Mosquitoland by David Arnold
"Her parents split up. Her dad remarried and dragged her to Mississippi. And she finds out her mom is sick back in Ohio. So Mim picks up her life and catched a Greyhound bus to Cleveland.
The journey takes some unexpected and hilarious turns as Mim encounters a couple of very eccentric traveling companions from all over the map. And what begins as a simple road trip turns out to be exactly what Mim needs to confront her own fears, and define for herself what it truley means to be okay."
It was obvious to me after I read this book it was one of my favorites. It's so fresh and like nothing I've read before. Mim the main character is so easy to fall in love with, she's witty, different and definitely not okay. Well at least not at the beginning of the story. She meets very loveable characters throughout the book as well, such as Arlene her bus seat partner. And Walt, her traveling sidekick. It was heartwarming and something easily read in two sittings. I didn't hear much about this book from the press, but David Arnold deserves all the credit on this amazing debut.
All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
"Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death."
"When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink."
This book killed me then brought me back to life again so I could finish it. I feel like I'm late to the game on this one but I'm glad I read it. It follows Finch and Violet from the day they're both about to jump off the bell tower all the way through the year that follows. They end up doing a project together where they have to go through their home of Indiana finding the treasures it has to offer. But always leave a piece of themselves behind. The characters bring you into the story and make you not want to leave until you read the last word. If you haven't already read this one, no matter how many times you've heard about it, give it a read.
Trouble is a Friend of mine by Stephanie Tromly
"Of course Zoe Webster didn't like Philip Digby when she first met him. No one does! He's rude and he treats her like a book he's already read and knows the ending to. But Zoe is new in town and her options for friends are . . . limited. And before she knows it, Digby--annoying, brilliant, and somehow attractive?--has dragged her into a series of hilarious and dangerous situations all related to the investigation of a missing local teen girl. When it comes to Digby, Zoe just can't say no. But is Digby's manic quest really worth all the trouble he's getting Zoe into?"
Do not be distracted by the blurb-it is not another cheesy love story. I don't even see it as a love story. It's about Digby, a better detective than the actual detectives. And Zoe, a new comer to the 'perfect' town of River Hights. Zoe finds herself solving a kidnapping with Digby who has been caught up in solving a case after an incident ten years ago. They're a strange match but they make it work. This is another debut and will make you laugh on every page.
This post is in collaboration with my very best blogging friend A Day in the Life of the Anonymous Me! Now that you're done reading my post, go on over and check her recommendations out. What are some of your favorites from the summer? Let me know in the comments!