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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.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), 2015.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780451470775
Branch Call Number: FIC/ARNOLD
Characteristics: 342 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Mosquito-land


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Jun 26, 2018

Love love love this book! it is both fantabulous and wonderific and I highly recommend reading it.

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.

LPL_BenL Jan 20, 2016

As much an epic odyssey across the U.S. as it is a teenage runaway story. Arnold's novel follows the capricious, sarcastic, and headstrong Mim as she flees from her father and stepmother in rural Mississippi to find her mother, who may or may not be dying of a horrible disease. Alone, angry, and unsure of her own sanity, Mim's journey takes her from Greyhound buses, rundown motels, and towns that are no more than a speck on the map. Confronting the dangers of the road as well as her personal demons, Mim meets a strange cast of surreal characters that either help her along her path, or stand in her way. Great for those who enjoy strong female protagonists, dark humor, and stories set in the deep south.

QueenBoadicea Jul 30, 2015

In wry, bitter tones, a truly flawed and angry teenager scribbles down her wandering thoughts as she takes to the road. Mary Iris Malone is the quintessential furious adolescent—pissed off at her cheating father and her new stepmother and yearning for her absent mother, the writings in her book wander from sad bursts of self-pity to startling observations about the world around her.

She’s chock full of problems, all right, not all of them physical, and puberty is just another ingredient in her mental stew. Whether she’s mentally sound is a source of debate, both for herself and the reader. The author has gifted her with a lively intelligence and a sparkling imagination, one that sees herself as the star of a particularly romantic YA movie, and this makes for absorbing reading.

Reality is a bitter pill to swallow but Mim (as she prefers to be called) weathers it, if not with grace then with a certain amount of toughness. As always, a journey isn’t about the destination but about the people met along the way, bonds forged, adventures endured and the lessons learned. “Mosquitoland” is alternately spry, grim, acerbic, romantic and unexpectedly poignant.

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Jul 12, 2017

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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