Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Book Review | Mosquitoland by David Arnold

18718848"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.

I love Mim. Can I just say that first off, because it's undeniably true. I thought that she made an absolutely wonderful character. She had this mission in her head, to get to her mother, and she just goes. She didn't have a particularly easy time of it, but she just kept going. Loved her!
Another thing I love, the quirky cast of characters she meets, who livened up the story a lot, and definitely added to it.
I thought that this story was told really well. With emotion, reality and honesty that I loved. I liked how she learnt more as she travelled, and I thought that the ending was particularly incredible.
Travel stories always entice me, and I'm definitely glad that I picked this one up, because it was such an enjoyable book, well written and with great characters. I would definitely recommend it.


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