On May 1st, I introduced this special feature on my blog. Every Friday this month, I will continue to share posts from fellow bloggers & even a few authors focusing on the inner beauty of some of our favorite book characters. So stay tuned!
Here’s how it works: Pick either your favorite book, a book you’re currently reading, or any book really & write about what makes the main character beautiful. The best part is…this doesn’t have to be about physical beauty! Tell us about the characteristics this character possesses that makes them beautiful. Inner beauty is such a hot topic right now, especially for young females [males too!] & I want to show others that beauty comes in forms. We see it on magazine covers, on the big screen, and other various forms of media outlets, but we can also find it in the books that we read.
If you would like to join, please feel free to email me at hsheffdeld2011 at gmail dot com. I’d be thrilled to have you share your own B&aB post!
Beauty & a Book [initial post] – May 1st
Beauty & a Book [Holly Quills & Ivy] – May 5th
Beauty & a Book [Nicole Brinkley] – May 15th
Beauty & a Book [Ginger @ GReadsBooks] – May 22nd
Beauty & a Book [Leah @ Leah Lately] – May 29th
This week, I am featuring the talented author of Let’s Get Lost and the upcoming release, Never Always Sometimes, Adi Alsaid. I am so excited to have Adi as part of this Beauty & a Book feature & want to thank him so much for helping me share the beauty & a book love!
What Makes Mim Malone Beautiful
I recently finished reading Mosquitoland by David Arnold, which coincides perfectly with the topic for this blog. I love the posed question: Physicality aside, what makes a character beautiful? And it’s especially appropriate for me to analyze Mim, because Hannah Moskowitz recently tweeted that she ships me and David, so there’s that.
Look, Mim makes a lot of mistakes. She steals, she lies, she gets herself into some dangerously irresponsible situations. She’s an imperfect person, which is what makes her such a compellingly readable character.
But among her quirks and faults, there are a plethora of wonderful traits. Above it all: a good heart. Mim isn’t just a believer in kindness, she’s a crusader on its behalf. I’ll try to illustrate this without giving too many things away, because I like going into a novel knowing almost nothing about the plot and believe people get the most enjoyment out of books when they do the same. So if you haven’t read Mosquitoland yet, go do that right now. Go to your favorite bookstore or nearest library, get yourself a copy, devour it like I did, and then come back. It’s okay, we’ll wait.
Mim’s treatment of and deep care for Walt throughout the novel was one of my favorite parts of Mosquitoland. This isn’t a feel good book. There’s a lot of heavy subject matter, including grief, mental illness, imperfect families, and criminally gross dudes. But David Arnold does a masterful job of showing, through his protagonist, the good that exists in people, however complicated and flawed they may be. That you can be kind of messed up but still be a loving person. Actually, right there on page 197, Mim says, ”I cry because I love. For some reason, I always have.”
How does she run into Walt? By taking a detour from her own Super Important Mission to do something selfless and good for someone else. Beck, too, is a complicated character that doesn’t always do what’s right. But he still goes out of his way to punch a certain gross dude in the name of justice.
There’s so much wisdom throughout the book, too, showing that teens fuck up can still be incredibly intelligent. “Maybe I could muster the courage to speak those words so few people are able to say: I don’t know why I do the things I do. It’s like that sometimes.”
Also, she has killer taste in music. And, of course, a beautiful appreciation for how music can help the soul. “I poured out a lifetime of tears in the springtime of my life with no one but my musical anomalies to feel my pain.”
I seem to be approaching rambling-about-a-crush levels here, and of course, the whole character arc Mim goes on is crucial to see much of her beauty. And in case people who haven’t read Mosquitoland somehow snuck through and are reading this, I’ll stop to avoid spoilers.
Thank you so much, Adi, for contributing to Beauty & a Book!
Be sure to check Adi Alsaid out on the web.