Mosquitoland

by Arnold, David, 1981-

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Summary
"Top-notch" -- USA Today
"Illuminating" -- Washington Post
"A breath of fresh air" -- Entertainment Weekly
"Memorable" -- People

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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* As she so often claims, I am Mary Iris Malone and I am not okay. For most of her 16 years, Mim has believed this to be the truth. But after her father and new stepmom conspire to keep her away from her mother, who is struggling to get well in Cleveland, Mim sets out on an odyssey from Mississippi. Arnold populates his debut novel with memorable, inventive characters who keep Mim company and keep the reader invested as the miles count down, such as her unlikely kinship with street kid Walt and the devastatingly handsome Beckett Van Buren. Meanwhile, the twists of Mim's story involving her immediate family are fleshed out through letters she writes in her journal. Arnold boldly tackles mental illness and despair, and sexual assault and sexual identity, without ever once losing the bigheartedness of the story. Arnold gives Mim a worldview that is open and quirky-morphing-into-kitschy, and though some events come off as overly convenient, the honesty always resonates. As Mim reaches Cleveland, and Walt and Beck follow the road to their own destinations, Arnold never lets up on the accelerator of life's hard lessons. In the words of one of Mim's Greyhound seatmates, this has pizzazz lots and lots of it.--Bush, Gail Copyright 2015 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "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. Agent: Daniel Lazar, Writers House. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Voyages and travels -- Fiction.
Runaway teenagers -- Fiction.
Mothers and daughters -- Fiction.
Bus travel -- Fiction.
Mental illness -- Fiction.
Stepfamilies -- Fiction.
Young adult fiction.
Publisher New York, New York :2015.
Language English
Description 342 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780451470775
045147077X
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