Monday, December 28, 2009

Going Bovine by Libba Bray

Grade: A

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
Originality: 10/10
Overall Enjoyment: 6/10
Ending: 9/10
Voice: 6/10
Plot: 8/10
Setting: 9/10
Total Score: 57/70

Obtained: Free copy received by Delacorte Press.

Age Appropriate?
Cussing: Lots.
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.

Interview Video

Libba Bray's Site


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  2. Woops ^

    I'm glad you found this funny, but I'm not sure about the randomness. I got it for Xmas for I'm hoping to read it soon to see what I think of it.

    Nice, honest review :)

  3. I thought it was an interesting story, but I also thought there was just too much going on.

  4. I too love Libba Bray's Gemma stories, but I'm a little wary of reading this book. I'll probably give it a go sometime, but it sounds cuckoocuckookachoo (:

  5. great review! I've been combing the web for a review of this book, and I'm glad that you were so honest. I like humor a lot in my books, so I'll probably enjoy this. And I think my mind is abstract enough to handle the amount of randomness you said it has. Thanks for the review! I look forward to reading this!

  6. Great review. I haven't read this yet but I feel you. I have often not loved a book but seen it's film potential. Thanks for another wonderful review.


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