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. Free summary and analysis of the events in Libba Bray’s Going Bovine that won’t make you snore. We promise.

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Another good aspect of Going Bovine was its central theme or the idea that Bray is trying to communicate throughout the story: Stick a fork in me. Videos About This Book. Set preferences to see our top age-appropriate picks for your kids.

What does this book MEAN? Other language is milder, such as “pissed,” “hell,” “crap,” “damn,” and “turd. Mar 31, Addie rated it did not like it Shelves: Balder, the yard gnome who claimed to be a god cursed, was also very amusing.

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Now, I am giving this book 2. Except, it’s all in his head. He abstains from drinking when he knows he will drive. Maybe this is it. Is it OK for kids to read books outside their reading levels?

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I will muscle my way through even the most laboriously written or detailed novel because I hate to leave books unfinished, but this one I couldn’t stand to keep reading any longer.


It was entertaining and somewhat humorous, however, I just got the feeling Bray was trying a little too hard to write a good John Green novel. Views Read Edit View history. Recommended for seventh graders on up, if you feel comfortable with substance abuse, iterations of the F-word, a graphic description of crummy copulation, and a coy recounting of celestial sex.

There was a weak life lesson about learning to live, although this 16 year-old’s version of “living” is losing one’s virginity. I didn’t know where Cameron’s hallucinations start and where his reality ended.

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In the beginning, I found Cameron wholly unrelatable, but Bray is so witty and has such a way with sarcastic metaphors and sneaking in description so you see and smell and hear and feel the book without Bray takes on the great Don Quixote and delivers more than a modern satire. Libba Bray hanging obvine with the stoners and miscreants in the high goimg bathroom, some with little more on their mind than escaping the mundane world by getting high and wadding up the the institutional cheap-ass paper towels, getting them wet and hurling the gluey muck at the ceiling, while Libba’s there doing the same, but through her cannabis fug is intent on recreating a Dale Chihuly-esque Bellagio Hotel-like thing of beauty, transforming the splatfest into somet Somewhat apt analogy here: 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.


I have so many questions about what’s happening in Libba Bray’s brain. I have acknowledge your existence, peon. He was falling further to the bottom the closer he reached the end of the road. Lists with This Book. Then it went really libbq. I was surprised by my reaction to this because I really loved Beauty Queens.

Something about the vibrations. Not great with subtlety. Based on 5 reviews.

Going Bovine

All of the sudden it was all about Dulcie. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. A particularly wicked smoke session ends badly, with Cameron hallucinating “fire giants” hell-bent on infernal destruction. It follows the experiences of high school junior Cameron Smith as he suffers from transmissible spongiform encephalopathy.

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