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A thoroughly unforgettable experience.-- "Franny Billingsley, award-winning author of The Folk Keeper and Chime"
[Ruby] is capable of moving you to tears, terrifying you on deep and dreamlike levels, and making your heart shout with happiness.-- "E. Lockhart, New York Times bestselling author"
In Ruby's refined and delicately crafty hand, reality and fantasy don't fall neatly into place. She compellingly muddles the two together right through to the end...Wonder, beauty, imperfection, cruelty, love, and pain are all inextricably linked but bewitchingly so.-- "Booklist (starred review)"
It is a rare book that sits comfortably on the shelf with the works of Twain, McCullers, Conroy, Stephen King, and D'Aulaires' Greek Myths-rarer still that a novel combines elements of these authors together. Bone Gap does just this, to superb effect.-- "School Library Journal"
Lush and original...it's a novel about actual changes in worldview, and all its science and myth and realism and magic are marshaled, finally, to answer crucial questions about empathy and difference and the ways we see the people we love.-- "New York Times Book Review"
Magical realism is a beloved subgenre, often difficult to pull off. Ruby's latest excels at combining the everyday with the mystical, pulling you in and not letting go until the final, fantastical conclusion. Her characters are vivid and wonderful, her story a fable, but not. This one's a winner.-- "RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars, Top Pick!)"
One part magical realism and two parts fantasy...The real magic in Bone Gap is the discovery of love, an idea many stories misrepresent but Bone Gap explores with the utmost honesty and truth.-- "VOYA"
Prepare for the extraordinary. Narrator Dan Bittner does an exceptional job guiding listeners through this compelling novel of love and beauty, identity and power. His narration flows like a river, interweaving the stories...Bittner skillfully voices characters of all ages and backgrounds. Of special note are Roza's soft-spoken Polish-accented English and the kidnapper's unctuous voice, which is fifty percent charm, twenty percent oil, and thirty percent very disturbing. This is a must listen-a consummate blend of text and voice. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.-- "AudioFile"
Told from the viewpoints of multiple Bone Gap citizens, this inventive modern fable whimsically combines elements of folklore, mythology, romance, and feminism...Refreshingly original.-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"
With lyrical and often stunning prose, Laura Ruby delivers a magical love story and chilling thriller with a cast of characters both surprising and endearing. Bone Gap will haunt you.-- "Steve Brezenoff, author of Brooklyn, Burning" --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
About the Author
Laura Ruby is the author of books for adults, teens, and children, including the Edgar-nominated mystery Lily's Ghosts, the 2006 Book Sense Pick Good Girls, and the acclaimed novels Play Me and Bad Apple. She is on the faculty of Hamline University's MFA in writing for children and young adults program and lives in the Chicago area. You can visit her online at www.LauraRuby.com.
Dan Bittner is an actor and voice talent and winner of several AudioFile Earphones Awards for audio narration. He has starred on stage and on the screen, in movies such as Men in Black, Adventureland, and the Producers: The Movie Musical. He has also appeared onstage as Macbeth and Sherlock Holmes in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- Publication Date : March 3, 2015
- Print Length : 373 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00KVI77JI
- File Size : 1052 KB
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Publisher : Balzer + Bray; Reprint Edition (March 3, 2015)
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #313,501 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Finn O'Sullivan is a clever answer to the type of characters that frequently show up in Young Adult books. He and his brother Sean are literally without parents - after their father died, his mother took off with a new love and left them to fend for themselves - and they're both smart, good-looking and well-liked by the town, but in different ways. Sean is the muscular savior who always wanted to be a doctor, Finn is the spacey heartthrob who literally has no understanding of his appeal (and I do mean literally, that turns out to be quite important).
Because this book when its not about supernatural beings who steal people into the Underworld, its about how we see each other, and what beauty truly is. Roza, the lost girl who shows up in the O'Sullivan barn, lives a life through Poland to the United States to someplace that no one can reach, and through it all people don't actually sees her. They see her beautiful face, and it overpowers her strength and compassion. It was hard to read about what Roza went through. It's hard to be reminded of what women have to go through on a day to day basis. Petey, or Priscilla, is on the opposite side of the spectrum as Roza - as she is deemed the "ugly" girl - and in much the same way assumptions are made about her and her relationships because people don't actually see her.
But Finn does. Finn is sweet and adorable and awkward and he's not supposed to be a hero. But he is because he won't quit - he won't stop looking for Roza, he won't stop loving Petey, or trying to make his brother happy, or make a better life for himself. You understand why he is loved, but not quite trusted. When he finally decides to step forward and take matters into his own hands, its because he understands that he sees things the way no one else does, and that's he why he's the only one for the job.
Laura Ruby's writing is subtle and clever, the interludes of Petey's poems and Finn's "essays" are funny and touching. She creates characters and a setting that are tactile and real, but are still are lifted by magic. There's a bitterness in Roza's portions of the story that is hard to swallow, and the scenes where she is first kidnapped are so surreal in comparison to the more earthy magical realism of the town of Bone Gap, that the first half the book feels a little disjointed. But it all comes together really beautifully. This book is incredibly unique not just for being a damn good read, but also the message it has and the way it tells it.
Ethereal and unconnected, wandering and quite precious.
Character sketches like Finn, Petey, and Rosza are little nubbins of persons, slapped together for a writing class prompt, and plopped down into a strange town. There are no spoilers here...
But not because I am a nice guy. Nope. Instead, because this is "magical realism" and because that phrase has come to mean "no plot needed" and "strange jumps that are supposed to be cool".
Rosza is kidnapped by a creepy affectless guy. Finn is falling for Petey. They come together in an insect landscape. There is resolution, but not of a story, because there is no story, but instead resolution of a book, which means you get to put this down.
This dreamy, wandering, and pointedly unconnected writing is celebrated nowadays, and is so annoying that it is amazing that anyone finishes these kinds of books.
Roza is a foreign exchange student from Poland who finds herself the object of a cruel man’s world, the object of the dark man’s affection. He can give her anything she wants, a castle with servants and beautiful clothes, her own personal chef – just love him, just love him. But she does not, she loves Sean and longs for his rescue. She longs to go home to her “babcia”, her grandma in Poland.
In the meantime, Finn finds summer love and someone who finally believes in him. Priscilla, (don’t call me that!), “Petey” Willis lived with her mom and the bees. They made the sweet honey cakes for the café, and Petey made sweet honey kisses in the light of the moon. Finn snuck away every night on the black mare (which appeared in the barn just as suddenly as Roza did) and the two rode in between the worlds and back again.
Then Finn saw that man again, only this time he was across the street at old man Valentine’s house. That dark man knew everything, he knew about Petey and Sean, and where was Roza? What did Valentine know? He knew enough to confirm to Finn that he was the only one who could go after her, he was the only one who could “see” her. No one in the town believed him, not even Sean. He was too blinded by his pain, his anger at having been left by everyone he loved. Finn had to do it, he had to save Roza.
He left that night in search of the gap, the place where the two worlds collide, where the corn whispers “here, here, here.” The mare couldn’t take him, he had to do this alone. How will he ever find Roza? Will he find his way home again, or be lost to the other world forever?
I know how it ends, but I would not want to ruin it for you. You will have to read it yourself, and I would recommend you read it. This book was full of surprises, although it took until the second chapter of the first section before I got into the “flow” of the way the book was going to go. It jumps back and forth between characters, which is good for a young audience with a short attention span. Two things I really liked about this book. First of all, it was not a typical, scripted, predictable, cliché fantasy teen romance. Secondly, it was full of little metaphors within the writing which gave the story a deeper, twofold meaning – just like the two worlds presented in the story. For example, “least, that’s what it looked like. A roped-off room in a castle somewhere, a room made entirely of blocks of stone, icy and cold, even though a fire burned low in the hearth. A room where doomed queens went to die” (Ruby, 2015).
This book is a great read for teens and adults!
Top reviews from other countries
It's not that this was a bad book, because it wasn't. It's not even that it was a strange book, because I love that in my stories. It's just that there was no point to its strangeness. In most books, magical realism has a place and a purpose, whereas here I felt like it was just thrown in to try and make the story seem more complex than it really was.
Bone Gap would've benefited a lot from being more of a thriller than a fantasy, because the best parts of the story are in the characters. They're in the relationship between Finn and Petey, the story of Roza's captivity, and the uniqueness of Finn's condition.
This book is at its best when its exploring the relationships between the characters and the odd sense of community in the town, made stronger by its need to simultaneously ostracise and show sympathy for its outsiders.
Laura Ruby writes magnificent dialogue, but the best things are they things the characters don't say at all. Finn's internal monologues are the most interesting to read, because they contain every ounce of him that he's too scared to show to the world.
It's beautiful to be able to see a character in a way that's clear nobody else does. And the revelation of why he can't remember the face of Roza's kidnapper was a wonderful twist and the way it impacted Finn and his relationship with his brother was fantastically done.
As for Roza, I adored how her story was sandwiched between the pages of Finn's. Laura Ruby portrayed Roza's relationship with her captor in more complex and twisted in a way I never imagined, and I found myself looking forward to her chapters the most.
Roza was more than just a 'damsel in distress', but became a true heroine capable of fighting for not only her life, but her sense of self. What sullied Roza's chapters were the magical elements of both her prison and her kidnapper, which were unnecessary and took away from the intimate emotion of those scenes.
Despite a very slow start, this book really grabbed me toward the end and I found myself eager to see Roza find her salvation and Finn find a way to accept himself. If the magical realism wasn't so forced, then this would've been less confusing and more of a strong character novel. Unfortunately, the magical elements was just superfluous and distracted from the true story; which was about family, belonging, and the kind of love that stems from truly knowing a person.
Favourite quote: “Funny how you notice how beautiful things are just when you're about to leave them."
Overall rating: 3/5 little birdies
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THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD. It’s also hard to review properly without spoiling. Bullet point time:
• It was really funny at times, yet also heart breaking and very creepy (especially during the ending).
• Finn is such a great main character. He is a dreamer, a bit of a slacker, but also very friendly.
• I really enjoyed the fact that Petey (who Finn has a crush on) was considered ugly. It felt very liberating to finally read romance that didn’t involve two stunning main characters, but one who actually really struggles with the way she looks. I think that ‘Bone Gap’ does a very good job overall of flinging clichés out of the window.
• I liked the parallels between Petey and Roza and the way men treated them.
• The twist! Ah, the twist. It should have been obvious yet it wasn’t. I felt it was executed incredibly well.
• The kidnapper was such a creep. Brrr. I loved to hate him.
• The way the scenery of Illinois was incorporated in the story was done very well, I really felt like I was standing near luscious corn fields and dusty roads.
• ‘Bone Gap’ is hard to classify. I’ve shelved it as magical realism, though it has elements of other genres as well: contemporary, horror, thriller, mystery/suspense… I think that many people will love it because it has such diverse elements, yet still feels put together.
Overall, I’m just so glad that I read this novel. Sigh.