Author(s): Libba BrayDownload
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.
Some Reviews: 3871 in Goodreads.com
I’m biased, of course. Libba’s not just my client, she’s my wife. But this is one of the funniest books I’ve ever read, and will break your heart at the same time.
She wrote the first draft of this book in one month, for a workshop organized by Cynthia Leitich Smith. It just poured out of her, and I knew it was something special when she’d talk about it with this little gleam in her eye.
Fans of the Gemma books may not initially think this is for them, but I think the romance, the humor, the quirk that is Libba shines through here just as much as it did in those books.
Wow! What a wild ride! Beautiful and sad.
Cameron is leading a boring teenage life; doesn’t really fit in and doesn’t really seem to care. He’s mostly just going through the motions of life without really thinking about what matters to him or what his future holds.
Then, after having halucinations, he’s diagnosed with Mad Cow Disease and that’s when things get interesting. The pieces of his memories, random thoughts from his life are scrambled with physics and philosophy, reality and alternate universes as he goes on a journey of self discovery. He learns about love, sex, friendship and what it means to really live.
Cameron’s wonderfully sarcastic voice is funny and honest. This book made me laugh and cry, occasionally at the same time.
This is one not to miss. Superior storytelling.
This book was funny, sad, and thought-provoking. I have to say this is probably one of the best teen books I’ve read in a while. And I agree 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. ”
The beginning starts off with Cameron in High School. He’s an outcast and is pretty apathetic about life. Then he starts to have hallucinations and loses control of his body at times. His parents think he’s doing drugs and acting out but after numerous test they find out he has Mad Cow disease, which is fatal.
Cameron is visited by a strange girl named Dulcie and is told he has to go on a quest to save the world. He leaves the hospital and takes another patient and high school student, Gonzo, with him. They then embark on a crazy road trip in order to save the world.
It’s hard to really divulge any more of the plot without revealing many of the surprising twists and turns that the story takes. I think some people might find it odd that it’s pretty easy to understand what’s really going on early in the story. I don’t think the secret was supposed to be kept from the reader, otherwise it would have been hidden better. Honestly, it just made the story all the more poignant knowing what was actually going on.
I really enjoyed this book, especially Balder! I’m curious now to see how Bray’s other books compare, even though they’re in a completely different genre. I’m definitely going to have to keep an eye out for any books she writes in the future as well.
My favorite book of all time. Imagine Brian Lee O’Malley surrendering his masterpiece Scott Pilgrim series to Bob Dylan, Scott Adams and Jack Kerouac. The constraints are Scott Pilgrim is now a stoner who has mad cow disease, Ramona is a punk rock angel who flies in and out of Scott’s life, and Wallace is a hypochondriac dwarf human. They all take a road trip through the dirty South and face many a task. New Orleans blues legends, smile cults, eskimo rock bands, evil snowglobes and the occaisional viking gnome.
Take all that and multiply it by an infinite amount of quality; quality that could outshine the cosmos and the small world in which we so live.
A refreshing depature for Bray, who commonly writes on matters most femme Victorian. It is a novel that will stay with you forever, guarenteed. The plot that surrounds Cameron Smith, Dulcie and Gonzo is one that many people would require years, if not decades to perfect because of it’s intricacy and sheer ecclecticism. Rarely does a story come along that is so refreshing, so beautiful. If you ever need to take a story with you to college just to read over and over again, take this along with a bit of Twain, Ballard, Bradbury and Satrapi. You will never be alone.
I often put books down at a certain point because I basically know where they’re going and, while I might be enjoying the story and even the writing, there’s so much out there to read that I can’t interest myself in seeing the perfectly nice, predictable book through to the end.
But Libba Bray’s books are rewarding on a page-by-page basis. Sentence by sentence, even. As with her unimprovable Beauty Queens, I had no idea where this book was going ever, not for a minute. And I LOVED IT. I’m still not totally sure what the hell was going on, but in a way where I could tell the author, at least, had everything under control. I hope Bray writes another insane standalone soon.
The Google Drive link after 2 shortened URL. Please support our site, We depend on ad revenue to keep maintaining this site for you to enjoy for free.