Review: Mosquitoland

Book Review

: Mosquitoand

Author: David Arnold

Publisher: Viking Children’s

Publish Date: March 3rd, 2015

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mental Health

“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.

Mosquitoland was slightly confusing at times, the premise was very intriguing but I don’t think the author executed it well.

Mosquitoland deals with a teenage girl going through family problems. She ends up running away away from her family in order to see her mom. It was really interesting reading about all of the adventures Mim had on her way to see her mom. She also makes new friends along the way, who were extremely sweet.

I loved the characters in Mosquitoland especially, Mim since she was really funny and sarcastic at times. Although her Dad and Stepmother are made out to be the bad guys, they didn’t really come off as bad to me. We also meet Walt who is really the sweetest kid around and Beck, whom Mim has a crush on. There are also a bunch of side-characters along the way who help Mim out. We also do get to meet Mim’s mom, but she was a disappointment for me I thought she would be slightly cooler considering Mim basically worshipped her.

Mosquitoland also deals with mental illnesses. I think this is the part where the author kind of fell through with that. It’s never really stated what mental illness Mim has, she obviously has one since it’s kind of the main conflict in the book + she takes pills for it. I think Mim may have had schizophrenia, but I’m not entirely sure since the author doesn’t outright say anything about her mental illness.

This book also felt really long at certain points. It’s composed of Mim’s letters which had the tendency to be a little scattered sometimes. There’s also a lot of interior monologue, in which Mim goes on really long stories, that aren’t necessary for the plot. Some of these parts made it hard to get into the book and it made the plot really confusing at times.

Overall I think Mosquitoland is a really good book centered around family and friendships.

Categories Ratings
Plot & Premise 3/5 Cauldrons
Characters 4/5 Cauldrons
Writing Style 3/5 Cauldrons
Romance 3.5/5 Cauldrons
Friendships 5/5 Cauldrons



3.5/5 Cauldrons


I love reading books of all genres, especially young adult. I am currently a freshman in high school, which takes up the majority of my time. I love watching Supernatural and listening to music by FOB, P!ATD, Halsey, Florence + The Machine, etc. I would love to be go into the medical field when I graduate high school.
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