Sunday, July 3, 2011

Review-Going Bovine by Libba Bray

Going Bovine by Libba Bray

Release Date: September 22, 2009
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Pages: 480, Hardcover
Source: Library
Series: Standalone book

Rating from A+ to F: A+


All sixteen-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 Gonzo, a death-obsessed, video-gaming dwarf, and a yard gnome who just might be the Viking god Balder, Cam sets off on the mother of all road trips through a twisted America of smoothie-drinking happiness cults, parallel-universe-hopping physicists, mythic New Orleans jazz musicians, whacked-out television game shows, snow-globe vigilantes, and disenfranchised, fame-hungry teens into the heart of what matters most. 

From New York Times bestselling author Libba Bray comes a dark comedic journey that poses the questions: Why are we here? What is real? What makes microwave popcorn so good? Why must we die? And how do we really learn to live? 


This is definitely the funniest book I've read all year, Going Bovine is such a hilarious story. I found myself laughing at times in the book, and Libba Bray is such a funny author! I really enjoyed this story, it is such a unique and original book, and I loved it. This story is about Cameron, a young boy who finds out he is sick and could possibly die. Dulcie, a winged punk angel, puts him on an adventure that could save him from death. He meets tons of wacky people along the way, and truly learns how to live, even if he is sick.

Plot- The plot of this book is great, so funny and enjoyable, I don't think anyone could not like it. I didn't find one slow moment in this book, and I was whipping through the pages. The book is crazy, wild, funny, happy, sad, exciting, and so much more. It is so different from books nowadays that you just have to love it. I know I did! 

Characters- I loved all of the characters in this novel. They were all so different that you have such a fun time reading the scenes in the book. Libba developed the characters very well and I enjoyed all of them.
Favorite Character- My favorite character would have to be Balder, the yard gnome. He was so cute! 
Least Favorite Character- I didn't have one, I loved them all! 

Writing- This book has great writing from Libba Bray. I haven't read the Gemma Doyle trilogy, but I really want to, and I really want to read Beauty Queens. I don't know how many times I can say that Libba is hilarious, but I'll say it once more: Libba is hilarious! Amazingly funny writing in this book, and I can't wait to read more from her!

Cover- Even though the cover is simple, I really like it. After you read the book, you will understand this cover. I love the title, it's so funny! 

Can you tell yet that I loved this book and thought it was really funny? Well, hopefully you do and consider giving this book a try! I recommend this to fans of hilarious books that really have you turning the pages quickly!


1. Plot- 20 out of 20 points.
2. Characters- 15 out of 15 points.
3. Writing- 19 out of 20 points.
4. Creativity- 15 out of 15 points.
5. Originality- 10 out of 10 points.
6. Ending- 14 out of 15 points.
7. Cover- 4 out of 5 points.
Equals: 97! 97-100 is an A+

Violence- Mild
Mild/Excessive Cursing
Mild/Excessive Sexual Content
Drug/Alcohol Use
Recommended for ages 14 & up.


Libba Bray is the author of the New York Times bestselling Gemma Doyle Trilogy and Beauty Queens. She has written short stories about everything from Cheap Trick concerts to The Rocky Horror Picture Show devotees to meeting Satan worshippers on summer vacation. Libba lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband, son, and two cats. Her dream is to stop sucking so badly at drums in Rock Band.

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