Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Going Bovine by Libba Bray

Bray, Libba Going Bovine pgs. 480 Delacorte Books for Young Readers Language~R, Sexual Content~R; Violence~PG-13

Author Libba Bray has done a complete 180 in writing styles with her new book and Printz Award winner Going Bovine. Cameron is your less than average 16 year old trying to get through high school with as little effort as possible. Then he contracts the human equivalent to Mad Cow Disease, a fatal & incurable disease that causes the nerve cells in your brain to die. This is where the story goes from kind of weird to EXTREMELY weird. From his hospital bed, Cameron is visited by a beautiful punk angel. She promises him that there is a cure for his disease and that he must attempt to find it. Joined by Gonzo, a hypochondriac dwarf, Cameron embarks on the journey to save his life. Now is this story really happening or is it just one big hallucination? You will have to decide, but hold on. . . this story takes so many unexpected turns you will need a seatbelt!

This book contains graphic and coarse language. It also contains recreational drug use, sex, and underage drinking. I have told many of my teen readers that this is the funniest and weirdest book I have read in a long time, but that it is also the raunchiest book I have read in a VERY long time. This is not for middle schools and should only be housed in a high school if you are willing to defend it, because it will be found offensive.

PUBLIC ONLY –NO Allison Madsen~Teen Librarian-SJO Public Library

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