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Mosquitoland

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on 28 October 2015

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Mosquitoland
Walt: a teenager of indeterminate age with downs syndrome, who really likes rubiks cubes
antagonists
poncho man: a creepy, perverted middle aged man who terrorizes and violates mim in the first half of the novel
The main plot of the book focuses on mim's travels across the country. after over-hearing about her mother's illness, mim decides to finally ditch the dusty landscapes of mississippi(or as she calls it, mosquitoland) to be with her mother.
Moquitoland is a slice-of-life teen fiction novel, set largely in a greyhound bus going from mississippi to ohio, in the united states.
a novel by David arnold
A prezi by Abigial Hiatt
General Information
Our Protagonist, mim malone
mosquitoland is told in the first-person point of view, and is told to us by mary iris Malone, or mim for short.

Mim is a troubled 16 year old girl from cleveland who's not especially happy with how her life is going, blaming it entirely on her father and her 'evil' step mother, Kathy.
Other characters
Beck: a college student on the run from his own past, who's a bit reckless and quite immature
The gas-station boyfriends: Albert, an overweight, laid-back man; ahab, a black-belt
karate student who runs
the gas station with albert.
arlene: a sweet old lady mim
meets on the bus, ahab's
aunt
isabel: Mim's deceased aunt,
the one mim writes to throughout the
novel
caleb: a dark, violent teen who was with walt towards the beginning of his introduction
Kathy and mim's father: the bane of mim's existance. Mim's father never understood her nor his sister, while kathy is hellbent on destroying what used to be a happy family...right?
Mim herself: throughout the novel, mim is unsure of what is real and what is fiction, due to her psychosis
plot: the setup
She takes some of her stepmother's money, a notebook
that she's meant to use as a journal, and the clothes on her back, and gets on a bus to cleveland ohio.
Plot part 2
along her travels, mim meets many people, both friend and foe. She faces more than one life-threatening situation, from the bus crashing to a near stabbing by an unstable teen. That's not the only conflict she faces, however: her own mind is playing tricks on her.
With the help of newfound allies, mim makes the thousand-mile journey to her mother, along the way discovering things about herself, her pereception of sanity, and even love.
Plot: My personal favorite scene
My favorite scene happens towards the end of the book. when mim is almost upon her mother, she runs across kathy. i won't spoil too much, but i will say that the scene is heartfelt and sincere, and completely changes how we percieve the past events that mim pines over. it really nails in what we already knew: that mim is quite an unreliable protagonist.
other favorite scenes include: the gas station scene, the scene where mim sees her mother, and the baseball game
Point of view
mosquitoland is told through a variety of methods ranging from outright third person narration to journAL ENTRIES. hOWEVER, IT IS CONSITENTLY CLEAR THAT MIM IS THE FIRST-PERSON PROTAGONIST, EVEN AS SHE NARRATES TO HERSELF IN A THIRD PERSON WAY.

THE PRIMARY METHOD IS STILL BASIC FIRST-PERSON NARRATION, HOWEVER.
MY PERSONAL OPINION
THE GOOD
-mIM IS A WONDERFUL PROTAGONIST. sHE'S VERY LIKABLE DESPITE HER STRANGE, COLD DEMEANOR AND SNARKY NATURE. HER FLAWS ARE BELIEVABLE AND WELL EXECUTED, ND WHILE SHE MAKES MISTAKES IN JUDGEMENT, SHE IS EASY TO RELATE TO.
-THE PLOT IS VERY INTERESTING AND UNIQUELY STRUCTURED. THE WAY THE AUTHOR CONVEYS WHAT IS HAPPENING AND THE CHAIN OF EVENTS THAT FOLLOWS IS EASY TO READ ABD ENGAGING. THE PLOT IS ALSO UNIQUE, WITH PLENTY OF TWISTS AND TURNS.
-THE OTHER SIDE CHARACTERS ARE INTERESTING AS WELL: THEY LEAVE ENOUGH OF AN IMPRESSION TO REMEMBER THEIR NAMES(FOR THE MOST PART), THEIR PERSONALITIES ARE WELL DEFINED, AND THE ONES THAT STICK WITH MIM ARE QUITE LIKABLE AND CHARMING.
-THE REPRESENTATION OF MENTAL ILLNESS, SEXUALITY, AND OTHER SUCH THINGS ARE HANDLED RESPECTIVELY(MOSTLY) AND RE INCLUSIVE OF EVERYONE, WHICH IS REFRESHING
THE BAD
-THE AGE GAP BETWEEN MIM AND BECK, WHILE NOT AWFUL, IS A BIT UNEASY. THE IDEA OF A 21 YEAR OLD WAITING FOR A 16 YEAR OLD TO BE OLD ENOUGH TO DATE IS SLIGHTLY OFFPUTTING, AND COULD PROMOTE POTIENTIALLY UNHEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS
-THE WHOLE SCENE AT THE VET'S OFFICE COULD BE OFFENSIVE. MIM AND BECK TAKE WALT O A VET AFTER HE GETS FOOD POSIONING AND NO OTHER OFFICES ARE OPEN. THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN FINE, SAVE FOR THE FEW LINES WHERE MIM AND BECK COMPARE WALT TO A PET. THE BOOK AS A WHOLE HANDLES DOWNS SYNDROME WELL, SO THIS SCENE WAS OUT OF PLACE AND MORE MEAN-SPIRITED THAN FUNNY.
-THE INSTANCES OF MIM BEING AN UNRELIABLE PROTAGONIST ARE WELL HANDLD, ENGAGING, AND VERY INTERESTING AND REFRESHING TO READ.
-THERE WERE SOME SCENES THAT SERVED AS ONLY FILLER, AND DID NOT MOVE THE PLOT ALONG. THIS ISN'T A TERRIBLE THING IN A NOVEL LIKE THIS, BUT IT CAN GET TIRING AFTR A WHILE.
OVERALL
MOSQUITOLAND IS A WELL WRITTEN, INTERESTING SLICE-OF-LIFE STORY EXPLORING THE INNER THOUGHTS OF A NOT-SO-TYPICAL TEENAGE GIRL. WHILE IT DOES HAVE SOME FLAWS, IT MAKES UP FOR IT WITH LIKABLE CHARACTERS, INTERESTING TWISTS, AND GOOD WRITING.
Thanks for your attention!
I hope my presenation was entertaining!
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