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Going Bovine by Libba Bray
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Going Bovine (edition 2010)

by Libba Bray

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Title:Going Bovine
Authors:Libba Bray
Info:Ember (2010), Edition: Reissue, Paperback, 496 pages
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Going Bovine by Libba Bray

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I liked it, but not as much as Bray's other work. ( )
  kweber319 | May 13, 2019 |
We just started a book club and we're picking a new genre every month at random. Our first month's genre was "teenage angsty drama" and honestly I was less than thrilled. I stumbled upon this title, however, as I was searching what I would read. I love cows, so I was already half won over, but then I read the description and it was such a trip that I ordered the book from the library immediately.

Man, did this book deliver! If you are a fan of Series of Unfortunate Events, Welcome to Night Vale, or anything else with self-aware humor or absurdity-that-is-considered-normal, you will love this book. But it's not just a good time, Cameron has a seriously deadly disease and it brings his mortality front and center a lot throughout his journey. And he's not the only character who is forced to look something in the eye that maybe he/she had been avoiding. Not a single word, character, object, or situation is accidental. Even as the pages began to thin out and I reached the end of the story, the final pieces fell into place in a way I didn't entirely expect, but also wasn't too surprised by.

Come for the cult that worships happiness in a bowling alley, stay for the strong relationships built through discovering who you are together. ( )
  ilikeike | Nov 15, 2018 |
Trippy, hilarious, sad, poignant.
  aratiel | Sep 5, 2018 |
Wow what an interpretation of what the end is like. So much happened in this book that it is too hard to explain or pick one thing which makes it a story that anyone can related to. Norse Gods, MTV party houses, 'Rents, road trips, Everlasting Happiness and Snack and Bowl, to name few. I have to mention the Disney events because I had just returned from Tomorrowland and could picture Dr. X in the "Carousel of the Future" not to mention as a kid I remember "E tickets"! ( )
  ksmedberg | Aug 15, 2018 |
Holy cow is this book good! You care about the characters, feel their pain and laugh all at the same time. I read this a while back, but I still remember it well and hope to read it again someday soon. :) ( )
  booksandcats4ever | Jul 30, 2018 |
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Libba Bray not only breaks the mold of the ubiquitous dying-teenager genre — she smashes it and grinds the tiny pieces into the sidewalk. For the record, I’d go anywhere she wanted to take me.
 

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Take my advice and live for a long long time, because the maddest thing a man can do in this life is to let himself die. - Cervantes, Don Quixote
Hope is the thing with feathers. - Emily Dickinson
It's a small world after all. - Walt Disney
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For my parents with love. This one's also for Wendy. And, as always, for Barry and Josh.
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The best day of my life happened when I was five and almost died at Disney World.
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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.--Amazon.com
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Cameron Smith, a disaffected sixteen year-old who, after being diagnosed with Creutzfeld Jakob's (aka mad cow) disease, sets off on a road trip with a death-obsessed video gaming dwarf he meets in the hospital in an attempt to find a cure.

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