Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Source:I snagged a free ARC copy at ALA Midwinter 2015. This didn't affect my honest review.
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Goodreads Synopsis: "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.
Here is why...
Mim is one of the most unique and memorable characters I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. I love her. She along with the people she meets on her journey are each in their own way rich, lively, real, strong, and memorable.
The writing in Mosquitoland is one of a kind. It. Is. Beautiful.
Mim goes on one hell of a journey that you need to witness. It's full of surprises, good and bad.
Mosquitoland is more than just a book. Read it and you will see what I am talking about. I can't even put it into words.
The Bottom Line: Mosquitoland is perfection. It is a MUST read.