This novel turns a teen’s fatal condition into a hilarious and hallucinatory quest. Use our free chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis of Going Bovine. It helps middle and high school students understand Libba Bray’s literary masterpiece. Free summary and analysis of the events in Libba Bray’s Going Bovine that won’t make you snore. We promise.

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For the record, I’d go anywhere she wanted to take me. Hilarious, random, surreal and thought-provoking. She is originally from Texas but makes her home in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband, son, and two sociopathic cats. Visit her at brwy. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

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If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? All year-old Cameron wants is to get through high school—and life in general—with a minimum of effort.

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. From acclaimed author Libba Bray comes a dark comedic journey that poses the questions: Why are we here? What makes microwave popcorn so good? Why must we die? And how do we really learn to live? The kind of book brqy take with you to college, in the hopes that your roommate will turn out to have packed their own copy, too.

There’s adventure and tragedy here, a brau of romance, musical interludes, a battle-ready yard gnome who’s also a Norse God, and practically a chorus line of physicists. I want the sound track, the program, the T-shirt, and front row tickets. Read more Read less.

Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Add both to Cart Add both to List. Buy the selected items together This item: Ships goiing and sold by Amazon. Customers who bought this item also bought. Page 1 of 1 Start over Liba 1 of 1. Review bovnie Bray not only breaks the mold of the ubiquitous dying-teenager genre—she smashes it and grinds the tiny pieces into the sidewalk. Ember; Reissue edition September 28, Language: Start reading Going Bovine on your Kindle in gooing a minute.

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Showing of reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. I thought Libba Bray’s Beauty Queens was hysterical — and tragically underrated, so I was anxious to read the author’s latest, which is the story of Cameron, a high school student underappreciated by everyone, including his family, until he’s diagnosed with mad cow disease.

He escapes with a fellow hospital resident and embarks on an ill-defined quest, roughly paralleling Don Quixote, his latest school assignment, as he follows angels to New Orleans and beyond in a road trip populated with absurd characters.

This novel is as satirical and snarky as Beauty Queens but not as successful, bogging down as the story becomes less and less coherent. I will definitely read more by this author. Going Bovine by Libba Bray is a weird, wild ride. Although the story begins with a classic look at high school stereotypes, it quickly moves into a bizarre world of pot, music, and string theory.

Young adults will love the over-the-top approach. I particularly enjoyed the references to classic literature and Viking mythology. The book messes with convention and provokes readers to think about controversial subjects and political correctness in new ways.

From the first page, I enjoyed the “in your face” first person narrative. The language and attitude matched the character perfectly.

While the quirky style was engaging early in the story and the off-the-wall approach was intriguing during the initial fantasy sequences, I began to experience overload by the midway point and was ready for the conclusion. Each generation needs their own cult “hero journey” novel.

The surreal and sarcastic aspects are perfect for the high school crowd that enjoys unconventional novels. One person found this helpful. X, who can both provide a cure and save the world from conspiring evil forces. Bray’s writing is sharp and witty and moves at a fairly quick pace, which i found to be very refreshing. Or at least, I think that’s what I say. For all I know I could have said, “Board the cows! We’ve come to enslave your marigolds. X, along with the length of the book, made for some segmented reading.

Go, badass girly-singing man! Pull over so I can take it off! Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. This was an amazing book, a very funny and engrossing read. However, while I can easily believe in Norse gods in the form of garden gnomes and multidimensional lbiba travel, the libva that it took the bus 9 hours to get from New Orleans to the Mississippi border was just too much of a stretch of the imagination.


Zero stars, burn this book! Libba Bray is a national treasure. If she ever needs an exfiltration, she should get it, probably from Goinh Force 1. It’s a fresh and singular take on Don Quixote — who also had hallucinations, of course — and Sancho Panza, where every signpost along the road is significant.

It’s elegantly structured, and uses string theory to explore themes of love, friendship, and what makes a life worth living. A whip-smart but unpretentiousfunny but also sadwonderful book. You be the judge. Cameron is your run-of-the-mill teenaged slacker, barely passing his classes and spending all of his beay time smoking pot. His family doesn’t understand him and he’s always being compared to his popular and perky sister, Jenna.

When Cameron suddenly starts acting strangely and having hallucinations, his parents suspect drug use.

Turns out, he has Creutzfeldt-Jakob’s disease mad cow disease and his brain is turning to mush. Here’s where the story gets weird. After a punk-rock angel named Dulcie sets him out on a quest to save the world and find a cure for his terminal disease, he hooks up with a hypochondriac dwarf and a garden gnome.

Cameron’s adventure shares many parallels with both Don Quixote a book he had been reading in English class and The Wizard of Oz if Dorothy was a horny teenaged boy and the yellow brick road was a rare virus. By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Cameron’s journey also has many parallels to See all reviews.

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