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Going Bovine by Libba Bray This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By ninjadragon56, Denver, CO

“The best day of my life happened when I was five and almost died at Disney World.”

This is the beginning of Libba Bray's award-winning book, Going Bovine. The rest is just as funny and raw as the first line. It introduces Cameron, an underachiever who only wants to get through life unscathed. The story is told through his eyes and nothing is left out.

Cam is honest, funny, and at times, incredibly awkward. ­Interesting characters who ­interact in very real ways (who knew that a stoner would give such an interesting physics lesson?) and the traumas of high school all play a part in Going Bovine. Cameron stays in the background until he gets some bad news: He's going to die, which is really “sucktastic.

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