By Libba Bray
Genre: YA fiction
Reading Level: Easy to Medium
Review: 4 / 5
“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.” (Goodreads)
This is one of those books that you cannot believe nobody is really talking about it, because it is so great. Hilarious, witty, and painful, Going Bovine should definitely be next on your too-read list.
Now, I don’t want to really talk about the plot all that much – it is really easy to give away information and spoilers – but this book’s plot is really good. Was it the best thing I’ve ever read in terms of plot? No… (Ender’s Game). However, is it interesting and quirky, with some semi-predictable twists? Yes. When I was reading it, I thought that the book was a little foreseeable. It was just really easy to tell what was going to happen in the end, but it doesn’t bother me that much because I liked the ending.
The main character is my favorite part of the novel, however, because he is hilarious (Or does that mean that the writing is my favorite part, since all of the narration is, shockingly, written?). He’s just so funny – there were a couple of times that I laughed out loud. Bear in mind, though, that I have a really dark, sarcastic, mean, kind of humour – so if you like that kind of stuff, read this book, but if you don’t, still read it, but you might not enjoy it as much.
I’ve read some other stuff of Libba Bray – almost all of her other books – but this is the best one, in my opinion. So, if you one day simply decided that you have to read something by Libba Bray, chose this one.
There’s a reason it won the Pulitzer Prize.
I think that everyone should consider reading this story, because even though it’s a little predictable, it has some really important messages about life and love and all that other stuff that all writers are so eager to write about.
So… read this book.
And have a nice day!