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"When she learns that her mother is sick in Ohio, Mim confronts her demons on a thousand-mile odyssey from Mississippi that redefines her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Viking, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA),, 2015
ISBN: 9780451470775
Characteristics: 342 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Mosquito land


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Aug 11, 2020

David Arnold's Mosquitoland is mesmerizing, heartbreaking, hope filled, and real. Every character is so artfully constructed and adds their own personal flare to Mim's journey. The writing is beautiful; the whole book feels like it could be quoted. Truly worth the read.

Mosquitoland by David Arnold 4 out of 5 stars
Mim Malone is in Mississippi. Unwillingly. She was dragged there, practically, by her dad and stepmother. It’s not an ideal situation. So when she hears that her Mom is sick, and still in Ohio, she does what anyone else would do; she hops on a Greyhound bus to Cleveland. On Mim’s travels across the map, she meets all kinds of strange, sinister, and kind people, and learns not only what motels don’t have bedbugs, but also how to face her own fears, and what this new life she has in Mississippi really means.
This book is a lot of fun to read. The protagonist is witty and hilarious, and every character reads like a real person. I really liked the detail that Arnold took in fleshing out each of Mim’s traveling companions, as the variety and personalities of the supporting characters really add to the book's overall atmosphere of endearing strangeness. This book also strikes upon a very profound feeling of injustice and displacement that a lot of teens face, and Arnold artfully guides the protagonist through those struggles, and leaves her in a place that feels real and resolved, and not like a token effort to solve her problems. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes a witty narrator, a coming-of-age story, and books about family.

Jul 02, 2019

Mim Malone’s life has become a giant train wreak, checking off all the boxes. Parents split up? Check. Being forced to relocate halfway across the country? Check. Stuck 947 miles away from her sick mother? Check. Impulsively, Mim boards a Greyhound bus and takes off in order to make her way back home. Mim is one of the quirkiest, most interesting and complex characters that I have read in a YA book in a very long time. Her unique voice and weird sense of humor, complete with her flaws made me want to keep discovering more about her, a very multi dimensional character. However, those who do not enjoy road trip books may not be fans of this one. The meandering story line may be frustrating for some; but please give this book a chance. To that end, I’d definitely recommend Mosquitoland for fans of “road trip” style books such as Let’s Get Lost and Vivian Apple At the End Of The World. @viedelabibliothèque of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jun 11, 2018

Peppered with wacky characters and unlikely events, Mosquitoland has almost too much going on. Arnold has created a character with a very unique voice and there are many quotable passages throughout.

Feb 12, 2018

This is such a great book! It really shows some amazing character development and shows how someone truly can change their perspective once they start learning new and more things. I really recommend this book to anyone who wants to try something new and exciting and quirky.

RDPL_Teens Jul 12, 2017

I loved the characters and the sordid adventure the main character Mim undertook to get to her Mother for Labor Day. Lots of endearing characters and some significant plot twists too. Great storyline while also delving into mental health issues and their effects on families. Excellent debut novel by David Arnold!

Apr 28, 2017

Truly one of the most insightful books I have ever read! This novel effortlessly tackles real world issues not traditionally spoken about in mainstream media, let alone YA novels. All done with a dash of dark humor. Though this may not be for the faint of heart, the book may very well be one of my all time favorites.

Aug 20, 2016

On a scale of generic to war paint I think it's easily beyond war paint. This book was very magical and interesting and unique on so many levels. With lovable and detestable characters, a plethora of different settings and situations and how it touches on darker topics of substance and despair, this was a book that I'll never forget.

Jul 06, 2016

I liked this book a lot. It was following the story of a teenage girl whose parents are divorced and whose mom is sick. The ending was very nice, although somewhat expected. Told through first-person narration and letters to a sister, this book was engaging to the very end.

Jul 04, 2016

This was an amazing book. It was well written and it seemed long for how many pages it had. The characters were well developed, and the main character was very relatable, different as she was. I recommend this for a slightly older audience as it is very profound, and digs into the depth of the main characters angriest and most raw thoughts.

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Coarse Language: Contains quite a few swear words


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Jun 26, 2018

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.


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