By Libba Bray
Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780385733977, 480pp.
Publication Date: September 22, 2009
"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.
Starred Review, Booklist, August 1, 2009:
"An unforgettable, nearly indefinable fantasy adventure."
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, August 3, 2009:
"Bray's surreal humor may surprise fans."
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