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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Review: Mosquitoland

Mosquitoland Mosquitoland by David Arnold
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Mosquitoland by David Arnold is strangely good.

Summary from Goodreads:
"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 really thought this book was odd. It was not exactly in a bad way; it just wasn't as good as I expected.

I thought Mim was a hilarious character, and a good representative of a teenager with a screwed up life. I would have thought it would be so neat to travel on a greyhound bus like she did. I really enjoyed reading about her relationship with the old lady on the bus. It was nice seeing Mim try to find her mom.

Beck and Walt were very cute characters. Walt was a boy who had a mental illness that made him kind of immature. He was still the sweetest, and was a foil to Beck's seriousness. Beck was an adorable love interest. He was sweet and perfect to Mim.

I loved Mim's journey. She went out to find her mom, but ended up sort of finding herself. She realized that she had to take care of herself.

Overall, this was a quirky book with quirky characters.

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