book thoughts: Going Bovine by Libba Bray (2009)


Libba Bray


Well, that’s what Cameron wishes he could say.  Instead, he’s just found out that he contracted mad cow disease and doesn’t have much longer to live.  But one day while he’s sitting in his hospital bed, an angel in combat boots with hot pink hair arrives and tells him he must go and find the scientist who has the cure!  She gives him a magical Disneyland E-Ticket which will keep his brain from melting while he’s out of the hospital.

Sound wacky?  Well, it is.  Going Bovine by Libba Bray is a ridiculous book.  But it is also a very sweet story. 

There is so much I want to say about this book but 1) it’s way too hard to explain beyond the above summary without making this post TL;DR and 2) it’s much more fun to discover the crazy world along with Cameron rather than know what is coming.

Though, in a way, you know what is coming pretty quickly.  You sort of know where the whole story is headed.  But as with any great adventure, it is the journey that matters most.  And this journey has action, adventure, and really wild things.  And even though it is a long book, I found myself missing the characters after that final page. 

If you’re in the mood for a story that is truly ri-donk-ulous, Going Bovine is a great read. 

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