Mosquitoland | Review

Title: Mosquitoland

Author: David Arnold

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary




“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 have never felt so weirded out (in a way that couldn’t be any more amazing) by a character. I loved it.
The story starts with a character. This character goes on a journey. I mean, literally. Going on this journey with the character couldn’t give me more joy. The journey contains life-changing, heartbreaking events along with absolutely hilarious encounters.The character grows just as the number of miles left diminishes. She finds out so much about herself, and it’s the most satisfying thing.

And the book even had bombshells. Totally awesome ones, too.

The fascinating characters met along the way are so much fun to read about! They only add to the already amazing story. There is a true art to having so many dynamic characters, and David Arnold has certainly mastered it.

The writing was hilarious. Truly, perfectly hilarious. I can’t count how many times I laughed. Or cried. But it’s basically the same thing. (You’ll get it when you read it)

And if that wasn’t enough, there’s also Elvis. 

Go. Read. It.

Since You’ve Been Gone – Book Review

Title: Since You’ve Been Gone

Author: Morgan Matson

Genre: Contemporary

Rating: 4/5 stars

The Pre-Sloane Emily didn’t go to parties, she barely talked to guys, she didn’t do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—the one who yanks you out of your shell.

But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just… disappears. No note. No calls. No texts. No Sloane. There’s just a random to-do list. On it, thirteen Sloane-selected-definitely-bizarre-tasks that Emily would never try… unless they could lead back to her best friend.

Apple Picking at Night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until Dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a Stranger? Wait… what?

Getting through Sloane’s list would mean a lot of firsts. But Emily has this whole unexpected summer ahead of her, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected) to check things off. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go Skinny Dipping? Um…

The first chapter of this book is sort of a slow one, but as soon as you get through that one chapter, you can’t put it down. This book had it’s definite funny moments, but also some more intense ones. I wasn’t a chick flick sort of book, but made a good name for YA Contemporary. Also, I was pleasantly surprised with Frank. I mean, how many faces and personalities can you associate with the name Frank?

A solid four star rating overall!