The book Mosquitoland by David Arnold is a beautiful literary piece that you can carry with you the next time you go an adventure. The book is about Mary Iris Malone, also known as Mim, who embarks on a journey via a Greyhound bus to reunite with her real family after knowing that her mother is sick. She runs into various people—some gut-wrenching foul, others heartwarming and loveable. Mim uncovers too many secrets to count and gets a little help from green-eyed, attractive college student Beck and Walt, a boy with Downs Syndrome, who just might steal your heart. She’s vulnerable, witty, slightly cynical, and she’s in trouble.
Mim is clearly shown suffering from psychological problems that run in the family. However, it’s the narrative that Mim provides – her realistic, life-is-not-sunshine-and-rainbows attitude that draws readers into her adventure. Mosquitoland is a young-adult book that is unusual, eccentric, refreshingly sarcastic and will have you questioning things you may not have thought about in a while.
Input: Prajal Narain