Title: Going Bovine
Author: Libba Bray
Publisher: Random House
"Can Cameron find what he’s looking for? All 16-year-old Cameron wants is to get through high school—and life in general—with a minimum of effort. It’s not a lot to ask. But that’s before he’s given some bad news: he’s sick and he’s going to die. Which totally sucks. Hope arrives in the winged form of Dulcie, a loopy punk angel/possible hallucination with a bad sugar habit. She tells Cam there is a cure—if he’s willing to go in search of it. 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 into the heart of what matters most."
Going Bovine is a witty yet sad novel that will have you laughing out while your parents look at you like you're on crack or other drugs. It's definitely readable.
Cameron's character was your typical bad boy, who sometimes did drugs. He comes off as someone with a great sense of humor and doesn't really let anything bother him. Then he's diagnosed with mad cow disease and is going to die. He doesn't take it seriously to the end. At times, the reality and non reality clashed together into something totally confusing. But I liked it either way.
I haven't read any of Bray's work, but I found out that it's pretty good. She was able to making something tragic with a mix of humor. Has any author been able to recreate that? I highly doubt it. This book had me mixed on whether I actually liked or not. It made me laugh uncontrollably, but the theme throughout it has me confused. Whatever. I do recommend you go out and buy/borrow it.