Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Going Bovine Review

Author: Libba Bray
Release Date: September 22, 2009
Pages: 380
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Most Appropriate For Ages: 14+
Where I Got It: For review

Can Cameron find what he’s looking for? All 16-year-old Cameron wants is to get through high school—and life in general—with a minimum of effort. It’s not a lot to ask. But that’s before he’s given some bad news: he’s sick and he’s going to die. Which totally sucks. Hope arrives in the winged form of Dulcie, a loopy punk angel/possible hallucination with a bad sugar habit. She tells Cam there is a cure—if he’s willing to go in search of it. With the help of a death-obsessed, video-gaming dwarf and a yard gnome, Cam sets off on the mother of all road trips through a twisted America into the heart of what matters most.
You know that a book is going to be funny when you begin laughing somewhere in the first six pages. Going Bovine was definitely that type of book.

The plot was original, hilarious, and weird. It did seem to slow down a lot at some points, though. It was mostly a realistic fiction, but it definitely had a good amount of fantasy elements thrown in. Due to Cameron's mad cow disease, you're never really sure what's real, and what isn't. But as long as you don't dwell on that, I think you'll probably enjoying Going Bovine.

You meet a lot of characters throughout Going Bovine, each one unique and interesting. The main characters all grow a lot. Cameron starts out selfish, boring, and friend-less, and those are three terms that couldn't describe him by the end of his epic journey. My favorite character was definitely Balder, the yard gnome/viking god. He was hilarious! And Dulcie was great too. The book was full of awesome characters.

The writing was, you know, it was Libba Bray's writing. Brilliant, beautiful, and amazing. She tells a great story and is a great writer.

The ending didn't live up to my expectations that the book had set. It ended very abruptly and didn't satisfy me. Overall, though, a good read. Definitely one to check out!


  1. I've actually heard mixed things about this book, as some say it was sooo difficult to get into. Thanks for the brilliant review, though...I'll definitely try it! :)

  2. I can't wait to read this one. I'm intrigued.

  3. This sounds SO cute and funny and I haven't even read anything by Libba Bray and I already love her.

  4. "hilarious and weird", I know I must read this! Great review :D

  5. This one is and has been on my shelf for awhile to read... Ive heard mixed things about it but still look forward to reading it. Nice review!


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