“Top-notch” —USA Today
“Illuminating” —Washington Post
“A breath of fresh air” —Entertainment Weekly
By the New York Times bestselling author of Kids of Appetite!
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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
One of the reasons we love reading YA is the chance to encounter dazzling, off-kilter characters who’ve yet to be dulled by maturity and routine. Mim is a heroine like no other: a brutally honest teen with literary flair, a displaced epiglottis, and unnerving mental tics. When she hops a Greyhound bus to reunite with her ailing mother in Ohio—and leave Mississippi, her dad, and her stepmom behind—she takes us on a strange journey. We raced through this wild, sad, and funny novel to find out more about Mim’s past and see what her future held in store.
Newcomer Arnold's protagonist, 16-year-old Mim Malone, is as hold-nothing-back honest as they come, which makes the narrative she provides about her outlandish trek from Mississippi to Cleveland wholly enjoyable. Mim, blind in one eye from a solar eclipse and suffering from a "misplaced epiglottis" that results in unpredictable spells of vomiting, is reeling from her parents' divorce and an unclear psychiatric diagnosis when she is dragged to Mississippi by her father and new stepmother. Determined to get back to her mother, Mim hops a bus to Cleveland, beginning an Odysseus-like adventure that introduces a delightfully eclectic cast of characters, who are made all the more memorable by Mim's descriptions ("I've only known two other Carls in my lifetime an insurgent moonshiner and a record store owner both of whom taught me important... life lessons. In my book, Carls are a top-notch species"). There is no shortage of humor in Mim's musings, interspersed with tender scenes and a few heart-pounding surprises. Mim's triumphant evolution is well worth the journey. Ages 12 up.
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what a great book!
mosquito land was so fun to read! i finished it in two days! ❤️
sends such incredible messages to its readers!
This book is a roller coaster of... basically everything. Anger, sadness, shock, but a lot of happiness and laughter. I'm in love with this book and I have read it multiple times. And each time I read it I get a new understanding of Mim and what she's going though. There are not a lot of books like it. I am truly in love with this book
I love this book. It is a great read, emotional, intense, but also loving. I would recommend this book to anyone.