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. Free summary and analysis of the events in Libba Bray’s Going Bovine that won’t make you snore. We promise.

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I just decided to move on altogether. What parents need to know Parents need to know this wacky novel features a teenager’s death, a punk angel, and plenty of edgy behavior by teens condom-free sex, drinking, pot-smoking, and running away. LaCour — We Are Okay. They sweep their arms out this way and that, and where they pass, the land curls up in blackness. After about halfway through or so I just wanted it to be over.

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Dulcie can see into the future and says one teen will get killed when he joins the army and steps on a land mine. But, oh well, most life-changing things scare you first and keep you awake at night thinking. The talking gnome was the best part though tbh.

Cameron believes bovie father is having an affair with his young assistant. Sep 19, Kim rated it really liked it Shelves: Was Bray going for the obvious, or do I just watch too much TV? View all 7 comments. I found it hard to believe that this is the same author as A Great and Terrible Beauty as the two books are in no way similar. And he’s a teenage boy, so the stuff he comes up with is half superhero battles, half random stuff from his life.


Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: There is a gratuitous use of both the S- and F- words, hardly going one paragraph gray one, or both. Cameron’s life starts to spiral out of control when he is diagnosed with Creutzfeldt—Jakob variant BSE also known as mad cow diseasepossibly contracted from the cafeteria at his school or his minimum-wage job at the fast food joint Buddha Burger.

Cameron’s adventure shares many parallels with both Don Quixote a book he had been reading in English class and The Wizard of Oz if Dorothy was a horny teenaged boy and the yellow brick road was a rare virus. X” to save his life. Things that “happen” post-mad cow hark back to pre-mad cow.

Yes, there are interesting moral themes, but they’re buried under humor that made me cringe far more than hoing. See all reviews. See how we rate. Perhaps as an Aussie I just have a different sense of humour and found it too hard to relate? Cameron is visited by a strange girl named Dulcie and is told he has to go on a quest to save the world.


goint This page was last edited on 29 Decemberat She also leaves you in no doubt about how she feels about the crass, shallow, humorless, merciless, materialistic culture of consumerism in which she is marketing ‘Going Bovine.

There are many mentions of a fictional movie called Star Fightersa thinly veiled reference to Star Wars.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Retrieved 15 March Could you and your Norse goodness do oibba a solid and take a hike? Cameron Smith is a sixteen year old guy who simply wants to get through life with minimum effort coupled with zero expectations.


Other teens smoke, use fake IDs to buy beer, and drink to excess at a TV-show sponsored “party house. And Bray manages to criticize tacky knick-knack souvenirs in the process. This was an amazing book, a very funny and engrossing read.

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I don’t read a metric tonne of YA, I like much of it, and this book looked interesting. Going Bovine is hilarious, sweet, sad, unique and simply brilliant!

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Living in as much time as we’ve got, and loving while we do it. X, who would cure me of mad cow disease and stop a band of dark energy from destroying the universe. He learns about love, sex, friendship and what it means to really live.

Cameron is such a quirky and fun MC X, along with the length of the book, made for some segmented reading.