Mosquitoland by David Arnold Review

Hey Everyone,

It’s been awhile since I wrote a review; I was worried I forgot how, but you could never forget how much you love a book. I finished Mosquitoland about last month and I absolutely loved it. I picked up this book, because I saw Adam Silvera the author of More Happy Than Not rave about it on Instagram and Twitter. Mosquitoland is different than anything I’ve read in a long time. It’s honest, heartwarming, authentic, and absolutely unforgettable.

Synopsis

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.

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This book is really Unforgettable, Fresh, Honest, Offbeat, Authentic, Eccentric, and Heartbreaking. I didn’t want to put this book down. It’s really unlike any other book I’ve read, because the writing style is different. Arnold’s prose is pure poetry, because every sentence; demands to be savored and appreciated. However, the author never scarifies substance for style. One thing I really enjoyed was the very realistic family dynamics and troubled relationships the character deals with. These are things families deal with on a regular basis. 

Mosquitoland explores a number of important topics including mental illness, sexual assault and suicide. Arnold takes the time and attention they deserve in order to develop these topics properly. This was your typical coming of age story and at times the plot was a little sparse, but very enjoyable.  The only problem I had with this book was that the ending was a bit anticlimactic. 

I would love to hear what you thought of this book if you’ve read it before. If you haven’t I definitely recommend picking it up.

What are you currently reading?

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