Going Bovine by Libba Bray, Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2009, 496 pp, ISBN: 0385733976
- Mad Cow Disease
- A talking yard gnome
- Fire giants
- Starfighter: The most quoted movie ever (never thought I would say that about a movie not starring Will Ferrell)
- A pink haired, punk angel with spray-painted wings
- The Church of Everlasting Satisfaction and Snack N' Bowl
- Snowglobe killers
- An epic journey through space and across the country
Are you confused yet? Yup, I was too. Going Bovine was certainly unlike anything else I've ever read. I have to admit, the first chapter made me pretty skeptical about the remaining 490-ish pages. I just was not super interested a teenage-stoner-boy-narrator who swears a lot and specializes in apathy. However, I LOVE Libba Bray and I'm a pretty big fan of the Printz Award, so I kept reading.
Final verdict? While Going Bovine is not one of those books that I'm going to recommend to everyone I know, I can appreciate it for it is: amazingly creative, incredibly unique, and one that will you keep you guessing until the very last feather falls. For me, the ultimate message had a lot in common with William Wallace's famous quote: Every man dies, but not every man really lives. Cameron's journey was all about the importance of creating adventures and experiencing everything life has to offer.
Whether you've read Going Bovine or not, you have got to check out Libba Bray's website. It is absolutely fabulous! She has created links and pages for all of the strange and wonderful things from her books, like CESSNAB, the Copenhagen Interpretation, and even the Great Tremalo.
I love this lady.