Mosquitoland by David Arnold
Release Date: 3 March, 2015
Penguin Young Readers Group
Brutally honest and habitually snarky, Mim Malone lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and new stepmom. But when she learns that her mother is sick, she ditches her new life and hops a Greyhound bus to her real home and real mother. As her thousand-mile odyssey 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 the start of an incredibly exciting career for David Arnold.
This is certainly an interesting start, which throws you into the deep end of Mim’s life pretty fast. Told half through letters she’s writing to her aunt, we see Mim called into the principal’s office where she overhears that her mother is ill. Not the best way to hear such news, and it takes Mim directly home (never actually going into the office) to pack a bag and take what money she can find, and head straight to the greyhound buses. She’s going to find her mum herself (her parents are divorced) and sort things out.
Mim is an electric character. She has a vibrant way with words and Arnold writes her with a deft hand, allowing the audience to see the world through her eyes. With Mim, you slowly piece together her family life and what things have been kept from her, though you have your suspicions.
I’ll certainly be looking out for this book when it comes out March 3rd, because I have to know what happens to poor Mim.