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Going Bovine ~ Libba Bray

June 11, 2011


Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
496 pages
ISBN: 9780385733984
Source: Book store

Cameron is  a self-professed drifter. He, like his mom, is much more content going with the flow of life, averaging C’s, closing up in his room, picking petty arguments with his perfect, beyond perfect sister. His parents are teachers, his sister is, as mentioned, perfect and his friends are, well, fairly nonexistent. He would really just like to make it out of high school, and everything else, alive.

Alas, that’s the one thing that he doesn’t have in his grasp. A few miles into the story, Cameron is given the grim prognosis of: fairly certain death.

Suddenly, he feels like drifting is probably not quite enough. He packs his satchel, grabs a fellow stoner from the smoker’s bathroom and hightails it out on an adventure designed by an eccentric punk angel named Dulcie who may or may not be a figment of Cameron’s imagination.

Along the way, they pick up a descendent of Norse mythology in the form of Balder the yard gnome, shoot the breeze with frat boys, dabble with mad scientists and happen upon way too many strategically placed fires.

Shot through with witty and bizarre allusions to Cervantes’ insane literary trip so many centuries ago, Bray’s Going Bovine is a tribute to, as well as a reverent satire of, the marvelous Don Quixote. From string theory to It’s a Small World, there is an incredible amount to explore between the pages, poking fun at all life has to offer and all that it leaves out. More than just another teen book, the story is one for all ages, ripe with the questions we all ask like “What exactly does it mean to live?” and “Why is microwaved popcorn so good?”

If you don’t “get it”, yet, you really just need to watch this video, please.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 11, 2011 4:45 pm

    I remember hearing about this book but didn’t connect that it’s written by Libba Bray. I’m adding it to my wish list.

    • June 11, 2011 8:51 pm

      It’s really quite good. I’ve been super impressed with her shift in voices from one book to the next. Very cool to have her around for this generation of readers!

  2. June 13, 2011 10:21 am

    Love the author interview! Seriously funny.

    I read DQ a few months ago and when I heard about this book I knew I had to read it!

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