Book: Mosquitoland by David Arnold
Genre: YA Contemp
Well, this was one of those books I picked up and read not knowing a THING about it and in the end was happy for the experience!
It's a simple story of this girl, Mim, who is living with her dad and stepmom when she overhears something that makes her think her mom is sick. So she runs away to go to her mom who is nearly 1000 miles away. And this story is her adventure. The people she meets, the guy she falls for, and the things she learns about herself.
I love stories like that.
And in the end, things aren't quite as she thought they were and she's all, oh. Oops. And then it ends but there's stuff that I still wanted to have happen and I have a feeling this is a stand alone! Argh!!
The best thing about this is the voice of Mim. You know, when you are learning to write, they talk a lot about voice. Let this book be an example of one really awesome voice! Wow! Mim is feisty and fierce and smart and witty and very very intense. Also a little messed up. And that is what makes this book so so good. Beware, she has a pretty foul mouth too. But she is sweet and cool and... messed up.
It's an intersting mix of sad and funny. You know the kind, where you feel bad laughing at the situation these characters are in, and then you end up weepy eyed afterwards. Yeah, that kind.
Bottom Line: Loved this one. So glad I fit it in between all the other books that are calling to me right now!
I absolutely adored this book; it's such a powerful and poignant debut. From Book Chic Club
Arnold dances down the dotted yellow line of humor and tragedy with grace. He melds the immensely sad and harrowing together with the hilarious and strange into a mix that is beautiful and real. From Walking Brain Cells
So often with books about journeys the endings tend to fizzle out or get the shaft, and although the ending was petty short, I loved it. It gave closure while leaving doors open for Mim, and in the end I just want to know that, in her fictional world, she found her way back to that game. From Ex Libris