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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

TBR Tuesday: Going Bovine

Most of us have books we've bought with all intentions of reading (or maybe just because it was cheap!), only to have them fade away on a shelf or disappear into a stack of books, never to be seen or thought of again.
TBR Tuesday is a way to talk about the books we own but haven't read, see what other people think about them, and help us decide whether to bump it up our list or knock it off completely.

Everyone is welcome to participate; feel free to link your TBR post to the linky below. :)

Going BovineGoing Bovine
Libba Bray

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.

I wasn't a huge fan of Bray's Gemma Doyle books, especially later in the series, but I thought they showed potential.  The premise for Going Bovine, however, caught my attention completely, and it won a Printz, which always piques my interest, so when I saw a copy at my library book sale for super cheap, I figured I'd go ahead and pick it up.  But I haven't even brought myself to consider reading it yet because I can't seem to get over my ambivalence in regards to Bray's writing, so I need to decide whether I should continue letting it take up valuable shelf space.
What do you guys think?  Should I read it or send it on its way?


  1. I LOVED this book!!! Oddly enough, I picked it up because someone I knew had "mad cow" disease.
    Turned about to be what I thought was an incredibly deep book that had a lot to say about life, religion, and modern society under the humor and just plain oddballness (yeah, not a word) of the story.
    Haven't read any of her other stuff, so I can't compare, but I'd love to hear what you think of this one!

  2. This post intrigues me, because so many bloggers rave about Libba's books.

    I haven't read this or any of her other stuff, so I wouldn't know whether or not you should keep it.

  3. I love the sound of this one and would like to read it myself. If you have other works by this author to base it on maybe pass but on the other hand this one may be the winner you are looking for. Only one way to find out.

  4. I can't believe I haven't tried this yet.

  5. I've had this one on my list forever, even picked it up from the library last year but I just never got around to it.

  6. I feel like I could have written this almost word for word : I enjoyed the first book of the Gemma Doyle series, kinda, but felt a bit "meh" about the other two. I bought Going Bovine for similar reasons to yours and still haven't read it! I would say, give it a try and if after a certain number of pages (20? 50?) it doesn't click, send it on its way!


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