For our 25th book club we read Mosquitoland by David Arnold, a book about a young girl named Mim who travels along a few American States to see her sick mother. Our YA book club was a little divided over the book, but more on that in the upcoming book club review. For now we recommend two other books you can try if you like Mosquitoland and road trips and at the end we have some discussion questions in case you read this one with your own book club!
Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour
A roadtrip story where love is found in unexpected places and where kids are left on their own to figure out where they’re going.
Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it’s Amy’s responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel.
Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip – and has plenty of baggage of his own.
The road home may be unfamiliar – especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory – but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.
The Wangs vs. the World
Not really romance, but a road trip story that will make you value family over everything else.
Charles Wang is mad at America. A brash, lovable immigrant businessman who built a cosmetics empire and made a fortune, he’s just been ruined by the financial crisis. Now all Charles wants is to get his kids safely stowed away so that he can go to China and attempt to reclaim his family’s ancestral lands—and his pride.
Charles pulls Andrew, his aspiring comedian son, and Grace, his style-obsessed daughter, out of schools he can no longer afford. Together with their stepmother, Barbra, they embark on a cross-country road trip from their foreclosed Bel-Air home to the upstate New York hideout of the eldest daughter, disgraced art world it-girl Saina. But with his son waylaid by a temptress in New Orleans, his wife ready to defect for a set of 1,000-thread-count sheets, and an epic smash-up in North Carolina, Charles may have to choose between the old world and the new, between keeping his family intact and finally fulfilling his dream of starting anew in China.
Outrageously funny and full of charm, The Wangs vs. the World is an entirely fresh look at what it means to belong in America—and how going from glorious riches to (still name-brand) rags brings one family together in a way money never could.
- Did you see Mim as an unreliable narrator? Did you believe everything she told you in the novel and if not, explain why?
- How does the ending of the novel change what you read before? Think of Mim’s mom and the identity of Isabel.
- Why is Mim’s warrior paint so important to her and what is your ‘warrior paint’?