Book Review: Mosquitoland

Mosquitoland by David Arnold

4.5 ♥ 5


Blurb: Told in an unforgettable, kaleidoscopic voice, “Mosquitoland” is a modern American odyssey, as hilarious as it is heartbreaking.

“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.”
What is this book about?

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.

My thoughts:

There are some books which stay with you, like a bright day amongst dark choas. This is one of them. The main character, the star of this book is something else entirely. In parts heart and in parts snark.

Mim is stunning

There haven’t been many gutsy female leads in books lately, Mim is one of those  fictional character whom you admire and wish were real.And most of all she is interesting, you want to find about her. The other character mesh well and really bring the story together.

David Arnold and his engaging writing really pushes this book to greatness. It’s sad a gem of a book like this ain’t more out there compared other hyped books (ahem.. We were liars) .

This semi road trip/ coming-of-age book will touch your heart, laugh hard and make you think . It sure is one hell of a book to miss.

A brilliant read, with almost every other page with anecdotes.

PS: There is a high possibility that I am in love with David Arnold’s writing and Mim too. Do not miss this one!

I’ll leave you with this amazing quote from the book.


“Life, it seems, delivers the best punch lines only after we’ve forgotten we were part of a joke.”

my read shelf:
This fish likes to read's book recommendations, liked quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists (read shelf)

—Take care, happy reading!—

“Books fall open, you fall in.When you climb out again,you’re a bit larger than you used to be.” – Gregory Maguire  



One comment

We need to talk

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s