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.
©2009 Libba Bray; (P)2009 Random House
Bray has a great idea, but the book is plagued by curse words. Apparently she thinks that all teens must talk that way. She is also stuck in the 80s. This is supposed to be a contemporary book, yet there are references to Star Wars and video arcades (which hardly exist any more). She seems hung up on MTV, with a thinly veiled Carson Daley as a chief annoyance.
The idea, however, of a kid launching on a Quixotic quest while having Mad Cow Disease is great. I also loved having the god Balder stuck in a yard gnome. However, with this set up, the bad guy is obviously swiped from Star Wars (read Luke vs Vader in Degobah) and the ending is a serious let down.
Libba Bray is one of my favorite authors. This book however wasn't up to my standards. It's an interesting read with an okay narrator. I probably won't relisten/reread it. I am glad I did at least once though since I enjoy the author.
The story was very well written. However there was a few parts that weren't really cleared up and then ending was a little confusing as to what happened to Cameron. Over all I think it was a pretty good book.
Book came highly recommended by another author, so I downloaded it without even looking at what it was about. Interesting listen...I was pulled in from the beginning
the Fault In Our Stars... Both books discuss teenagers and death
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