Surreal Sunday: Going Bovine

Posted 10 November, 2013 by April @ The Steadfast Reader in Reviews

Surreal Sunday: Going BovineGoing Bovine by Libba Bray
Published by Delacorte Press on 2010
Genres: Action & Adventure, Adolescence, Boys & Men, Diseases, Illnesses & Injuries, General, Health & Daily Living, Humorous Stories, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 480

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.

I don’t know if this is the worst young adult novel of a generation or the best.

First, I think this would be a fabulous book to use in high school English classes to teach literary devices such as symbolism, foreshadowing, etc. especially symbolism. 

That being said, it’ll never see the light of day in public schools because of the sex, drugs, and language. 

My parents never censored my reading as a kid, I think it was a good thing. But I am uneasy with the main character. I don’t like him. He’s, well, a teenager, I guess. Perhaps if I wasn’t 30, his attitude wouldn’t have bothered me as much.

Definitely worth a go. I promise it’ll be different than anything else you’ve read this year. 


April @ The Steadfast Reader


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