by Libba Bray
Summary: (from goodreads.com)
Cameron Smith, 16, is slumming through high school, overshadowed by a sister “pre-majoring in perfection,” while working (ineptly) at the Buddha Burger. Then something happens to make him the focus of his family's attention: he contracts mad cow disease. What takes place after he is hospitalized is either that a gorgeous angel persuades him to search for a cure that will also save the world, or that he has a vivid hallucination brought on by the disease. Either way, what readers have is an absurdist comedy in which Cameron, Gonzo (a neurotic dwarf) and Balder (a Norse god cursed to appear as a yard gnome) go on a quixotic road trip during which they learn about string theory, wormholes and true love en route to Disney World.
Did you read that summary? Seriously, this book was out of this world. It takes a great writer to write a book that you literally are not sure at the end if everything WAS a hallucination or not. Or maybe I really just want it to be real. The adventures Cameron and Gonzo embark on are hilarious, definitely full of fantasy, and always quite strange. They meet a famous musician who is supposed to be dead, end up on Spring Break with a MTV like television show, and are fighting fire giants on and off all this time.
The only disappointment was when the book ended... I won't reveal any spoilers, but the ending really was not satisfying in any way to me. But, I will put that aside because this book was outstanding. A must-read for lovers of well.. realistic, fantastical fiction.
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