Image of Going Bovine


Image of Going Bovine

Bray takes a turn at the fantastical
with this very excellent tale. Cameron
is a realistic, warts-and-all teen, and therefore, at times, frustrating and unlikable. But thanks to Bray's rather formidable writing skills, readers will still root for him. Cameron's surreal journey is funny, bittersweet and thought provoking all at once. Pick
this one up; you won't be sorry.

Sixteen-year-old Cameron is not that into ... well, anything, really. He just wants to coast through school, smoke some pot and stop by his favorite music store to mockingly enjoy some obscure records. But then Cameron is diagnosed with the human form of mad cow disease, and the prognosis isn't good. As his mind begins playing tricks on him, especially in the form of a punk rock angel named Dulcie, Cameron's not sure what's real and what isn't. When Dulcie sends him on a journey to search for a cure, Cameron discovers a lot of surprising things, including, perhaps most shocking of all, -- that he wants to live, really live. (DELACORTE, Oct., 496 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9780385733977, HC, 14 and Up)
Reviewed by: 
Marie Bongiorno