Going Bovine by Libba Bray

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Cameron Smith is a slacker with no real interests, hobbies or likes. His boring life is turned upside down when he is diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, essentially a death sentence. While in the hospital, he is visited by a glam-punk angel named Dulcie who tells him his only chance for a cure is to find the mysterious Dr. X, who is lost somewhere in time and space. Accompanied by a death-obsessed, video-gaming dwarf and a yard gnome (who is really the Norse god Baldur), Cameron embarks on a cross-country road trip in a desperate attempt to save his life.

A dark comedy, this book offers plenty of laughs. Bray lampoons modern youth culture, the U.S. Educational system, and America's consumer culture. The author skillfully weaves together elements from different mythologies as well as modern culture to form a cohesive book that is both touching and entertaining. Going Bovine was the winner of the 2010 Michael L. Printz Award, which is given annually by the Young Adult Library Services Association, of the American Library Association.

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