Monday, August 17, 2015

Review: Bone Gap

Title: Bone Gap
Author: Laura Ruby
Release Date: March 3rd, 2015
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 373 pages
Rating: 5 Cows

Goodreads Description: Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps—gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. After all, it wasn’t the first time that someone had slipped away and left Finn and Sean O’Sullivan on their own. Just a few years before, their mother had high-tailed it to Oregon for a brand new guy, a brand new life. That’s just how things go, the people said. Who are you going to blame?

Finn knows that’s not what happened with Roza. He knows she was kidnapped, ripped from the cornfields by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember. But the searches turned up nothing, and no one believes him anymore. Not even Sean, who has more reason to find Roza than anyone, and every reason to blame Finn for letting her go.

As we follow the stories of Finn, Roza, and the people of Bone Gap—their melancholy pasts, their terrifying presents, their uncertain futures—acclaimed author Laura Ruby weaves a heartbreaking tale of love and loss, magic and mystery, regret and forgiveness—a story about how the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are.

If I had to write a one sentence review of Bone Gap to let you know how much I liked this book:

Loved the ARC of Bone Gap so much, that I am going out to buy the actual published copy of it for my collection.

Honestly though, it’s a rare occasion when I go out and buy a finished copy of a book after I read and review the ARC.  I typically keep the ARCs, because I’m not too picky about them being the unfinished version.  Occasionally though, I’ll fall in love with the book so much, that I need the hardcover finished copy of the book.  Point in case, Bone Gap.

That boy’s a few Froot Loops short of a full box, you know what I mean?”

I loved the small town feels, especially the language and kitschy sayings.  It was also my first experience reading a book about magical realism, which initially confused me, but ended up being such a wonderful experience.  It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book that was so original. 

It wouldn’t be a YA book without a good old lesson in it, am I right folks?  Bone Gap poses the societal issue of how women are perceived based on appearances.  The editor wrote an extremely beautiful letter in the beginning of the ARC of Bone Gap (not sure if it’s in the finished copy but I sure hope so) discussing this problem, and how Ruby’s book demonstrates the main character, Roza, and how she overcomes this.  Although I wouldn’t suggest going to such extremes as Roza did at the end of the book (no spoilers, but this decision on Roza’s part was my only complaint about this book), it was her journey along the way and the men she encounters that really drives home this idea.  In today’s media and everyday life, it’s clear women are still being objectified, and what’s on the inside isn’t always looked at before what’s on the outside.  Roza meets so many bad men who only want her because she’s pretty, that she is dumbfounded when she meets Sean, who looks at her for who she is, and not just how she looks.

So while I hunt down a finished copy of this book, I am already composing a list of who to pass my ARC of Bone Gap to and anxiously awaiting feedback from my best friend who already has it.  As far as 2015 reads go, this one has definitely made the top.  


1 comment:

  1. Nice review! Like you I rarely want to purchase the finished copy of an ARC I've read as well. However, Last month, I read the uncorrected proof for Elizabeth Gilbert's book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear and loved it so much that I plan on purchasing the hardback copy next month when it's released.

    Here's a link to my blog review of Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear:


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