Mosquitoland

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What do you do when your Aunt who was mentally ill isn’t around, and your mom is “not well,” and you cannot see her, and your dad has himself convinced that you’re also mentally unstable; taking you to psychiatrists and putting you on meds? Well if you’re Mim, you grab what cash you can find, hop on a greyhound and go find your mom.

Mim is the girl so many of us wish we could be. Only she doesn’t have a clue. She’s a bit of a loose cannon when it comes to authority figures, but clams up around her peers. Witty and sarcastic with a resemblance to Daria, you take her or leave her. But if you take her, you gotta love her for who she is; because Mim, well she’s “beginning to wonder if the whole damn planet hasn’t been Wikipedia’d” (208).

She set’s out on a trip from her new home in Jackson, Mississippi back to Cleveland, Ohio where she lived the first 15 years of her life. It’s on this road trip that Mim learns to look out for herself, learns some life lessons and meets unforgettable characters, including a boy who might just make her swoon like those girls she abhors.

Reminiscent of Sarah Dessen’s writing style, David Arnold has captured the character of Mim and her accomplices in a such a way that you wish the book would never end. Complete with flashbacks, junk food, and a slew of quotes you’ll try to coin as your own; this is one book you won’t want to miss.

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