SCPL Teen Blog

July 6, 2011

It’s so Moo-ving!

Filed under: authors, awesomeness, books, East Regional Library — violettayls @ 8:54 pm

                                                               Book Review: Going Bovine by Libba Bray

       Going Bovine is an intricately woven novel exploring the meaning of life. Now that may sound boring, but with Libba Bray the questions of ‘why are we here?’ and ‘what is our purpose?’ become a well-paced race to find a cure.                                                                 The main character is relateable in an unrelateable way. Cameron is the typical, apathetic teenager just trying to scrap by without putting in too much effort, when BAM!, he is suddenly forced to ask the near impossible questions of the universe. From there on the reader follows him on his journey of discovery that could also be seen as an escape from his reality (right into another.) He is diagnosed with a terminal illness, but given a reason to hope in the form of a possibly-medically-induced-hallucination, punker-chick angel who insists there is a cure and that it’s up to him to find it. Along Cameron’s journey of self-discovery he runs into situations that are all very possible but depicted in such over-dramatized fashion that they are mostly unbelievable and even fantastical. Libba Bray satirizes everything from covertly religious cults to Reality TV and in such a hilarious, thought-provoking way that, as the reader, you are never bored. She also does a wonderful job of incorporating the different perspectives of a wide range of personality types. The plot is unpredictable and surprisingly organized. For those of you looking for a could-be-sci-fi-but-is-ultimately-a-novel-about-self-discovery that is jam-packed with funnies, but also a quite serious attempt to make you think, this is the book for you. Libba Bray is an incredible author and one to watch. This everything-n-one story is the ultimate representation of what a YA* novel should be. I give this a PG-13 rating. There is drug-usage and suggestive adult themes. A little heavy for tweens, but a definite recommendation to the 14+ audience! Check it out at the East or West Regional branch today!!

*young adult

Going Bovine by Libba Bray

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