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.