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I lost my mobile at the mall and am now facing certain death. My mother will accuse me of being lazy, ungrateful and plain old stupid. The first death I suffer will be from an utter lack of natural justice. My father will sentence me to die by disappointment. His shoulders will sag and there will be a long escape of air from his chest, as if I've crept up behind him and I lost my mobile at the mall and am now facing certain death. My mother will accuse me of being lazy, ungrateful and plain old stupid. The first death I suffer will be from an utter lack of natural justice. My father will sentence me to die by disappointment. His shoulders will sag and there will be a long escape of air from his chest, as if I've crept up behind him and pulled out his plug. As if I deliberately lost my mobile phone to prove to him that there is no God. My best friend will kill me, all because there's a photo in my mobile of her standing next to Hugh Jackman. I am not an overly dramatic person, but a year's worth of numbers, texts and photos were in my phone, and if I don't get them back my life is not worth living.


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I lost my mobile at the mall and am now facing certain death. My mother will accuse me of being lazy, ungrateful and plain old stupid. The first death I suffer will be from an utter lack of natural justice. My father will sentence me to die by disappointment. His shoulders will sag and there will be a long escape of air from his chest, as if I've crept up behind him and I lost my mobile at the mall and am now facing certain death. My mother will accuse me of being lazy, ungrateful and plain old stupid. The first death I suffer will be from an utter lack of natural justice. My father will sentence me to die by disappointment. His shoulders will sag and there will be a long escape of air from his chest, as if I've crept up behind him and pulled out his plug. As if I deliberately lost my mobile phone to prove to him that there is no God. My best friend will kill me, all because there's a photo in my mobile of her standing next to Hugh Jackman. I am not an overly dramatic person, but a year's worth of numbers, texts and photos were in my phone, and if I don't get them back my life is not worth living.

30 review for I Lost My Mobile at the Mall

  1. 4 out of 5

    Katy

    I picked up this book at the library because I am known to have bad phone habits - always losing it or being really bad at picking it up and not responding to texts in a timely manner. And I thought it was a cute cover, and I've actually sent a funny picture of myself, making this face as I imitate an iPhone Emoji emoticon. I was expecting a cute, fun read, probably one on the silly side, but after the first two chapters, I kind of lost interest. And personally, I thought it was kind of I picked up this book at the library because I am known to have bad phone habits - always losing it or being really bad at picking it up and not responding to texts in a timely manner. And I thought it was a cute cover, and I've actually sent a funny picture of myself, making this face as I imitate an iPhone Emoji emoticon. I was expecting a cute, fun read, probably one on the silly side, but after the first two chapters, I kind of lost interest. And personally, I thought it was kind of ridiculous. Don't get me wrong, the two chapters weren't bad at all, and I actually found myself laughing when Elly decided to Goggle "lost mobile" and found the five steps to follow when someone ripped off your phone. (view spoiler)[ 1. Phone the number immediately. Couldn't do that 'cos I have no phone. Der! 2. Report the phone missing. See above. Der! 3. Call 1800 LOST and get a block on the phone. Der! No phone!! (hide spoiler)] But what I thought was going to be a funny, witty fluff ended up being over-the-top, immature drama. I'm not talking about Elly's melodramatic reaction to losing her phone. I would have laughed at that. But the book ended up being more about high school gossip and how it could get out of hand. And really, it was more about the Internet and the so-called "FacePlace" instead of phone gossip. What I didn't like the most was the way the book ended. Yes, the girl had what was coming to her, but really, it was that jerk that kind of started everything, and it kind of seemed like he got off scot-free. And it seemed like everything fell into place too easily for Elly. I mean, after everything she had done, especially with the revenge without finding out the whole truth, she should have been the one who did the approaching and apologizing. Concerning the gossip, I saw the unsubscribe disclaimer, but I don't think everyone really learned their lesson in this book. Yes, I know they are teenagers, but I just wished the end result had a bit more impact.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Debasmita

    This is one gorgeous book and one of the most original stories that I have read in recent times.It was an amazing bookoften funny and very refreshing.I especially LOVED this book because this book dealt with a normal teenager at the edge of technological breakdown.I was just a wee bit tired of paranormal characters and meeting Elly Pickering was an absolute pleasure!Elly Pickering,the protagonist,is a bright and spunky character and I just adored her.It was hilarious the way she went on talking This is one gorgeous book and one of the most original stories that I have read in recent times.It was an amazing book…often funny and very refreshing.I especially LOVED this book because this book dealt with a normal “teenager at the edge of technological breakdown”.I was just a wee bit tired of paranormal characters and meeting Elly Pickering was an absolute pleasure!Elly Pickering,the protagonist,is a bright and spunky character and I just adored her.It was hilarious the way she went on talking about fashion and I could relate to her being a bit of a fashionista myself!The title of the book is “I Lost My Mobile At The Mall” but here Elly not only loses her mobile but also her PC and author Wendy Harmer reminds us how it was like in the old days when our forefathers had to make do without mobiles and computers.Obviously Elly is absolutely handicapped without her phone and PC and I could totally relate to Elly on this front too. I absolutely adored the relationship that Elly had with her grandmother!It was so lovely and beautiful! This is Wendy Harmer’s first book and this is the first work of her that I have read and I can’t wait to read more!Harmer has a funny,often witty voice,and she also adds a correct amount of sarcasm in her novel which makes it a sparkling tale of a teenager in distress.In short,I can’t wait to read more from her!I recommend this book to each and every teenager out there!Everyone of us will be able to relate to the protagonist!This book is simply addictive and I was hooked onto it from the very first page!Also,the cover of the book is so cute!So neat and simple and yet so cute!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Absolutely am addicted to this book. It was something easy for me to relate to and therefore was one of those books I couldn't put down. It's nice to read something that I can use to help me get through the same problems Elly did and I constantly find myself comparing our lives. I read this book around three times a year and am proud to say it's my guilty pleasure.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Karissa

    This was set in Australia and for a second I missed being there, even though it was only for two weeks. Our main character loses her cell phone at the mall hence the title. But this is the third phone she has lost. Elly is very vain, and she even admits to being distracted by shiny objects. How much vainer can you get? Now that she's lost her phone, she's unable to contact the outside world. Like her boyfriend, Will, who is a surfer who doesn't even own a cell phone. And her best friend, who is This was set in Australia and for a second I missed being there, even though it was only for two weeks. Our main character loses her cell phone at the mall – hence the title. But this is the third phone she has lost. Elly is very vain, and she even admits to being distracted by shiny objects. How much vainer can you get? Now that she's lost her phone, she's unable to contact the outside world. Like her boyfriend, Will, who is a surfer who doesn't even own a cell phone. And her best friend, who is only her best friend right now because her real best friend moved far away from her so this one is going to have to do. And her parents aren't going to buy her another one because money is tight. Then someone breaks into their home and steals all the computers. Now she's double out of touch with reality. The concept of this book is great. I myself feel like we're too technology dependent as I write this on my laptop, scroll through my Galaxy phone, and watch Netflix on my Galaxy tablet. But the minute I don't have internet, and we try to think of something to do, I automatically go for my phone or the computer that won't be able to help me. It's good to get back to the roots, to know what it's like without having to depend on technology. I think that's why I like dystopian novels so much. But this was a cute read, something quick and mindless for the summer.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    I love this book!!! Great aussie read, I could really relate to some of the things Elly was talking about and really helped me appreciate technology (Mobile, computer and FACEBOOK!!) really good book, very funny but also a bit emotional at times, about love, friendship and her technological breakdown. FANTASTIC!!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    I really liked this book. I was pretty surprised that it wasn't some trashy chick book (not that there is anything wrong with books like that) and that it actually kept me entertained throughout most of it. It's not a genre that I normally read, but if you haven't read this already, I suggest you give it a go.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Amy Sparkes

    i thought that this book was excellent. It was funny and interesting, and it is more for teenagers as they would understand what its like to loose their mobile phone at the mall, as they shop there and hang out!

  8. 5 out of 5

    rubycouturexo

    This book was really great to read! I liked the humour in it and i also liked the drama and girly-ness to it. I really think any teenage girl will love it and it has a good ending too. Awesome book! :)

  9. 4 out of 5

    GSGS

    In a nut shell: ____________ Nothing really happens. The title says it all. However it was mildly entertaining. Good fluff for in between books.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jen Shelley

    I love this book. it was creative in the way it was written, and I couldnt put it down. i read it for 2 days straight, and wanted there to be a second one.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dinelle Hettiarachchi

    Lol. cute. easy read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lennie

    It was an enjoyable read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sheng Sheng

    Very nice

  14. 5 out of 5

    Fiqa

    while reading, i could learn some aussie slang

  15. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    I am an adult, that teaches middle school students and thought this sounded like a great book to give to my granddaughter who is 16,who loves her cell phone. I actually enjoyed it and found some of the old-fashioned activities that she and her family participated in a great flashback to my childhood. Adults and kids could learn from this.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Aloha

    What happens when you lose your mobile at the mall.A book by Wendy Harmer intiteled "I Lost My Mobile At The Mall" puts a whole new spin on losing your mobile. The drama keeps the reader thinking the whole time if she was going to get a social life back or not. For instance she doesn't fix everything tell the of last pages. The book also keeps the readers on there toes to see if she will get the guy. For instance it is only reveled at the end as she gets her mobile back. Any reader that loves What happens when you lose your mobile at the mall.A book by Wendy Harmer intiteled "I Lost My Mobile At The Mall" puts a whole new spin on losing your mobile. The drama keeps the reader thinking the whole time if she was going to get a social life back or not. For instance she doesn't fix everything tell the of last pages. The book also keeps the readers on there toes to see if she will get the guy. For instance it is only reveled at the end as she gets her mobile back. Any reader that loves drama then will love this book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kayleigh

    I Lost My Mobile at the Mall by Wendy Harmer Fifteen-year-old Elly Pickering has once again lost her cell phone at the mall, and she is shuddering at the prospect of telling her parents. When one technological problem leads to another, Elly begins to seriously doubt what and who really matters most to her. Can anything good come from this series of breakdowns? Comments on the book: Strengths/Praise- 1) The plot of the book was well thought out, after the first thirty pages, because the author made I Lost My Mobile at the Mall by Wendy Harmer Fifteen-year-old Elly Pickering has once again lost her cell phone at the mall, and she is shuddering at the prospect of telling her parents. When one technological problem leads to another, Elly begins to seriously doubt what and who really matters most to her. Can anything good come from this series of breakdowns? Comments on the book: Strengths/Praise- 1) The plot of the book was well thought out, after the first thirty pages, because the author made the chain of events flow very well together. She did this in such a way that because one event happened, another would happen, leading to misunderstandings and problems all over the place. 2) The main character Elly reminds me of myself because when I was younger, I used to lose things all the time like lip balm and goggles. Weaknesses/Criticism- 1) There were some noticeable typos and errors in grammar, and when they used text talk I didn't always know what they were saying. 2) The title of the chapters were times and abbreviations like PPC, post personal computer, and AW, after Will. Sometimes they would mess up on the abbreviations and put AM instead of AW, and that would distract me from the story. Personal Response: In comparison to the first Hunger Games book, which drew me in right away by putting me right in the middle of what was currently going on in Katniss' life, this book did not do a very good job of drawing me in at the beginning. This is because, for the first thirty pages, basically all Elly did was talk about how she was really upset that she lost her phone. Here is a quote from the book: (pgs. 1-4) "My name is Elly Pickering. I've lost my mobile phone at the mall and am now facing certain death. There are many ways a healthy fifteen-year-old girl can die. I'll list a few of them here. I have lost my mobile phone so... 1. My mother will kill me. ... 2. My father will kill me. ... 3. My best friend will kill me. ... 4. My boyfriend will kill me. ... 5. I will kill myself. I am not a particularly dramatic person, but all my numbers, texts and photos were in my phone (one year's worth), and if I don't get them back my life is not worth living. :(" Overall, after I finished the first thirty pages, it was a very interesting and engaging book. The reason I chose to finish the book was because the main character, Elly, encountered situations that my friends or I could experience. Because Elly did not have her cell phone, or her computer, throughout this book, it illustrated how important technology has become for our communication with others. With out these communication devices, Elly's communication with others broke down. Book Review by Kayleigh

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jess - The Tales Compendium

    I picked this up to read just so I could give some feedback on it at work and wasn't expecting to like it all, but I did. A funny story about technology and one teenage girls' desperate attempt to stay in the loop after losing her means of communication. From her kooky family and their hypocritical views of technology to the drama of having a best friend who isn't really all that nice, to the misunderstandings that jumping to conclusions can lead to, this is a hilarious teen novel for ages 12-15. I picked this up to read just so I could give some feedback on it at work and wasn't expecting to like it all, but I did. A funny story about technology and one teenage girls' desperate attempt to stay in the loop after losing her means of communication. From her kooky family and their hypocritical views of technology to the drama of having a best friend who isn't really all that nice, to the misunderstandings that jumping to conclusions can lead to, this is a hilarious teen novel for ages 12-15. The only thing that bothered me was some of the text message shorthand, I'm not a mobile obsessed teen but I'm not mobile illiterate, but I couldn't figure out half of it! Lucky it only pops up every now and then.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Georgia

    I read this a few years ago when I was in year 7 (maybe 13-14 years old) or something. And I loved it! We get to see what would happen to a teenager now-a-days when they lose all electronic communications. And it was an eye opener, are we really that dependant on technology? What would happen if all technology would suddenly disappear? (Well, I would love it, dunno about others though...) But it was a super fun read, and the protagonist, Elly Pickering, was so easy to love. She was sensible, I read this a few years ago when I was in year 7 (maybe 13-14 years old) or something. And I loved it! We get to see what would happen to a teenager now-a-days when they lose all electronic communications. And it was an eye opener, are we really that dependant on technology? What would happen if all technology would suddenly disappear? (Well, I would love it, dunno about others though...) But it was a super fun read, and the protagonist, Elly Pickering, was so easy to love. She was sensible, over dramatic and funny. Although, the ending was pretty bad, we got all happy and glad about Elly getting a normal life without her phone, then Bam! We are almost back at the start. Which was a bit if a disappointment. But overall a good easy read :)

  20. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    This book was quite cute. It was simple and had relatively good morals, and the characters were particularly well written. Elly is a likable protagonist and narrator, and whilst the rest of the cast aren't particularly relatable or likable, they are at least written so I'm clear what I need to feel about them, without being spoon fed. I found Elly to be quite a slow learner, and I don't feel like she learnt too many lessons through the course of the book. Even when she was offered chances to rise This book was quite cute. It was simple and had relatively good morals, and the characters were particularly well written. Elly is a likable protagonist and narrator, and whilst the rest of the cast aren't particularly relatable or likable, they are at least written so I'm clear what I need to feel about them, without being spoon fed. I found Elly to be quite a slow learner, and I don't feel like she learnt too many lessons through the course of the book. Even when she was offered chances to rise above her circumstances, she took cheap, dirty options, though I suppose as a younger teenager, not much more can be expected of her. It was a very enjoyable YA novel.

  21. 5 out of 5

    fiction.prescription

    Can't claim the book isn't what the title says - it's about a teenager whose life revolves around her phone. Shes on the stupid side and the book started out okay, but progressively got more boring. There was a real lack of storyline. The main character's computer got stolen and then life was over. Until, (view spoiler)[ she met some person at school who took her to this festival that magically changed her views on technology. Then she was all like, awesome, no technology is just the greatest Can't claim the book isn't what the title says - it's about a teenager whose life revolves around her phone. She’s on the stupid side and the book started out okay, but progressively got more boring. There was a real lack of storyline. The main character's computer got stolen and then life was over. Until, (view spoiler)[ she met some person at school who took her to this festival that magically changed her views on technology. Then she was all like, awesome, no technology is just the greatest thing ever!! But then she gets her phone back, a new computer, and completely (or conveniently) forgets about her so-called 'changed attitude’. And that is the end. (hide spoiler)]

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    This book really captures the "voice" of a teenager, the description of why Elenor(Elly) will die is absolutely hilarious in its accuracy. Of course its not all bad, Elly still has her laptop. I love the way Elly and her gran have a good relationship, its great to see her discussing the advantages and disadvantages of technology with her gran. Then when Elly is feeling a bit jilted by her sweet bf, she posts some photos of him on FaceSpace. That night all the laptops in the house are stolen. Great This book really captures the "voice" of a teenager, the description of why Elenor(Elly) will die is absolutely hilarious in its accuracy. Of course its not all bad, Elly still has her laptop. I love the way Elly and her gran have a good relationship, its great to see her discussing the advantages and disadvantages of technology with her gran. Then when Elly is feeling a bit jilted by her sweet bf, she posts some photos of him on FaceSpace. That night all the laptops in the house are stolen. Great book!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Watermelon Daisy

    FIRST IMPRESSION: Funny and dramatic (well, the main character makes out of it, anyway.) WRITING STYLE: Very amusing at first but loses its charm quickly. It makes me skim through a lot of the book. PLOT: Predictable. Very, very predictable. And the ending was too happy for my liking. CHARACTERS: Elly was really getting on my nerves at times. Very frequently, actually. But I love how she improved as a person. OVERALL: A fast-paced, modern story which highlights the importance of just how much teenagers FIRST IMPRESSION: Funny and dramatic (well, the main character makes out of it, anyway.) WRITING STYLE: Very amusing at first but loses its charm quickly. It makes me skim through a lot of the book. PLOT: Predictable. Very, very predictable. And the ending was too happy for my liking. CHARACTERS: Elly was really getting on my nerves at times. Very frequently, actually. But I love how she improved as a person. OVERALL: A fast-paced, modern story which highlights the importance of just how much teenagers rely on technology. AMOUNT OF STARS: 2

  24. 4 out of 5

    Airaology

    It was fast paced and witty but not laugh out loud type, more like 'heh heh'. It's a good book for youngsters (Dear God, did I just used that word?) who are addicted to internet and cellphones. Our protagonist was a bit annoying and shallow at first, but the funny parts didn't make her seem obnoxious (unlike her friend). Towards the end, she learned the value of friendship as well as being a more educated/understanding young lady.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    I thought this was a fresh creative book, but one thing that I just really didn't like the whole book was the text talk she used. It was so unrealistic. I am a teenager and I do use that kind of texting, but it took me about 5 mins to translate everything. I just couldn't get past it! It also lost another star just because it didn't hook me right in. I did however LOVE the front cover!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tamara

    So my friend gave me this book (along with some others) a while back and I just remembered that I read it :) It was a quirky little book that was an extremely easy read. Something good for someone who wants to have something to do when you have a spare couple of hours :)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Missy

    One of the very first romance books I had read and I am proud to say that even though I probably read through a hundred, this is still my favourite! Perfect plot and I would recommend it for whoever is into moments where you awe and giggle over adorable moments

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Maybe I'm too old to really appreciate this book, maybe i don't fully understand it because I still put pen to pen and send snail mail to people or maybe this book really was just a terrible read. Not one I'd recommend to anybody I know.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    i love this book....So random.... but awesome, i am not making any sense haha

  30. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    i <3 this book so much - i would totally recommend it!

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