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Mosquitoland af David Arnold
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Mosquitoland (original 2015; udgave 2015)

af David Arnold

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"When she learns that her mother is sick in Ohio, Mim confronts her demons on a thousand-mile odyssey from Mississippi that redefines her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane"--
Medlem:stacyastokes
Titel:Mosquitoland
Forfattere:David Arnold
Info:Viking Children's, Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:*****
Nøgleord:Ingen

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Mosquitoland af David Arnold (2015)

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This was one of those books where I almost feel like I lived it, rather than just reading words printed on a page. I was sad when it ended because I wanted to spend more time with Mim, Walt, and Beck. ( )
  LimeadeIsLife | Sep 25, 2021 |
Far too many mentions of Mim's epiglottis. ( )
  mbellucci | Apr 10, 2021 |
Unbelievable odyssey

Full review to follow. At the moment I need the ridiculousness of the story to marinate. A thought provoking YA novel that doesn't disappoint. ( )
  marquis784 | Mar 1, 2021 |
3.5 Still searching for the perfect YA book that is age appropriate and has lots of discussable issues. This isn't it, though it is pretty entertaining, and generally "clean" despite lots of f-bombs. Mim (her acryname --clever! for Mary Iris Malone) has had a world of upheaval in the previous year: She is 16, her parents split up, her father, Barry re-married Kathy Sherone-Malone, a waitress from Dennys, moved them all from Cleveland to Mississippi, and her mother Eve, still in Cleveland is seriously ill and no longer accepting Mim's calls or writing her letters. "I think about how quickly things have changed for me. But that's the personality of change isn't it? When it's slow it's called growth. When it's fast it's called change. And God, how things change: some things, nothings, anythings, everythings....all the things change." (230) Mim has never been that stable to begin with and her father has often exacerbated that due to his own fear of his sister Isabel's mental illness. So Mim is currently medicated and also full of teen angst and righteousness and after overhearing her dad and Kathy talking to the prinicipal of her new school, (where she is not exactly fitting in), Mim bolts and hops a Greyhound back to Cleveland to try to find out the mystery of her Mom's health. The journey is full of interesting, funny and frightening events: a bus crash, a pedophile (who gets what he deserves) a Downs syndrome boy, Walt, living on his own in the woods, and finally Beck Van Buren, the soul mate she finds in seat 17C. The trio complete the second half of the journey together by truck and all of them are seeking something. Part journal entry, part flashback, part present-time narrative all told in Mim's voice make for an intricate plot that resolves nicely. Mim is artsy, brash, gutsy, glib and smart -- all good qualities in a heroine and she is striving in her imperfect way in challenging circumstances to stay true to her mother's counsel: "Have a vision, unclouded by fear." Her final meet-up with her mother is disappointing (to her) but I won't spoil the reasons why. It's important to come to the conclusion with Mim -- there are some other surprises too that get revealed at the end and the book surges with hope for a fresh start and acceptance of the past. In regards to the people in her life, especially Beck, Mim concludes: "Sometimes being with gets overlooked, I think." The writing is fresh and thoughtful and Mim is an authentic character who requires some extra energy on the part of the (older) reader, but the effort pays off. ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
Wow, what a great read. Fast-paced and super engaging, and Arnold's writing is so witty and funny. However, this is a book that you either love or hate. I can see how some might find the protagonist, Mim, annoying for even offensive. Admittedly, Mim is a selfish character, but I loved her regardless. Of course, no realistic teenager can pull out beautiful metaphors out of nowhere, nor can they come up with a snarky comment for every interaction, but I think this only added to how great this book is. There was not a single chapter in which I was bored. Finished it in a day. Highly recommend, but if you're afraid you won't like it, read some critical reviews and see if it'll be too much for you. ( )
  Keziah_456 | Sep 28, 2020 |
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