Title: Bone Gap
Author: Laura Ruby
Publication: March 3rd 2015, Balzer + Bray
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
ISBN: 0062317601 / 9780062317605
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.
“Funny how you notice how beautiful things are just when you’re about to leave them.”
Wow. I just don’t know where to start. And I don’t even know if words or this review would be enough to give justice to this book. It’s an amazing, magical, and a page-turner all in one. Though it’s a little confusing because some part is still a blur to me, but the over all is an A+ to me.
Well, this story is just about the small town of Bone Gap, where a girl named Roza suddenly appeared in the lives of the brothers Finn and Sean, and how she magically disappeared as well. Finn said she was kidnapped but then, he couldn’t explain what the kidnapper looks like and soon, the whole town, even Sean who has a thing for Roza, just settled with the idea that Roza left because she wanted to. But not Finn. He tried to find and find and find Roza though he doesn’t even know where to start looking.
As the story goes on, I discovered that Finn has this condition in which he couldn’t recognize someone based on the face but instead, he could recognize someone based on the physical attribute, such as body type, and the way that a person moves. You see, this maybe a hindrance for Finn to find Roza, but he still did. Because he didn’t use his eyes just to look but he used them to see, not just the outer attributes but the inner beauty as well. And at the end? Finn was the hero who just didn’t bring Roza back but Sean’s happiness as well because it was lost when Roza left.
One of the things that I like in this story is the characters that will make you feel as if you were them. Also, this gave me the creeps because as a girl, I would love to be admired but not to the point where there would be a stalker and a kidnapper who’s inlove with my looks alone. Just like the book said, “Being gorgeous might be more trouble than it’s worth.” I also like the strong characteristics of Finn, Sean, Roza and Petey. Finn because he’s condition didn’t hinder him from seeing what others fail to see. Also, he liked Petey, or should I say love Petey despite what people are saying about her. Well, it’s true that beauty catches someone’s attention but the attitude is the reason why someone stays. Next is Sean who’s my role model of a brother. I don’t have an older brother but if I were given a chance, he’d probably be the one I’m wishing to have. Also, it’s like he knows that sometimes, things happen to you, and it doesn’t matter if you know the reason or not, because at the end of the day, it’s still you who’ll write your own story. Next is Roza. I like her for one thing. She’s brave to lose something she have in favor of the common good. Not every girl would be willing to do what she did. And lastly, Petey who’s strong enough to endure what the people of Bone Gap is telling about her.
I could have give this book a rating of 5/5 but there are really some part that left me confused and there are still some questions in my mind but nevertheless, I still recommend this book! It’s totally worth reading!
Laura Ruby writes fiction for adults, teens and children. She is the author of the newly-released YA novel Bone Gap, as well as the Edgar-nominated children’s mystery Lily’s Ghost, the ALA Quick Pick for teens Good Girls (2006), a collection of interconnected short stories about blended families for adults, I’m not Julia Roberts (2007), and the forthcoming middle-grade trilogy YORK. To know more about her and the books she wrote, go and head on to her website.