Thursday, April 8, 2010

Going Bovine by Libba Bray

Title: Going Bovine

Author: Libba Bray

Published: New York : Delacorte Press, c2009

Pages: 480

Snippet: "When you're pre-majoring in perfection, having a brother who's a social paramecium is a real drawback."

Summary: Cameron Smith, a disaffected sixteen year-old who, after being diagnosed with Creutzfeld Jakob's (aka mad cow) disease, sets off on a road trip with a death-obsessed video gaming dwarf he meets in the hospital in an attempt to find a cure.

Review: Going Bovine is interesting to say the least. I've heard a lot of people say how they thought Going Bovine was a crazy, weird and totally out-there book. I would agree with all of these descriptions.  I actually thought I would get a few more laughs out of it than I did but that could've just been me.
Cameron was an interesting character and I really felt sorry for him, when everyone was picking on him or ignoring him and then typically, when he got sick everyone was his best friend. I found Cameron to be really relatable for the first 100 pages or so.
I also got really mad when everyone just assumed he was crazy and on drugs. From reading the description I knew he wasn't.  I felt like yelling at everyone.
As I was reading the book I quite enjoyed it, it wasn't too bad. It just happened to be one of those books that once I started reading it, it was hard to put down but once I did put it down it was difficult to pick up again.
I had two theories about how this book would end. I didn't actually expect it to end the way it did and I'm still reeling from it.  I am really surprised by it and kind of sad.  But I also understand why it ended the way it did.
I found Libba Bray's writing to be really refreshing and quite different to what I'm used to. I think I'll definitely check out more books by her.
One thing that I thought I would point out because it was really interesting is the very first line of the book is really cool. Definitely grabs your attention.
Overall, Going Bovine wasn't too bad. It was something out of the ordinary but it was still a pretty good read. If you're looking for something thats a little 'out there' definitely check it out.

Source: Library


  1. I'm reading this book right now and absolutely LOVE it! I love how quirky it is and how the writer took risks. Thanks for your review!

  2. I like your review :D Here's mine if you don't mind:

    Thanks and have a nice day!


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