Author: David Arnold
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 3, 2015
I am a collection of oddities, a circus of neurons and electrons: my heart is the ringmaster, my soul is the trapeze artist, and the world is my audience. It sounds strange because it is, and it is, because I am strange.
After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the "wastelands" of Mississippi, where she lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and new stepmom. Before the dust has a chance to settle, she learns her mother is sick back in Cleveland.
So she ditches her new life and hops aboard a northbound Greyhound bus to her real home and her real mother, meeting a quirky cast of fellow travelers along the way. But when her thousand-mile journey takes a few turns she could never see coming, Mim must confront her own demons, redefining her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane.
Told in an unforgettable, kaleidoscopic voice, Mosquitoland is a modern American odyssey, as hilarious as it is heartbreaking.
❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃
Mosquitoland by David Arnold is INCREDIBLE! I am so happy that I had the opportunity to review this well-written book. It is so clever and fast-paced. A must-read for those who enjoy road trip books.
First of all, Mosquitoland is so cleverly written. I mean, actually clever. It is filled with logic and facts. I can tell that the author did his research. It must have taken a while to write this book. One thing that is interesting is the main character’s name, or should I say “acroname”. Mary Iris Malone, Mim. Genius! Mim is also very intelligent, outsmarting every victim that approaches her with her smarts and sarcasm. I definitely learned a lot from this book.
Next, Mosquitoland is such a quick read. Once you get into it, the pages just fly by! This was kind of sad for me though, the book was so good that I wanted to keep reading it long after I turned the last page.
I was pretty satisfied with the ending that David Arnold wrote. It tied up (most of) the loose ends and wasn’t too cheesy. The man character, Mim, mentions that she doesn’t like predictable endings in books. This was pretty cool, since the ending in Mosquitoland was not predictable at all! Well played, David.
The book is so entertaining to read. Mosquitoland is totally deserving of a 5 star review. Also, fans of Adi Alsiad‘s Let’s Get Lost, this is another road trip book! I personally enjoyed this book a lot, and you probably will too! Mosquitoland hits stores on March 3rd, so prepare yourself for its awesomeness!