This novel turns a teen’s fatal condition into a hilarious and hallucinatory quest. Use our free chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis of Going Bovine. It helps middle and high school students understand Libba Bray’s literary masterpiece. From the author of the Gemma Doyle trilogy and The Diviners series, this groundbreaking New York Times bestseller and winner of the Michael L.

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The symbolism amazed me. Cameron believes his father is having an affair with his young assistant. That is my least favorite slang word of all time. 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. Dulcie, a punker angel, sends him on a quest, along with Gonzo, a hypochondriac dwarf. Bacigalupi — Ship Breaker There were moments I found myself laughing out loud due to the sheer hilarity of occurrences taking place.

There’s banter, pop-culture references, lots of quotes from a made-up movie that’s certainly not Star Warsdrag queens, drinking, cults, music, parallel universes, sex, and a lawn gnome that’s actually the Norse god Balder. Going Bovine is a surreal dark comedy novel by Libba Bray.

There will be spoilers at the end of this review. Was Bray going for the obvious, or do I just watch too much TV? Jan 16, Nomes added it Bovime I don’t hate it, but I’m not jumping up and down, giddy about any of her books either It was fun to see how different parts of Cameron’s life popped up on his adventures.

Going Bovine by Libba Bray

I have to admit some parts of the book were neat and stood out: Libba Bray, how could you! She gets by on brashness, and tosses out anything that is even close to subtle.


X in time, he’ll be cured. The things that Cameron went libba were so unpredictable. I could only get to page something before I started skimming to the end, which was, well, not to my liking.

He has to save the world from the fire linba and find the scientist who can save him. There is a gratuitous use of both the S- and F- words, hardly going one paragraph without one, or both. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Stephanie I think it would have been too long between when that happened and when he got sick. He learns about love, sex, friendship and what it means to really live.

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Also by Libba Bray. That just seemed all a bit rushed. Our ratings are based on child development best practices. I have acknowledge your existence, peon. Only Appropriate for Yound Adults Now this is a book for the older teens or young adults. Retrieved 14 March Stay up to date on new reviews. He just had to find it within himself.

More so when they involve hypochondriac dwarves, punk rock angels, fire giants, stellar trumpeters, time traveling vegan gurus, frenzied smoothie loving cultists who bowl, slutty cheerleaders, hermatic Inuit jam bands, wizards of reckoning, Viking yard gnomes ROAD TRIP! That the X that marks the spot Cameron’s mission is with him the entire time. X” to save his life. User Reviews Parents say Kids say.

However, I did have the pleasure of freezing a plastic eyeball in an ice cube, putting it in a friend’s drink, “Eyeball in your highball?

Jun 12, Morgan F rated it really liked it Shelves: The acme of British science-fiction humor. He was falling further to the bottom the closer he reached the end of the road. He’s got mad cow disease, who knows from where, and there’s no cure.


Eventually, Cameron and Gonzo are separated when Cameron follows one of the employees into a ride in Tomorrowland. X and save the universe with hypochondriac midget, talking gnome lawn ornament, and riot-grrrl angel as sidekicks—should h Fun and funny enough to have kept me going to the end, but geez, Bray, in line with her name, paints with a broad brush. Pages using citations with accessdate and no URL All articles with dead external links Articles with dead external links from January Articles with permanently dead external links Pages to import images to Wikidata.

The main libna of Going Bovine was its humorous events. Thanks Tina for picking this one. The cover, title, and bby of this novel intrigued me; but since I insist on doing idiotic things, like reading forwards, after I return home from the library, I should have k As I plow through libbba sludge, I’m reminded of a favorite quote, which I think is from Charles Ives, “Awards are the badges of mediocrity.

Sheer outrageousness is worth something.

Going Bovine

He leaves the hospital and takes another patient and high school student, Gonzo, with him. Preview — Going Bovine by Libba Bray. This one is so weird it’s not funny. Bray — Going Bovine Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Here, have a key chain. Of course there’s sex, he’s a teenage boy.