David Arnold lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with his (lovely) wife and (boisterous) son. He is the critically-acclaimed author of Mosquitoland, which has been translated into over a dozen languages. Previous jobs include freelance musician/producer, stay-at-home dad, and preschool teacher. He is a fierce believer in the power of kindness and community. And pesto. He believes fiercely in pesto.
Genres: Young Adult Romance, Young Adult Fiction
David Arnold recommends
Dress Codes for Small Towns (2017)
"A poetic love letter to the complexities of teenage identity, and the frustrations of growing up in a place where everything fits in a box - except you."
Down and Across (2018)
"Arvin Ahmadi's earnest debut is a charming romp of a book, a heartfelt tour of a city through the bright eyes of a hopeful heart. Ahmadi proves his grit and then some with Down and Across."
Twelve Steps to Normal (2018)
"Twelve Steps to Normal is a powerful, heartfelt debut about the lengths we'll go for those we love, and the hurdles we encounter along the way. In pages brimming with honesty, Penn shines an empathetic light on addiction, ultimately demonstrating that forgiveness--not only its redemptive qualities, but its messy ones, too--is well worth the struggle."
Dear Evan Hansen (2018)
Val Emmich, Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
"Today's going to be an amazing day, and here's why: because you're holding this book."
The Music of What Happens (2019)
"The Music of What Happens is a compelling, laugh-out-loud story, as swoon-worthy as it is deeply affecting. Max and Jordan grabbed hold of my heart from the moment I met them and I don't see them letting go any time soon. Konigsberg has a way of making me see the world--and food trucks!--a little differently."
If You're Out There (2019)
"Part Holmesian mystery, part love story, and funny as hell, If You’re Out There is a true exploration of deep-rooted friendship that unfolds with pitch-perfect pacing. It’s my new obsession."
"A powerful and poignant exploration of a nightmare made real. It's a testament to Ahmed's writing then, that the heart of the story is one of hope. Read INTERNMENT. Raise a fist."
This Might Hurt a Bit (2019)
"Survival is key in this debut novel as irreverent as it is gratifying."
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