This book may be unsuitable for people under 16 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug use, alcohol use, language, and/or violence.Going Bovine by Libba Bray
Published by Delacorte Press on September 22nd 2009
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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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.
I’ve always liked Bray’s writing. It changes to fit the book. Her contemporary writing is great and so accurate.
Going Bovine was basically one giant acid trip. I could pretty much tell right away that it was in his head, but as Dumbledore said, why should that mean that it’s not real? So I went with it.
Cameron was an asshole and so was his sister. They had their moments though. Gonzo, the dwarf, was difficult, but Balder (the gnome) was cool. I didn’t have ANY attachments to any of the characters, especially Cameron. He was so awful and dull and lacking in personality. I’m not really sure how I sat through 500 pages of acid. Maybe I was just curious to see what would happen next. It was mostly completely random. It was kinda fun but a little too trippy to be taken to mean anything. I mean, there’s Alice in Wonderland trippy, and then there’s…this. I just couldn’t get anything from it.
The romance was kind of mysterious though, and not really there at all but it was intriguing…I liked that at least.
And to top it off, the ending was pretty sucky.
I’m creating a new tag just for this- and I never use tags. In honor of this book, the ‘acid’ tag was created to categorize the books I read.
Good vs. Bad
- randomness? if you can count that as a good thing
Less than perfect:
- everything else…
This book was a huge, long acid trip with unlikable characters, completely random plot, and a sucky ending. Would I read more by this author? I like her other stuff- I’ve read 4 other books by her and they’re all fantastic. Would I recommend this book to others? No way.