David Arnold

fiction contemporary young adult
emotional reflective slow-paced

336 pages | first published 2015

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.

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adventurous 76%
emotional 66%
funny 47%
reflective 42%
hopeful 33%
inspiring 33%
lighthearted 23%
sad 23%
challenging 14%
dark 14%
mysterious 9%


medium 66%
slow 19%
fast 14%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 85% | A mix: 14%

Strong character development?

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Loveable characters?

Yes: 60% | No: 30% | It's complicated: 10%

Diverse cast of characters?

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Flaws of characters a main focus?

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