The Girl in the Mall

(7 customer reviews)


The Girl In The Mall
by Canadian author, R. Jetleb

Life hasn’t been easy for fifteen-year-old Andi. When tragedy strikes, Andi runs away, and the Eaton Centre in downtown Toronto seems a good place to call ‘home.’ But after a few short weeks, Andi realizes life in the mall isn’t all she thought it would be.

Fifteen-year-old Noah is shocked when he sees a girl in the mall’s food court taking food from other people’s trays. Determined to help, he befriends Andi, who, in exchange, makes him promise to keep her secret.

As Andi’s situation becomes dire, both Andi and Noah know she can’t keep living like this. Can Noah convince Andi to finally get help? And, can Andi convince herself that she not only needs help, but deserves it as well?

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(7 customer reviews)

7 reviews for The Girl in the Mall

  1. Michael (Amazon reviewer)

    4.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable story of a lost girl
    Reviewed in Canada on April 6, 2019
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    I love everything about book. From the moment I open the book till then end, I truely felt like I was living Andi’s life and feeling all of the things that Andi went through.

  2. Mary M. Cushnie-Mansour (Amazon reviewer)

    Mary M. Cushnie-Mansour
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Girl in the Mall
    Reviewed in Canada on August 19, 2019

    R. Jetleb moves to an older age group from her “What About? series. The Girl in the Mall is an interesting read, following the tragedy of a young girl who finds herself completely orphaned. Not wanting to enter the foster care system, she runs away and hides in the mall. But life there is not the adventure she thought it would be. Fortunately, she meets another teenager who has decided he wants to help her. This is a great story of the struggles many of our youth face today and well worth the read. Jetleb has another winner on her hands. And, if I might add here – I love happy endings!

  3. Legomaniac

    5.0 out of 5 stars The first in the engaging Mall Girl series
    Reviewed in Canada on September 15, 2019

    This is a wonderful teen novel set in Toronto, 1980. Andi is fifteen, and she has chosen to live in the Eatons Centre mall after a tragedy in her personal life. She meets another teen, Noah, with his own set of problems. The story follows them as they help each other out, finding their own happy endings.

  4. NZ Steph (Amazon reviewer)

    NZ Steph
    5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
    Reviewed in Canada on August 31, 2019

    A great book! Could not put it down. One really feels for Andi and hopes that things turn out for the best for her.

  5. R M Burthom

    The Girl in the Mall takes us into the world of a teenage girl that becomes homeless due to circumstances beyond her control. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The way R. Jetleb tells the parts of the story from the perspective of 2 different characters is very interesting. Many teens end up homeless from situations that are beyond their control or they feel their home life is so bad that they stand a better chance living on the street. These teens may think there is nobody to turn to, no one who can help them, no one they can trust. This story opens one’s eyes to this world and pulls you into it great book for both teens and adults.

  6. Mary M. Cushnie-Mansour (Goodreads)

    R. Jetleb, a new author to the book world, has come up with another winner. Her first book, “What About Hailey,” won a five star rating from me – her new book, “The Girl in the Mall” also deserves a five star rating.

    Jetleb writes of social issues our youth face and she does it with heart and creativity. Set in Toronto, Ontario at the Eaton Centre, we are taken and absorbed into the life of fifteen-year-old Andi. When Andi arrives home one night after school and finds her alcoholic grandmother – her only living relative – dead, rather than be put into foster care again, as she was when her mother died, she runs away and lives in the mall. However, life in the mall isn’t as great as Andi thought it would be.

    Enter fifteen-year-old Noah, a teen who sees Andi taking food from other people’s trays in the food court, and he makes it his mission to help Andi. She begins to trust and depend on Noah, but she doesn’t know that his parents take in foster daughters, and when she finds out, she feels betrayed.

    Despite everything that is happening, as Andi’s situation becomes dire, can Noah convince Andi to finally get help, and can Andi ever feel that she is worthy of that help?

    Jetleb’s positive outlook on life comes out loud and clear in her writing. She writes stories with heart-wrenching story-lines, but always comes up with a happy ending. “The Girl in the Mall” is a must-read for all teens between 13 and 18, and even for adults to re-enter a world that so many times we try to deny exists.

  7. Sara (Goodreads)

    January 1, 2021

    Another well written story by a great author. Just like the first book I read “What about Hailey” this story is a great journey of you g teens and the struggles that some face. Highly recommended!

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