Mim Malone is not okay. Her father has a new wife and Mim has had to shift from her home in Ohio to a town in Mississippi. Then she learns that her mom is sick, and that is all it takes for her to pack all her things and catch the next Greyhound. And thus starts a journey that will change her, shape her and sculpt her into something different, as she confronts her fears and solves her problems.
The book starts with a letter from Mim to Isabel, and although at the time it is not told who this Isabel character actually is, it’s a very intriguing start to the book and we learn that Mim is planning on leaving and running away to Cleveland, where her mom presently lives.
Mim really is a collection of oddities and at first I didn’t really understand her—what she was doing, why she was doing it—but as the story progresses, the little details fall into place and although this is not a suspense novel and never was to begin with, it’s interesting. Mim is the heroine of her movie and the executor of her life.
Beck, one of the main characters, was not too well developed. I liked his personality and the conversations that he and Mim had together, but it didn’t feel like he was properly fleshed out, like I was only seeing a part of him, and Mim somehow saw the full 3-D version. It wasn’t really insta-love, but I think a few days is too less to decide if you really like someone.
This book is filled with diverse characters, from Walt, who is a very sweet kid with Down syndrome, to Mim’s aunt, who is mentally sick. It was fun and entertaining, and maybe even educating, but the diverse characters were just that—diverse. Maybe too diverse. I liked that the characters were different and this book created awareness about that but is it really necessary for all of the characters to be diverse for it to be considered a diverse book?
I really liked the note on which this book ended and the message I took from it: Home isn’t necessarily a place. Nor is it always a person. Sometimes, home is just where your heart is. I would recommend this because although it is a book about mental illness and a girl who suffers with it, it is pretty clear and the narrator has a fresh and interesting voice that just propels you to continue reading.
Would I recommend? — Yes.