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Want It Wednesday #9

Two picks this week-one a long wait and one a short wait. Enjoy!

Going Bovine by Libba Bray

Release Date: 9/22/09

About the Book (From GoodReads): A dark comedy about a 16 year old boy named Cameron who has mad cow disease and a 16 year dwarf named Gonzo who he met in the hospital. Gonzo is a video gamer who thinks that everything is trying to kill him. Cameron has visitation from a punkish angel named Dulcie who has a propensity for spray-painting her wings. They are all on a mission to get to Disneyworld.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Ok, I might get yelled at by a lot of people, but I wasn't in love with A Great and Terrible Beauty. I liked it, but it wasn't my favorite. I'm interested in seeing what Libba Bray does with a contemporary setting.

Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco Stork

Release Date: 3/1/09

About the Book (From Amazon): Marcelo Sandoval hears music no one else can hear--part of the autism-like impairment no doctor has been able to identify--and he's always attended a special school where his differences have been protected. But the summer after his junior year, his father demands that Marcelo work in his law firm's mailroom in order to experience "the real world." There Marcelo meets Jasmine, his beautiful and surprising coworker, and Wendell, the son of another partner in the firm.

He learns about competition and jealousy, anger and desire. But it's a picture he finds in a file -- a picture of a girl with half a face -- that truly connects him with the real world: its suffering, its injustice, and what he can do to fight.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I've heard some buzz about this one and read some great reviews, so I really can't wait to read this one. Plus, I'm interested in see how Marcelo compares to other austic book characters.


  1. no yelling here I also didn't love A Great and Terrible Beauty but the new cover has me totally interested.

  2. I haven't read anything by Libba, but this sounds amazing. I really really want to read it.

    I haven't heard of the second one. Sounds good though!!!


  3. Gonna have to disagree with you in that I think Libba Bray's Gemma Doyle trilogy was amazing, lol. Whereas this one... seems a little...strange...

  4. Going Bovine looks the cute cover and the summary sounds unique! As for the yelling-at part, don't get any of those crazy people (sorry, Steph ^_^) around me....I haven't even read the Gemma Doyle books yet! (:

  5. Erika-I'm so glad I'm not the only one!:) I do like this cover though and I think it could end up being really funny.

    Lauren-I hope you get a chance to read it-I'd love to read your review!:)

    Steph-yeah, Goving Bovine does have a strange plot. Who would've thought of writing about Mad Cow disease?

    Bookworm-I don't feel so left out! I've only read the first one in the series-good to know there's other people that haven't read them either!


  6. The Bovine title seems a little strange for my tastes, but the Marcelo book looks more interesting to me.

  7. The Bovine title seems a little strange for my tastes, but the Marcelo book looks more interesting to me.

  8. This is the 2nd blog that I've seen Going Bovine...and now it makes me curious to read it! The cover could use some work though :D

    I never heard of Marcelo in the Read World, but it sounds good! The cover is really pretty!

  9. lol The cover for Going Bovine, is interesting. If I saw it on a shelf I'd definitely have to pick it up and see what that was all about! :)

  10. I can't wai for Going Bovine because I love Libba Bray's other books and what I've read about Going Bovine makes it sound awesome!


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