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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.

It's a Mall World After All

by Janette Rallison

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 Seventeen-year-old Charlotte doesn’t really think anyone needs to buy $100 perfume, but her job selling perfume at the mall gives her a chance to learn a lot about people. She could write a book about what she sees: the girls who want to find "new dating material," the ones who are depressed, and the ones who seem to do nothing but shop at the mall.

Then one day she sees her best friend’s boyfriend meeting another girl. But when she tells Brianna about it, Brianna sides with Bryant against her. Now she’s determined to prove she’s right—even if it means pretending to like handsome, smart Colton, Bryant’s best friend.

Charlotte never expected it would lead to so many embarrassing incidents: eating the centerpiece at a party, accidentally pushing Colton into a swimming pool, and running into a waiter with a full tray of food.

Of course Charlotte’s efforts don’t have anything to do with how mean Bryant was to her in junior high—do they? Charlotte won’t have to revise her opinion that the boys at her school are all "immature jerks"—will she? She won’t have to accept Bryant’s apology or apologize herself—will she?

From the title of the book, I thought this would be a book about the joys of shopping, but Charlotte’s wise to the advertisers’ tricks—"What exactly do they put in the [perfume] that makes it cost so much? Ground diamonds?"

It’s a classic ugly duckling story—gawky girl in junior high moves away and comes back as the beautiful high school girl—but it’s one with a lively sense of fun and a good pratfall or two. Charlotte’s smart and runs with smart kids, she’s compassionate—there’s a subplot about two poor boys and how she helps them—with more comic complications.

This breezy romance skips lightly along from page 5 where Charlotte sees Bryant with another girl to the end where she and Colton finally kiss.

Reading Level: 5, range 3.4-6.6.

Of interest to girls.

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4 h*ll—meaning the place, 3 "h*ll freezes over

Little boy dumps soda down "back of Colton’s shirt" twice; Charlotte runs into waiter, falls on floor, food flies all over room; father jokingly threatened Charlotte’s old boyfriend that he has "a gun collection and friends on the police force"; Charlotte accidentally pushes Colton into swimming pool; Charlotte wishes Bryant would "fall into a vat of bloodsucking leeches"; Charlotte smacks boy on shoulder; Charlotte accidentally starts fire at dance; Bryant slugs Colton dressed as Santa, Colton throws Bryant to the ground, keeps him in a headlock.


Bryant kisses Brianna on cheek, later kisses another girl on cheek; two girls described as wear "mini-skirts and tight tops"; Charlotte wonders if Colton will kiss her, thinks he’s planning on it, debates whether she’ll let him or not, tells Colton he has to apologize to girl he insulted if he wants a kiss; feels she owes him "a really good kiss" for trying to apologize and offending girl again; Charlotte puts on green elf tights, so her underwear won’t show under short skirt of elf costume, thinks she looks like the "Keebler Elf-hooker"; Colton claims Charlotte’s crying because of hormones; Bryant calls Charlotte a "ho-ho-ho"; Colton kisses Charlotte, not graphic.

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Charlotte speculates that physics teacher’s husband is "constantly drunk"; Brianna’s parents caught her older sister smoking, sister used to get drunk in high school—disapproved. 

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