- Age Range: 12 and up
- Grade Level: 7 - 9
- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Speak; Reprint edition (March 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780147513656
- ISBN-13: 978-0147513656
- ASIN: 0147513650
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 210 customer reviews
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Accolades for Mosquitoland:
"Arnold proves his worth as a top-notch storyteller on his first literary go-round, which is reminiscent of Ferris Bueller's Day Off if done by John Hughes with Jack Kerouac. . . Mosquitoland stings in all the right places, which is why it will no doubt be many teenagers' new favorite book and win over the crustiest old-timer, too." —USA Today
"David Arnold combines brio with compassion in this captivating first novel, which holds surprises, big and small, right to the end. . . Illuminating" —The Washington Post
"David Arnold's sparkling, startling, laugh-out-loud debut. . . speaks to the sweetness of life, the courage of love and the blinkers that adolescents may need to remove to see what is truly around them." —Wall Street Journal
"It's a breath of fresh air when a novel like David Arnold's Mosquitoland bucks the usual classifications and stands defiantly alone. . . like any odyssey worth embarking on, what the heroine—and the reader—finds along the way is far more interesting than we ever could have expected.” —Entertainment Weekly
"One of the most talked about books of the year" —Teen Vogue
"In Mosquitoland, David Arnold has created one of the most unique narrative voices to show up in the world of young adult fiction. I don't remember life before Mim, and I don't want to. Mosquitoland is equal parts sharp, sad, and surreal. This book is genius, war paint and all."
—John Corey Whaley, Printz-winning author of Where Things Come Back
“David Arnold’s writing is both heartfelt and hilarious. You will fall in love with Mim, even as her grand journey will keep you guessing. Mosquitoland reminds us that sometimes imperfect is just perfect.”
—Ruta Sepetys, New York Times bestselling author of Between Shades of Gray
★ “Arnold pens a stunning debut, showcasing a cast of dynamic characters. . . Mesmerizing.” —Kirkus, starred review
★ “Wholly enjoyable. . . There is no shortage of humor in Mim’s musings, interspersed with tender scenes and a few heart-pounding surprises. Mim’s triumphant evolution is well worth the journey.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
★ "Arnold boldly tackles mental illness and despair, and sexual assault and sexual identity, without ever once losing the bigheartedness of the story. . . In the words of one of Mim's Greyhound seatmates, Mosquitoland has pizazz—lots and lots of it." —Booklist, starred review
★ "Arnold’s characters are captivating and believable. . . This is a very engaging and compelling story about individuals who succeed or fail to manage life’s challenges. An action-packed thriller with a touch of humor and romance." —School Library Connection, starred review
★ "Arnold skillfully sets up doubts in readers' minds about how reliable Mim's impressions are, even as her razor-sharp humor and intelligence make us want to believe her. David Arnold is a write to watch." —Shelf Awareness, starred review
“A YA road trip novel that takes you across the country, with a protagonist on her way to visit her hospitalized mother. And can we talk about that gorgeous cover for a second? My goodness. Get me a poster, right now.” —The Huffington Post
"A wacky road trip. . . [Mim's] voice is so singular and full of heart" —The Horn Book
"A strong emphasis on personal alienation and the saving grace of community permeates this voice-driven novel, and the whip-smart narration is seductive and powerful." —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"A classic road trip narrative. . . written with tenderness" —National Post (Canada)
“First-time novelist David Arnold has uncannily captured the voice of a 16-year-old girl with beauty and style in Mosquitoland. . . Arnold’s prose is delicious as he peels back each of Mim’s layers on her long ride.” —BookPage
“You know those books that, despite being realistic contemporary, just transport you into another world entirely? That’s exactly the experience of reading Arnold’s debut. . . This book makes me wish I were a school librarian, just so I could buy ten copies for my collection.” —Barnes & Noble Teen Blog
“Arnold has already been chosen with nine other debut novelists for the ABA Indies New Voices list, and that’s not an honor given lightly, so it’s definitely a book to keep your eye on.” —Bustle
- Kids' Indie Next List "Top Ten" Pick (Spring 2015)
- ABA Indies Introduce Debut Authors and New Voices title
- A Junior Library Guild selection
- 2015 Great Lakes Great Reads award winner
- A Publishers Weekly Spring 2015 Flying Start
- Booklist Editors’ Choice 2015
- A Booklist Top 10 First Novel for Youth: 2015
- A Kirkus Unforgettable Debut 2015
- An Amazon Best Book of the Year 2015
- An NPR Book Concierge Best of 2015
- A BookPage Best Teen Book of 2015
- A Bustle Best YA Book of 2015
- A Paste Magazine Best YA Book of 2015
- A Buzzfeed Best YA Book of 2015
- A Hudson Booksellers Best Book for Young Readers 2015
About the Author
David Arnold lives in Lexington, KY, with his (lovely) wife and (boisterous) son. Previous jobs include freelance musician/producer, stay-at-home dad, and preschool teacher. He is a fierce believer in the power of kindness and community. And chips. He believes fiercely in chips. Mosquitoland is his first novel.
You can learn more at davidarnoldbooks.com and follow him on twitter @roofbeam.
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I read Kids of Appetite, and fell in love with Arnold's writing. Mosquitoland has more of that beautiful writing, which just wrapped around me and brought me into Mim's world.
Because I am Mary Iris Malone, and I am not okay.
Mary, aka Mim, had been relocated, and in a blink of an eye, her recently divorced father was remarried. Then something happened, we don't know what, but this "event" turned Mim's life inside out, and she fled her home in search of her mother.
Sometimes you walk into a room one person and when you come out the other side, you're someone else altogether.
I greatly enjoyed this journey of self discovery that I took with Mim as she fled from one truth to find another. Along the way, she made some wonderful friends. Each of these friends was unique and special, and helped Mim along the way.
I'm done roaming hillsides. I've scoured the corners of the earth. And I've found my people.
This being my second Arnold book, solidified in my mind what a wonderful wordsmith he is. I quite love his writing style, and the characters he writes! They are all poetically flawed, but overall perfect. He deftly took me through just about every emotion, and I cared. I cared so much about these people, and their lives, and how it was all going to turn out. He also always has these inspiring moments in his books.
Live your effing life. Do so with gusto, because my God, there's nothing sorrier than a gusto-less existence. Know yourself. Be a good friend. Be a kid of hope and substance. Be a kid of appetite
See what I mean?
"and twas and always thus" another great book from David Arnold, which is leaving me wanting more of his work.
Mosquitoland centers on a 16-year-old sass-a-frass named Mim. Mim is the type of girl that meets the world head on. She says exactly what is on her mind and thinks she can size a person up just by knowing their name. Mim, of course, decides to run away from home because her mom is living in Cleveland and has come down with a mysterious illness that Mim overhears her dad and stepmom talking about.
Without a second thought, Mim hops on board a dirty Greyhound bus and meets a variety of interesting characters along the way. The book review that I read compared Mim’s journey to the cult-classic, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, but I completely disagree. Mim’s journey is one of self-discovery that is at once both depressing and inspiring. I was also impressed by the fact that the plot had some surprises in store for me because I am rarely caught off guard by a young adult novel.
I’ll admit, there were times that I was frustrated with Mim as a character, but you couldn’t help but respect her straightforward observations about life. Wordsmiths will also be treated to several lyrical nuggets that highlight Arnold’s true gift with language.
“In the movie of my life, I have scenes and dialogue, rather than experiences and discussions. Instead of friends, a cast; instead of places, a setting. At this moment–a definite move moment–I blink in slow motion. The camera zooms in on my eyes as I drink in the enigmatic 17C. The audience sits in silent wonder, a combination of hope, sadness, and wistful longing for romance stirring in their bellies. Alas, the girl is leaving, and the boy is staying, and ‘twas always thus. The likelihood of their stories intertwining again doesn’t make for a very believable plot. Though I suppose that depends on a person’s definition of believable.”
— David Arnold
This is a hard book to review because I am not really sure how I feel about it. I flew through the story and it touched on several topics that I didn't expect. I think that I should say while I liked this book a lot, it wasn't what I thought it would be. I was expecting something comedic and comical, but instead I got a powerful narrative about what it means to grow up in the American Midwest. While there was a funny side to Mim (her commentary about the people of America today) most of what I saw in Mim was heartbreaking and emotional. She isn't really running away from home (which is what I initially thought), she is more searching for herself and the rest of her life through the American Midwest. The story has themes of sexual assault, mental health, and death. I know that YA novels can feature these themes, but I have never seen them wrapped up into a package like Mosquitoland, being that it doesn't seem like the novel to include these subjects.
“‘You don’t have to tell me about your letters, Mim. They may be private, and if that’s the case, you tell me to mind my own business. But don’t say I won’t believe you. You’d be surprised what I believe these days.’”
— David Arnold
The characters were as crucial to the story as the road trip itself. The way that David wrote the characters makes for an interesting amount of known and unknown information. While we know broad details about characters like Walt and Beck, there is still a layer of mystery to them which makes the reader want to know more. A character that stood out to me was Arlene because of the mysterious circumstances in which she leaves the wooden box. There is not really a lot of information, but I think that leaving a section of the book open for interpretation is a good way to engage the reader in the text and the story. Just as Mim goes on this journey, I feel that the reader goes on the journey with her. When Mim meets someone we are meeting them for the first time as well, just as we talk to people we just meet, David keeps the writing just as it would play out in the real world (conversations and what we choose to share with each other). A majority of this book deals with the issues and problems we have with being open with others. The mother not being open with her daughter, the daughter not being open with her stepmother and father, two passengers on a Greyhound bus, ect. I think that these conversations with a lack of depth make the narrative seem more authentic to the way people connect with each other through conversations.
“It’s an odd feeling, being chagrinned by your own generation. Long ago, I traded my pie-in-the-sky idealism–as it relates to what people are like and what they are interested in–for a more realistic worldview. It all starts in middle school. Friends with interesting quirks, like double-jointed thumbs, or overactive gastrointestinal reactions to Cheez Whiz, suddenly strive to hide the very things that make them interesting. Before you know it, you’re in high school, wondering if you’re the only one who actually read Brave New World, rather than its summary on Wikipedia. Or you’re just sitting in the cafeteria, pondering the complexities of the latest Christopher Nolan film while the nearest table of cheerleaders discusses whatever reality TV show is popular this week, then argues over who gives the more efficient blow job. I used to remind myself that it was only high school. Surely, the real world would be different. But I’m beginning to wonder if the whole damn planet hasn’t been Wikipedia’d.”
— David Arnold
In conclusion, I just want to thank David for the journey that this book details. Even though it was an unexpected adventure, I think that it was worth it for the exploration of what it means to be okay and how in the wake of heartbreak, there is always somewhere else to go, whether that be a physical place or a mental state of mind. (Also, thank you for that KOA easter egg.)