Going Bovine by Libba Bray
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.
This was quite possibly the most random book I've ever read. I don't mean this in a bad way, but, wow. Random. And hilarious. I found myself cracking up every couple of pages. It's also one of the few books I've read that's written by a female with a male MC that didn't make me seriously wonder what the author was thinking :) Anyhow, I have lots of love for Bray, and I've really enjoyed her other books, and I definitely think this one was great. I wish I hadn't figured out the "twist" at the end quite so early on, but hey, it was fun, the character arc was spot-on, and I had fun reading it. I really didn't think it was all that "deep" but maybe I'm just callused. At any rate, Cameron's character was a jerk at the start, but I could understand that, too, and it really solidified his character for me. At any rate, if you're looking for an amusing, random, but fun read, check it out! (Oh, and it has a lot of physics theory in it--points for that, even if my hubby thinking a bunch of the theories are crap. String theory? Really? Okay, yeah, that's a blog for another time....or not.)