Mosquitoland was an odd book for me. I knew right away that if it got into the blogosphere enough, it would be a new trend book like The Fault in Our Stars. It’s full of so much deep thought and quirky opinions that it’s like, what’s not to love? But my feelings on it were pretty so-so. It was an instance that either I was absolutely loving it, or I was just annoyed.
Mim is a pretty stand-up main character. For those that like strong female leads, she’s your girl. She has a no-nonsense attitude that young girls will love, but still has a tender and loving side for those in the book that need help. I enjoyed almost all of the other characters in the book, and I love how- without making this the main plot- it showed two different sides of mental illness: the manageable more common side, and the feared side most people think of when they find out someone’s mentally ill.
However, what I didn’t like was Mim’s interactions with anyone she decided she didn’t like. Either someone was ‘in’ or ‘out’ and if they were out, they were treated like a zombie-sheep idiot. And most of them responded in the way a normal person would to a kid trying to fast-talk them, but she just thought herself so superior, it was rather annoying. During her inner thought sessions, I was thinking “wow, what a strong girl,” but anytime she’d talk to an adult, I was thinking “someone needs to knock this little punk down a peg.”
I’m going to rate it a three because I didn’t like half of Mim’s character, the writing sessions, and a lot of what really wasn’t believable, but don’t be discouraged! I strongly believe there are people out there that would absolutely adore this book, and you may be one of them!
A cute cover, interesting premise, and feature in one of my favorite magazines had me really excited to read I Take You, and I wasn’t disappointed. Although Lily Wilder is incredibly irresponsible, childish, and slutty, I didn’t hate her as much as I anticipated. The entire book was set in the first person with Lily as the narrator, and when I started reading I thought “oh, well if it was third person that’d be fine, but spending an entire book in this nutjob’s head? That’s not going to work out.” But somehow, Lily’s shallow, irresponsible thoughts didn’t take away from the enjoyment of the book. Tangled in disaster as it was, I Take You had a very light and enjoyable tone, and it was exactly what I was looking for when I picked it up.
I think the worst thing about I Take You was its believability. I went into it already not expecting realism (because I like to think that all brides-to-be are loyal, faithful, responsible adults,) but there were some points in the book where I was thinking “absolutely no way would that ever happen.” Especially with the convenience of the ending; it was just too much of a coincidence! Actually, Lily’s whole relationship with her fiance was a coincidence. But, again, I wasn’t expecting to believe in this book, so all of this is forgivable.
My absolute favorite thing about the book was Freddy, Lily’s best friend. She breaks the trend of so many shallow, stupid, bookish best friends (a real pet peeve of mine) and was not only nonjudgmental to Lily’s behavior, she was always looking out for Lily and gave her amazing advice. Usually in a book, you get a smart, quirky, interesting main character that has a boy-crazy, fashion-obsessed, very basic best friend, but this book actually reversed the two roles, which made it very interesting for me.
Overall, I Take You was an enjoyable and cute read, and I’d be interested to see what others thought about it!
I received this copy from NetGalley in return for an honest review.
I was recommended this book by a friend who knew how much I loved The Language of Flowers, Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s debut novel, and received We Never Asked for Wings from NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Similar to The Language of Flowers, We Never Asked for Wings is widely about family and personal growth, and it was wonderful to watch the main character, Letty, as she learned about her own children after being abandoned by their former caretaker. It was sweet and refreshing to see her slowly change from a selfish, childish, dependent individual into a caring and (mostly) responsible mother, and I think the change was done excellently. Know how in some books there’s a chapter midway through talking about all of the changes that’ve happened and a person’s new schedule? It’s hard to explain but it happens a lot. Not in this book, though: the change in Letty’s character is so gradual and realistic that by the end she is a completely different person, and all without the middle montage.
The children in the book were wonderful, too. Smart and completely realistic- not always knowing what they needed but loving Letty even though they knew it wasn’t her. I also liked the way Letty’s mother was characterized. She was controlling and caring all mixed in one, making Letty’s thoughts on her as complicated as a real daughter’s thoughts would be.
Overall, this book is just completely real. We Never Asked for Wings is a story about a realistic family and a woman’s change into a mother after years of doing her own thing. It was a sweet and refreshing read, good for someone angry at their parents or missing home.