Review: Going Bovine by Libba Bray

Going Bovine by Libba Bray: Book Cover  Going Bovine by Libba Bray

  • Pub. Date: September 2010
  • Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
  • Format: Paperback , 496pp
  • Age Range: Young Adult


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.

Lisa’s Thoughts:

So after reading Beauty Queens, I knew that I wanted to read more from Libba Bray.  I completely enjoy her light and funny style.  That being said the differences between these two books are day and night.  In Going Bovine, Cameron is floating through life, that is until he is diagnosed with the human form of Mad Cow Disease, it has a very long name and now when I go to donate blood (on Monday actually) I will know what it is.  I have see it on the list time and time again but had not idea.  I love when I learn something unexpected from a book.  Anyway back to the book, it is filled with fun adventure and crazy cast of characters.  It is a crazy road trip in efforts to find Dr. X and save his own life, but things just keep going wrong and getting off track.  There are flashing of his family and the hospital room throughout the story, usually when he falls asleep.  Will Cam be able to find Dr. X and save himself?

One frustration in this story was that it seemed to move pretty slowly at times, for me it slowed to a crawl.  While I enjoyed the story, I think that it could have moved a little faster.  I enjoyed the relationship with Dulcie and Cameron, I just wonder what else would have happened had there been some more time.  All in all, this was a very creative book as all of Libba Bray’s are and I enjoyed reading it.

My Rating:

4 lovely penguins, like I said above it was very creative story but moved a little slow for me.

It’s Monday What Are You Reading?

It's Monday What Are You Reading?

This great meme is hosted by One Persons Journey Through a World of Books. Each week will share with you the books we are reading, just finished reading and those books we are planning to read this week.

Well, this week I did get more reading in despite VBS 3 nights this week plus other commitments.  I am really hoping that this week will be even better.


Boyfriend From Hell by E. Van Lowe: NOOK Book CoverGoing Bovine by Libba Bray: NOOK Book Cover

Boyfriend from Hell by E. Van Lowe – Lisa – Review will be posted tomorrow

Going Bovine by Libba Bray – Lisa – Review coming soon

Currently Reading:

The Magic of Recluce (The Saga of Recluce)

The Magic of Recluce by L.E. Modesitt J.R. – David

The Last Rising by Rachel Firasek

Coming Up Next:

In My Dreams by Cameo Renae: Book Cover

In My Dreams by Cameo Renae

So that is what is going on in my reading work.  It’s Monday What Are You Reading?  I would love to check out your week so be sure to leave me a comment or link.  Also, if you are a new follower please be sure to let me know.

Booking Through Thursday

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You’ve just had a long, hard, exhausting day, and all you want to do is curl up with something light, fun, easy, fluffy, distracting, and entertaining.

What book do you pick up?

Lisa’s Answer

Since I don’t really reread most books, I don’treally have a go to book for this situation. Really for me it is whatever book I happen to be reading.  Luckily for me if this happened today, I am reading Going Bovine by Libba Bray and it is a pretty entertaining read so far.

David’s Answer

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien is always a solid fall back entertaining read.  

What about you?  I am always put for suggestions so let me know what your favorite relaxing read is.