This is a novel of substance and despair.
It is a collection of oddities, and strange ones at that. It is the story of a displaced epiglottis and partial blindness and willful dissidence (read: teenage angst). It is the story of being miles from okay and learning to actually be okay with that.
Mary Iris Malone, or Mim, in acronym form, is sixteen years old and she is not okay. In fact, she is 947 miles from okay. She has recently moved to the land of mosquitoes and her dad has lost her mother (and found a replacement at a Denny’s). When she learns that her mother is ill, the only solution seems to be to take a Greyhound bus to find her.
Beginning in Mississippi and ending in Ohio, Mosquitoland is a brilliant young adult road trip novel featuring a memorable heroine, one who is as maddening as she is charming. It’s equal parts about the journey as it is about the destination – who we meet, what we want, where we ‘re from, where we’re going, and where we find home. And that’s as it should be. Sardonic, charming, quirky, memorable, a must read for anyone who has ever realized that getting from here to there is not as easy as it seems. Read it.
(I am 2,036 miles from where I started and I still don’t know if I’m okay.)
Pair this one with the ultimate – in my and Mim’s opinion – road trip food. Potato Chips. Make them at home before you go (or be daring and grab a bag from a random store).
*I received a review copy of my novel in exchange for my honest opinion.