MOSQUITOLAND - A Novel by David Arnold

I was strolling the aisles of Barnes and Noble the other day, looking for a novel to read. I didn't know what I was looking for. Something adventurous yet inspirational, I suppose. I picked up 7 books...and unfortunately, I had to narrow it down to one. That one was Mosquitoland, a novel by David Arnold.

The cover was mesmerizing. Not to judge a book by it's cover, but both the outside and inside cover gave off the aesthetic of Americana nights. What caught me by surprise was how it was called a "modern American odyssey." That captivated me considering I'm going on an odysseys soon myself!

It's all about a "not okay" girl named Mimi Malone, going on a road trip across the US to visit her sick mom in Cleveland. Along the way, she meets some interesting people and learns more about herself. I don't wanna give anything away, but let's just say the trip doesn't go as planned.

I really enjoyed this, which is a shock because it's either hit or miss with me and young adult literature. Mimi is one of those characters that makes me want to pack a backpack of a few essentials and go on an adventure. She makes me want to face my fears. I felt ready to embark on a journey, you know? Very good read. 8.5/10

Pros: An easy, quick read. Always captivating. Very quotable. True to what it claims to be: a "modern american odyssey."
Cons: Not a lot of character introduction and background information. Some small plot holes / confusing moments, but you get more clarification as you read more.