Monday, 10 September 2012

Book Review! Going Bovine by Libba Bray

Book: Going Bovine
Author: Libba Bray
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Pages: 480 Pages
Format: Hardcover

My friend, Ann-Bernice told me to read this book.... Holy crap.

Goodreads Summary
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.

First things first, the whole idea surrounding this book was insane and crazy and kooky. I knew I was in for a thrill ride, but what I got was something totally different from what I was expecting. Yes it was a comedy, and yes it was hilarious, but the threads of heart break, and the looming feeling of death brought a very dark, sarcastic and satirical humor to all of this. I was pulled in from page one.

Libba Bray brought such a sense of humor to Cameron, making him the witty underdog that you couldn't help but root for. He was so sarcastic and snarky that he was a real teenage guy, but he had this melancholy feeling to him because he knew his days were numbered. She also created Dulcie, the punk-rock/bad ass angel that was so crazy and different that I fell instantly in love with her, texting my friend who told me to read this 'Can I just be her?'

overall, I was in love with this book. I couldn't get enough. The book moved quickly, it was hilarious, and at certain parts towards the end (those who've read it know what im talking about) I found myself tearing up, and I couldn't stop. I am officially hooked on Bray and her writing style, and next time someone asks me for a good book to read, im going to bring up the dark yet super hilarious novel about a gnome, a dwarf, a punk angel, a dying boy, and his heartbreaking adventure for answers.

A definite 5/5 stars.



  1. I've heard a lot of great things about Libba Bray. This book sounds really, really good. I'll have to check it out. Great Review!

    Debz @ Debz Bookshelf

  2. Fantastic review! Here's mine if you don't mind:

    Cool name, Indigo! :) I'm an aspiring writer as well. I live in the Philippines ... follow for a follow back?

    Thanks and have a nice day!

  3. Awesome review! You basically summed up all of my feelings for this wonderful book. Libba Bray brought such wild things together into a book and blew me away. This was easily one of my all-time favorites.