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Love the 80s? A laugh out loud, coming-of-age comedy with a heartwarming conclusion you won't see coming! Hold on for the ride as these bodacious, bubblegum-pop princesses skate you back through the days of bad perms, bathroom bullies, bogus curfews, boy crushes, and burping contests!

"A marvelous blend of 80's nostalgia, determination, self discovery, friendship, and love. "

"All it takes is one chance meeting or moment to change everything." Tanya Sheffield

The story

Pittsburgh, 1985 . . .
It's not easy being the new girl, but it doesn't take long for Randi Gattano to snag a new best friend as totally rad as she is. Randi and Tanya have everything in common-big hair, big dreams, big imaginations, and an even bigger obsession with scoring tickets to see their favorite pop queen live. How far will they go in their determination to let nothing stand in the way of the greatest night of their 13-year-old lives? And what will they ultimately learn about friendship, family, and fate?

Reviewed By Grant Leishman

for Readers’ Favorite

The 1980s was a time of big hair, shoulder pads, leotards, jazzercise and get fit videos, well, that’s certainly how I remember it, but for two young thirteen-year-old girls in Pittsburgh, it was their time of coming of age, of discovering who they were and what really mattered to them. Randi and Tanya were absolute BFFs (best friends forever) and the one thing that bound them to each other, more than anything else, was their love of music. But more important was their complete and utter devotion to their number one cultural icon – Madonna. When Tanya realises that Madonna will be performing live at their local Pittsburgh arena, attending her concert becomes the be all and end all of these two young ladies’ lives. In Mall Hair Maladies, Kristy Jo Volchko brings us a story of friendship, love and - perhaps most importantly - hair, the one feature that '80s girls used to define their generation.

As far away from a teenage girl as it is humanly possible to be, I found Mall Hair Maladies to be an absolute breath of fresh air among the usual murder, destruction and despair that frequents most of the books I read these days. Author Kristy Jo Volchko has set out to capture the spirit, the determination and the maturity of young people and she has done it beautifully. It would be easy to dismiss the characters as frivolous teenagers with little or no responsibility, but Volchko beautifully crafted into the story some meaningful and deeper reflections on life, on karma, and most especially on friendship and what it means to be a true friend. I absolutely rode this fun tale all the way and although not a child of the eighties myself, I could see a lot of my own teenage years in their crazy adventures and their determination to do what they wanted to do. This is a wonderful book for young people especially, but also for those of us who are young at heart and tired of the continuing negativity that surrounds us in media, in film and in literature. Like Madonna, this book sings from its own song sheet and for that alone I can highly recommend it.

5 stars- "The 80s answer to Lucy and Ethel..."

5 stars- “Looking for that perfect "tween" book. This is it. And you might just want to share it with your mom.”

“The perfect “tween” book with an added journey through the “historic” 1980s. A fun combination…”
“…It reminds us that every generation has to struggle with coming of age and find ways to fit in while being true to one's self.” JGusky

5 stars- “Likable characters, funny, clever, an honest reflection of what it's like to be a teenager in the 80s. This is a quick, easy, and fun read everyone will enjoy.”

5 stars- “I am in love with this book!” K. Caneja

5 stars- “The author brings it all back…the music, smoke-filled bathrooms, the frustrating inconvenience of having to look things up in the dictionary and wait out never-ending busy signals…original, well written…” David M.