Monday, December 28, 2009
Going Bovine by Libba Bray
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.
Character Development: 9/10
Overall Enjoyment: 6/10
Total Score: 57/70
Obtained: Free copy received by Delacorte Press.
Drugs, Alcohol, etc.: Teen use of illegal drugs and teen drinking.
Sexual Content: Yes.
Disturbing Images/ Violence: An array of things, none too bad.
This book is a huge bundle of wackiness and hilarity. Yet the amount of randomness was just a bit too much, causing a loss of laughs and a lot of confusion. Reading this, I felt like I was swimming through water and watching a blur of scenes pass me by while I struggled to reach the surface.
Libba Bray is a good writer. There is no doubt about that. Her characters and plot are spot on. But, for me, Going Bovine was just too much craziness. Of course, I'm not much of a comedy reader, so the joke may be on me for not enjoying this book. I can see this book being turned into an uproariously funny movie though. You are probably thinking How can she enjoy a movie version, but not the book? Because this kind of humour seems meant to be said aloud.
Going Bovine is quite an epic tale... a whopping 480 pages of intense plot, randomness, and goofiness. I thought I would love this book (I am a very goofy and random person... and I adored Libba Bray's Gemma Doyle Trilogy), but it didn't hit home for me. Though it was not my pot of honey, I would not discourage you from reading it, because you may really enjoy it.
Libba Bray's Site