Going Bovine

Reader: Elise S
Age: 13
Title: Going Bovine
Author: Libba Bray
Publisher: Delacourte Press
Pub Date: 9/09
Galley: Yes
Nominate for Teens’ Top 10: Yes
Annotation: When Cameron is diagnosed with mad cow disease, he has no idea what he's in for. Dulcie, a punk angel in combat boots, who's addicted to sugar, sends him on a road trip to find a Doctor, who can cure him of his supposed mad cow disease, and so doing get rid of the dark matter from a parallel universe, with the company of a death-obsessed dwarf named Gonzo. On the way they encounter a Viking god trapped as a garden gnome, very old musicians, demonic snow globes, and terrifying TV shows.
Recommend: Yes
Convince us to read the book: This book was hilarious and quirky, but still had a great plot, and made some very good observations on life. At some points it could be taken as deep, and meaningful, and at others it was full of Viking garden gnomes, and a death-obsessed dwarf!
Compelling Aspect of the Book: I like things that are zany. The absolute creativity used in this book was amazing. I couldn't predict what was going to happen, and that's always refreshing. I liked how she brought back the little details, and tied it all together.
Did you finish: Yes
Were you disappointed with the book at all: I was a little bit disappointed with the ending. It could have been much more clear. I want to know details about what happened to the other characters.
Comments: This is definitely a run out and buy it as soon as it comes out book!
Did the cover tempt you: The cover was completely AWESOME! A personified cow holding a garden gnome?! It drew me in, was related to the book, and amused me greatly!
Age Range: 12-17
Quality: 5Q Hard to imagine a better book
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal

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