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Bone Gap Hardcover – March 3, 2015
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“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))
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved this book starting with the first page! It has a peculiar style about it that makes you jump into a whirlwind of awe as you keep turning the page. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
This book had a strong beginning but to me, the ending seemed rush and not entirely believable. The story did have strong character development though.Published 4 days ago by BubbleThoughts
Excellent story with a supernatural scary twist. Very well written!Published 5 days ago by mamatams
Such an amazing book! I read it months ago and I still think about it all the time.Published 10 days ago by Katy Cummings
At one point during this novel, I actually had goose bumps (and I do not get them a lot)... This novel had one of the most terrifying villains and I loved it!Published 15 days ago by Mohamad Jaber
Roza arrived in the small town of Bone Gap almost as quickly as she disappeared. Only she didn't run off like the residents believe. Finn saw the man take her away in a black SUV. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Books, Vertigo and Tea
This was a nice teenage love story that dove into the true meaning of beauty. It had fantasy elements which were nice but it played too much like realistic fiction for the majority... Read morePublished 22 days ago by B. Meinertzhagen