisa Plaja?!! I know! I keep hearing awesome things about her (both about her books, and herself) so I really must get round to one of her books soon! In fact, I might go check out this one, since I do feel quite in the mood for a light, 'fluffy' read, as you put it ;) The cover kind of makes it look like the book is aimed at maybe slightly younger teens which could explain why the characters seemed a little childish...but still, it does look like a fun read!

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Rachel - I've missed reading your brilliant reviews!! :D

  6. Aww, this seems like such a light-hearted read, and I really like the sound of it! I always love books that make me laugh, they are really great for times when I'm pretty stressed out school wise and such. Plus, I love that quote so much. It's actually so true. We put up with our friends even with all their flaws, and they put up with us. <3

    Gorgeous review Rachel dear! And I totally understand about being super busy, my summer vacation is ending too, and so I'm trying to cherish every moment of it. ;)

  7. I loved this book too :') Luisa Plaja is one of my favourite Chick Lit authors - her books are so sweet and fluffy! I'm so glad you enjoyed this book even if you found Molly annoying sometimes.

    Aw, you're back at school already?! *hugs* YOU POOR THING! Silly Scotland vs England different holiday dates messing with our talking time ;) Good luck with starting! Let me know how it goes! <3

  8. Ahh! I've had this book unread on my shelves for absolutely ages. I really MUST read it soon, thanks for the reminder.


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