After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the “wastelands” of Mississippi, where she lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and new stepmom. Before the dust has a chance to settle, she learns her mother is sick back in Cleveland.
So she ditches her new life and hops aboard a northbound Greyhound bus to her real home and her real mother, meeting a quirky cast of fellow travelers along the way. But when her thousand-mile journey takes a few turns she could never see coming, Mim must confront her own demons, redefining her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane.
Let’s start off by saying thank you to my lovely friend Sophie for sending me this book! She knew I’d love it, and she was so right. You can read her (PERFECT!) review here.
As with Sophie, I adored Mim! She’s so sassy and exactly the way a female should be – able to stand on her on two feet but also appreciate love and those she comes across. I love how she could find a friend in any good person, but at the same time (as Sophie says) take no crap from anyone.
And I would just like to point out. This book is a road trip book. It qualifies. This may seem like a small thing, but I adore road trip books. If you want to know how much, go and read my review of An Abundance of Katherine’s and see how much it annoyed me that I didn’t get what I was promised!
But I have to say it…David Arnold provided. All the characters you’d meet on the way, scenes in buses and cars, and especially those pages full of just simple miles-to-go writing…made it exactly what I was looking for.
I don’t know how else to explain my love for this book, you really should go and grab yourself a copy and just join me. It’s one of those books that you can’t really describe with words. It’s one of those books you simply just have to appreciate. It’s a life lesson, full of emotion and horribly lovely honesty. Brutal, beautiful truth. A contradiction of the best kind.
Overall, I definitely have to give this book 5 moons. It’s going to stay in my heart for a long, long time.
5 out of 5 moons
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May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽