by Libba Bray
When I read the summary of Going Bovine:
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.
I thought to myself, “self, this is one crazy sounding book. Why do I want to read this?” Well, sometimes you just have to take a chance on a book, and that’s what I did, especially because it is a whopping 480 pages and I am a not known as a speedy reader.
So, this book was hilarious and moving. It tells a great story about a young guy who never really lived his life until he got sick. His trip to find the cure for his disease is so completely random, but in the most satisfying way. Cameron is a character that I think everyone can relate to, at least I did, because he is the everyday man. He takes his parents and sister for granted, he is not popular in school, and he doesn’t really live his life. After being diagnosed with Mad Cow disease, which btw one of the symptoms is hallucinations, Cameron will do whatever it takes to get better–including listening to a punk angel named Dulcie, rescuing a garden gnome who is really a Norse god, and driving across the country to track down a scientist that may have his cure but who also may have opened up a black hole. Bray sets up the whole trip so well, with allusions that it may be one big hallucination, but all along I found myself hoping that it was real. I will not give away the ending to this strange trip, but I will say it is very satisfying.