Thursday, September 22, 2011

Justine's Thoughts: Going Bovine by Libba Bray

Going Bovine
By Libba Bray
Source: Library
Rating: 5/5
Book Description:
All sixteen-year-old Cameron wants is to get through high school -- and life in general -- with a minimum of effort. But that’s before he’s given some bad news: he’s going to die.
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 Gonzo, a death-obsessed, video-gaming dwarf, and a yard gnome who just might be the Viking god Balder, Cam sets off on the mother of all road trips through a twisted America . . . into the heart of what matters most.
A quote:
In a world like this one, only the random makes sense.
Any thoughts:
I did not know what to expect for this one and so I ended up on a roller coaster of wild adventures. Which I really, really loved. It was fascinating and exhilarating and uplifting. Needless to say, it was just what I needed...but I would like to experience that sense of adventure. Because you need those in your life.
The first thought that came to me when I saw the book in the library was, “What’s with the cow on the cover?” It’s strange indeed, especially since he’s carrying a yard gnome. Well, to those who are wondering the same thing, you will eventually know (as long as you read this book!). So in the beginning, Cam shows us his life before the diagnosis. He’s the type of guy who doesn’t really give a crap. He gets high, listens to music, has no hopes for the future, lives every single day just as it is. He’s existing, not living. Then comes the hallucinations and he’s diagnosed with an odd disease. From there, his body goes downhill. But Dulcie, the punk angel, gives him a chance to go on a mission to find the cure. And off he goes.
Most times, I didn’t know what was real and what wasn’t. Reality was twisted with physics and endless theories. There are worthy quotes, witty puns, metaphors and references (Disneyland!). Every page is rich with words. It’s a beauty. I didn’t know how much I laughed and cried. I enjoyed the randomness and the oddness. Some things may not make sense as you read but I must urge you to read it. Libba Bray opens your mind to a whole new universe, throwing you brilliance in one profound novel.

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