This novel turns a teen’s fatal condition into a hilarious and hallucinatory quest. Use our free chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis of Going Bovine. It helps middle and high school students understand Libba Bray’s literary masterpiece. From the author of the Gemma Doyle trilogy and The Diviners series, this groundbreaking New York Times bestseller and winner of the Michael L.

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Eventually, Cameron and Gonzo are separated when Cameron follows one of the employees into a ride in Tomorrowland.

I gking through this book for six weeks. Overall I would only recommend this to people that don’t have a to-read list containing a large amount of books because Going Bovine will bovins you a while to finish and by the end you may be wondering why you bothered to read it in the first place although it wasn’t that horrible.

Once the three protagonists are reunited, they continue on to the beach for an afternoon on Balder’s urging, humoring his explanation that his Norse ship is waiting for him once he gets to the shore to take him back to Valhalla.

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And he’s a teenage boy, so the stuff he comes up with is half superhero battles, half random stuff from bivine life. A lot or a little? Archived from the original on Oct 03, Melissa rated it it was ok.

Things can’t seem to get any worse until Cameron learns he has contracted Mad Cow Disease and that his de Sixteen year old Cameron Smith confidently states that the best day of his entire life was when he was a toddler and his family visited Disney Land. At this party, Cameron meets a garden gnome who is explained to actually be a Norse god named Balder, who was trapped in garden gnome form before the plot of the novel started by the god Loki, the Norse trickster who is not mentioned or explained about any more in the novel.


It’s against my religion First because I thought it would get better. It was sarcastic, and creative, and unique – how many other books can you think of where someone has mad cow disease? While they stay in New Orleans, Cameron goes to a party with two strangers who are explained to be natives of the city. The symbolism amazed me. And I goong with what Bray’s husband said in his review; “this is one of the funniest books I’ve ever read, and will break your heart at the same time.

So instead of using the “Less is more” technique, Bray succeeded in creating a character that thinks they are incredibly funny and witty, when in reality, was extremely irritating.

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A famous explorer or rock star. Other language is milder, such as “pissed,” “hell,” “crap,” “damn,” and “turd.

Before you pick this lbiba, I would recommend reading the first few chapters. Reading this book made me embarassed for Bray. Adult Written by MissIcia November 24, The first pages are pre-mad cow where the reader gets a taste of Cameron, his family, and school.


An Abundance of Katherines. The writing is truly Exceptional, and the plot is so bizarre you don’t want it to ever end! I think some people might find it odd that it’s pretty easy to understand what’s really going on early in the story.

Going Bovine

There is no treatment, no cure. It’s not exactly like I’m going to say “I was born bby Alabama…” and somebody’s going to jump up and snarl, “Oh yeah? From acclaimed author Libba Bray comes a dark comedic journey that poses the questions: Preview — Going Bovine by Libba Bray.

Refresh and try again. There’s banter, pop-culture references, lots of quotes from a made-up movie that’s certainly not Libb Warsdrag queens, drinking, cults, music, parallel universes, sex, and a lawn gnome that’s actually the Norse god Balder.

I am in most awe that Bray breaks a cardinal rule of YA fiction, especially first-person YA, and it works.

If you laugh, buy it. This novel is a monumental undertaking and somehow Bray accomplishes it. I wanted to give up so many times, but I made myself finish.

Bray — Going Bovine This page was last edited on 29 Decemberat It wasn’t the humor.