Publication Date: 3rd March 2015
Hey guys- I'm back with another review of an amazing book! I read "Mosquitoland" by David Arnold early last year, and found out that I never shared it with you guys! I rated this book five stars on Goodreads- and would have given it ten if I could.
Mim Malone, who has been residing with her mother in Northern Ohio since the whirlwind of her parents' divorce, is suddenly sent to the "wastelands" of Mississippi to live with her father and step-mother. Before she has time to process what happened, she learns that her mother is sick back in Cleveland, so she packs her bag and boards a bus to travel back home.
She meets various interesting characters along the way, who become as much a part of her story as the final journey of meeting her mother one last time. Among these characters is young Walt, a homeless teenager suffering from Down's Syndrome, who becomes a sort of brother to Mim.
The story is told from first-person point-of-view as Mim talks to the readers, and writes letters to a character named Isabel- her supposedly crazy aunt. This is a very important part of the novel. As Mim strengthens her relations with her father and step-mother, she discovers yet another life-changing secret that changes the recipient of her letters.
She describes grungy bars and motel-rooms that she shares with her friends, awkward situations with drunk groups of people, broken-down buses and run-down stations. She scrapes all of her money together in a desperate attempt to reach home and be with her mother.
As I mentioned earlier, I absolutely LOVED this novel. It's written in a colloquial style that really blends in with Mim's "Don't mess with me" attitude. The letters showcase a little more sensitivity, but still majorly keep with the characterization.
The unique title has to do with Mim's perspective on her new home, and is accentuated by frequent unique revelations, characters and settings. I'd encourage you to try out this book if you enjoy young adult fiction, stories about self-discovery, and travel journeys.