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Bone Gap Hardcover – March 3, 2015

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Gr 10 Up—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. We start with a boy named Finn and his brother, Sean. Sean is the classic hero: strong, silent, great at everything he does. Finn is a pretty boy whose otherworldly goofiness has earned him the nicknames Spaceman, Sidetrack, and Moonface. Along comes Rosza, a beautiful and damaged young woman, fleeing from some unknown evil. When she disappears, only Finn witnesses her abduction and he is unable to describe her captor. He is also unsure whether she left by force or choice. The author defies readers' expectations at every turn. In this world, the evidence of one's senses counts for little; appearances, even less. Heroism isn't born of muscle, competence, and desire, but of the ability to look beyond the surface and embrace otherworldliness and kindred spirits. Sex happens, but almost incidentally. Evil happens, embodied in a timeless, nameless horror that survives on the mere idea of beauty. A powerful novel.—Nina Sachs, Walker Memorial Library, Westbrook, ME


“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 way we see people we love.” (New York Times Book Review)

“BONE GAP marks Laura Ruby as one of fiction’s most original voices. She is capable of moving you to tears, terrifying you on deep and dreamlike levels, and making your heart shout with happiness. This book is magic realism at its most magical.” (E. Lockhart, author of WE WERE LIARS)

“Ruby’s novel deserves to be read and reread. It is powerful, beautiful, extraordinary.” (SLJ)

“With rich characters, captivating world building, and a stunning secret at its heart, BONE GAP is utterly bewitching.” (ALA Booklist (starred review))

“Cleverly conceived, and lusciously written.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

“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.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (Starred Review))

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray (March 3, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062317601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062317605
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This book is breathtaking. I just finished it about five minutes ago and am having a hard time organizing my thoughts because this book is just so incredible on so many levels. The prose, for starters. Toe-curlingly good. I caught my breath a few times. The characters are well-drawn and quirky in the best possible way and just so living and breathing and aching that you can't help but feel for them. The story is incredibly original, the magic makes me feel like I'm a little kid again swimming around inside books instead of just reading them. I honestly don't have a single criticism for this book. It's impeccable. Easily in my top 10 books ever. Read it now!
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Haunting and empowering. I really don't think I can be as elegant as I want to be in reviewing this book because I'm still kind of in awe. I love magical realism, the way the mundane seamlessly blends into the magical, how you're never quite sure what is real, and this did not disappoint. Though we start with and mainly follow the main character, Finn, a teen boy dealing with a mother who abandoned him and his brother, the character who stole the show for me was Roza. Her incredible strength of character is a model we should be showing to our kids - boys AND girls. Her story captivated me from the first. The relationship between Finn and his brother Sean was also fascinating and heartbreaking. The more you got to know the inhabitants of Bone Gap, the more you feel like you're a part of the town.

It was a bit slow for me to start, but the mystery of Roza pulled me in and the sinister, otherwordly magic lurking in the gaps of Bone Gap captivated me. This is one of those books I read so fast I was hardly aware of time passing. Though you don't get a full explanation (it is magical realism, after all) of all the otherwordly mysteries in this world, the ending was definitely satisfying. I loved it.
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Welcome to Bone Gap, Illinois, where the people are a bit odd, magic lingers. Bone Gap is an apropos name since there are places, or “gaps” in the town where reality is a bit fluid, and otherworldly doors appear. Brothers Sean and Finn O’Sullivan live in Bone Gap, and everyone loves Sean, who is an EMT and has taken care of Finn since their mother ran off a few years before. Finn is different. Certainly different enough for the folks of Bone Gap, already a place a bit left of center, to take notice of. He’s a bit dreamy, has a hard time remembering faces, and he’s infatuated with a girl named Petey who lives with her mother Mel and keeps bees, and he has a best friend named Miguel, whose arms are a bit longer than normal. Finn believes his serious brother hates him, and resents having to care for him since their mother left. The situation has only gotten worse since Roza disappeared.

Roza came into the brothers’ lives in need of help, and they gave it. The town, subsequently, fell hard for the lovely Roza. Her hands brought plants and vegetables into the world as if by magic, and since she disappeared, Bone Gap is just a little less greener, the crops more wilted. Finn actually witnessed Roza’s disappearance, and the man that took her, and now he’s spotted that man again. But, no one will listen to Finn (who is frustratingly unable to provide details about the mysterious figure), so he must find a way to get Roza back himself.

Meanwhile, Roza is being held in what seems to be a construct of the man that took her (her locations vary, as if in a dream.) He keeps her prisoner, yet grants her any wish (except her freedom, of course), while repeatedly asking her if she loves him yet.
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Format: Kindle Edition
***I received this book as a gift.

Bone Gap is a bizarre and gritty tale about perception, growing up, and learning to see beyond the surface of a person into what makes them unique.

Bone Gap perfectly captures the power of gossip and perception in a small town. The way that labels have a life of their own and are continued through constant use. The people of the town adore nicknames that function as stigmas, they dictate how each character lives their life and it’s hard to escape one this mask is placed on them. In Bone Gap, what the town thinks of you can make or break your life there and shackle you to a very limited concept of self.

The characters are intriguing and diverse. They each have unique, memorable personalities (though I would have liked to have seen more character interactions). From bee tamers to vivacious Polish girls, each character has a story that you’ll want to hear.

I appreciate books that I can learn from and Bone Gap had several quirky facts that I’d never heard about before. The psychological condition of face blindness for one, the foods and customs of Poland, and the complex art of beekeeping all drew me into the story.

Alternating POVs flip-flopped between past and present. Hearing Roza’s story propelled the mystery forward and left many things uncertain.

Bone Gap is, at times, extremely slow to the point of losing interest. The story is a portrait of small town life and while it can be boring in nature, the mystery kind of got lost in the mundane monotony of everyday life.

Some sections were so strange and borderline psychotic that it hit magical realism and sounded like an entirely different book.
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