Review: Mosquitoland by David Arnold

Posted August 12, 2015 in review / 0 Comments

Review: Mosquitoland by David ArnoldMosquitoland by David Arnold
Published by Penguin on March 3rd 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Source: Library
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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.
From the Hardcover edition.

This book is, well, different. I have to admit, and I apologise in advance, that I rarely read books from male authors. Not to be sexist or anything like that, but I’ve just been used to the writings of a female author. But anyway, so I was actually a little bit wary to read this book. But. This. Book. Is. Quite. Cool.

The style of writing in this book was quite humorous and serious at the same time. In other words, it is exactly like how a normal teenager who is undergoing midlife crisis would think of. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and the main character. Especially the main character, Mim. I actually like her the moment I realised that her name, Mim, is an acronym of her real name, which is really unorthodox. She also thinks A WHOLE LOT. Not like a typical girl, but you know, logical thinking. And woah, her imaginations are cool. I loved that she portrayed half of the teens in this era. Confused, angry but still, independent enough to take care of themselves.

Although what made the MC (and me) are a little bit shocked about, is the plot twist. WOAH, that plot twist. You know that feeling when you spent the whole book hating/liking someone, and in the end it was supposed to be the opposite. DAMN, I hate that feeling. But yes, that got me quite a little bit pissed.

Overall though, the book is actually quite good.

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