Going Bovine by Libba Bray | Delacorte Books | September 2009 | Paperback $10.99
Read this one on a long, cramped airplane trip. I bring that up because the odd reading circumstances may have colored my opinions.
Libba Bray (an awesome Texas author with a great writing blog and a real connection with her fans) give us unique story over all, even if the road-trip-as-coming-of-age-story thing gets to be a little cliché sometimes... but there's just enough weirdness to make it different and keep up the head scratching.
The ending drags out a little, and it is not a surprise BUT it still manages to tug lightly at the reader's heartstrings. Think of this book as a cross between Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Catcher in the Rye. Definitely recommended for readers who like 'em a little weird!
You see that big shiny medal with the "P" on the front cover? That means this book won the prestigious Printz Award in 2010. Fans of Libba Bray, author of the popular Gemma Doyle series and contributor to some awesome story collections like Zombies vs. Unicorns and 21 Proms, will be pleased to know that she is currently working on Lair of Dreams (a sequel to The Diviners, which was nominated for both the Bram Stoker and Andre Norton awards last year).
Bray, Libba. Going Bovine. New York: Delacorte, 2009. Print.
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