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Going Bovine

Libba Bray

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Description

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.

From the Hardcover edition.

Publishers Weekly Review

Aug 03, 2009 – Cameron Smith, 16, is slumming through high school, overshadowed by a sister “pre-majoring in perfection,” while working (ineptly) at the Buddha Burger. Then something happens to make him the focus of his family's attention: he contracts mad cow disease. What takes place after he is hospitalized is either that a gorgeous angel persuades him to search for a cure that will also save the world, or that he has a vivid hallucination brought on by the disease. Either way, what readers have is an absurdist comedy in which Cameron, Gonzo (a neurotic dwarf) and Balder (a Norse god cursed to appear as a yard gnome) go on a quixotic road trip during which they learn about string theory, wormholes and true love en route to Disney World. Bray's surreal humor may surprise fans of her historical fantasies about Gemma Doyle, as she trains her satirical eye on modern education, American materialism and religious cults (the smoothie-drinking members of the Church of Everlasting Satisfaction and Snack 'N' Bowl). Offer this to fans of Douglas Adams's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy seeking more inspired lunacy. Ages 14–up.

Customer Reviews

Loved it.

Like nothing I have ever read. Yes, the story is wild and wacky, but I finished it loving my own crazy life a bit more (thanks to a stoner dying from mad cow disease, a dwarf, a garden gnome, and a punk rock angel). You should give it a shot.

Amazing!

This book is wild and wacky; but the storyline is amazing! Libba can write outstanding books. Omg! You rock Libba!

For the Weird

This book wasn't the best. It was like she had all these great ideas and mashed them together so that they KIND OF made sense. But if you like weird things like this, then read read read! If this was the first book of Libba Bray's that you have read and didn't like it, read her Gemma Doyle trilogy, it is BRILLIANT! Don't be turned off by this, read her other ones, their really good...

Going Bovine
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction
  • Published: Sep 22, 2009
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Seller: Random House, LLC
  • Print Length: 496 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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