A few weeks ago, I read Mosquitoland by David Arnold and loooved it! Here’s my review. You can check this out on Goodreads here and buy it on Amazon here. (Which I highly recommend you do!) The cover:
In all honesty, this book was amazingly hilarious and just beautiful in its own, raw way. As a summary, I think all you need to know is that: (Written in bullet points because bullet points rule)
- This book is narrated by the awesomest of awesome characters, Mim. Mim is extremely weird. She is literally a “collection of oddities”–as she says herself–but she’s so much fun to read from. It might seem that she would not be relatable, but she is. Believe me when I say she is.
- The plot follows Mim on her way to her mom when she learns that her mom is sick. At the moment, Mim is living with her stepmother and father, and upon learning her mom’s condition she ditches school, hops on a bus and leaves.
- And if I were you, I wouldn’t need any more convincing to read this book. Plot-wise, you really don’t need to know more before reading it, because it’s best discovering things on your own. This way you can have fun with the small plot twists and Mim’s weird POV.
BUT, if you do need more convincing, I will give you my thoughts as well.
As I said before, I really don’t have anything negative to say about it. I loved it, in its own weird way, and it was one of the best contemporary books I read this year, which is saying something because I read A LOT of contemporary books. I think the best part of this book was the humor. Mim has a way of writing which just makes you want to laugh. It makes you HAPPY, despite the fact that there are some really serious topics that Mim is dealing with.
And I loved how it made me happy. It’s different from a cute fluffy book making me happy: that just makes me squeal with cuteness. This book made me happy from the humor and the awesome journey Mim was on. Along Mim’s way to her mom, she goes through so much. Not only does she meet people she will never forget–good and bad people–but she also develops in wonderful way.
She’s still a sarcastic, humorous girl at the end of the story who has many flaws, but you just feel how she changes. You’ll know what I’m talking about if you read the book. WHICH YOU SHOULD DO. This book seriously deserves much more hype than it’s been getting, and I can not wait to pick up David Arnold’s future books. I know he’s writing another one called Kids of Appetite, but I don’t know when it’s coming out…
In conclusion: read this book. Its so unique and diverse. The characters are so much fun to read about; even if they seem kind of unbelievable at first, the writing is clever and Mim does not only talk to you but she also writes to another character (which you will learn more about if you read it) and this deals with heavy topics (suicide, mental illness) in a great way that is both heartbreaking but nicely written.
I know I literally only gushed about this book, but its so great. You need to read it if you’re looking for something unique and diverse. ❤
5 stars. Duh.
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