Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers (March 3, 2015)
Cover Rating: <3 <3 <3
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.
Mosquitoland by David Arnold is another book this year that I DNF’ed. Simply put Mim was a nasty, vindictive and condescending character. Yes I know this book is suppose to be about mental illness–the new issue that is taking YA by storm but unfortunately there are way better books that I’ve read than this.
Sorry but David Arnold you’re not the next John Green no matter how hard you try. Seriously, Mim comes off at pretentious and self-involved. She’s too cool for cool. Just because you listen to only oldies or vinyl doesn’t mean you get to talk and look down on people. Nor do you need to tell people how much better you are because you’re “cool”.
On top of that I was over the whole “War Paint” thing. Just because you have Native American in your bloodline doesn’t give you the right to mock your heritage. Although the way this book is written it’s obvious Mim doesn’t know a damn thing about her heritage.
I know as a PoC I’m kinda of sick and tired of author and publishers not doing the proper research about minorities. Often than times the authors get it wrong. Second these YA books are filled with stereotypical references that have nothing to do with said group. Just because you’re trying to get on the whole WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS bandwagon doesn’t give you the right to half-ass it. Do the DAMN RESEARCH. Come on these books go in the hands of impressible teens.
Which brings me to the point where I gave up on this book. Mim is suffering from mental illness or at least her father thinks so. But somewhere along the way Mim decide to stop taking her medicine which results in hallucination. I urge teens that are on medication not to do this. Please consult your doctor.
Another issue I have is the fact that Mim treats a Down Syndrome boy like garbage. Pretty much calling him a pet and taking him to a vet when he gets sick. Not only is that wrong but downright deplorable. People with Down Syndrome are like you and me and deserve to be treat with kind and compassion as well as respect. This was the breaking point for me.
Honestly, I don’t understand the rave reviews. It’s like the readers just forget that these events take place in this book. Sorry but I will not recommend Mosquitoland to anyone. Please stay far away from this book. 🙁