Monday, March 16, 2015
Review: Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
Release Date: March 3rd, 2015
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genre: Mystery (ish)
Rating: 4 STARS
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.
Uuummmm...so I'm not really sure how to describe Bone Gap. Its just so...different from any other book I've ever read but not SO different that its a completely new on ever level sort of thing. And that made no sense HAHA! I'm starting over now. Bone Gap is good. Really good and it uses this weird way of telling the story where it's told through different people's point of views (like Roza and Finn and Petey) but like...in a way that...shit. Ok. Um. Jeez. Why did you do this to me Laura Ruby? I'm trying so hard and I can't describe how cool your writing style is...damnit. Basically the writing style is really interesting and everything is described in these cool and unique ways that are almost like a normal narrative thing but at the same time so, so not. And also don't be fooled like I was this book seems like its contemporary and for the most part is but is also kinda paranormal/fantasy-y. So yeah. IM SORRY I CANT DESCRIBE THIS BETTER ITS JUST A REALLY COOL INTERESTING STYLE OF STORY AND WRITING AND I KINDA FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE TO READ IT TO GET IT. (but maybe thats just me)
So, Finn! He's a dude! Who is actually really cool. He sees the world in this amazing and different way than normal people in his town and it kind of alienates him but also makes him ridiculously amazing. Finn is really smart and cool and brave and I honestly think he puts up with a lot of shit from everyone else and just kinda takes it. I mean everyone basically thinks he's crazy and his parents left him and his brother kinda does the same thing without actually leaving which makes it worse. He really deals with a lot of bad things without ever saying a word about it and keeps going on with his life trying not to let it bother him too much and I think it makes him really strong. He also doesn't let a lot of other really crazy weird things faze him. Some seriously weird stuff happens to Finn and a lot of people would be kinda freaked out and go crazy but Finn just shrugs it off and moves on. Finn is just a strong, cool, interesting person.
Here is where I would usually talk about another character but I think I'm gonna talk about the town because it feels like a character all on its own. Which I realize is weird but that's how it feels. The town sort of feels like it has its own quirky personality and opinions. Bone Gap is this little small town where everyone knows everything about everyone else (except they always seem to get the important things wrong when it comes to Finn) and yet people just...disappear and no one questions it. Throughout the book these phrases get repeated over and over like "Finn is a dreamer" or "Everyone always leaves the O'Sullivan boys" which every person in the town uses to justify everyone else's actions. Even Finn does it. So what I'm saying is...the town is its own character. What everyone in the town thinks and sees and believes is as much a part of the story as what Finn does.
Bone Gap is really cool and interesting and different to read. And theres this great thing at the end that makes it super de-duper amazing that I really really did not see coming. So if you want to read a book about a boy from a small town where a lot of pretty crazy things happen without a lot of questions asked about them by everyone else read this book. (Its like a perfect hybrid between a contemporary and a mystery) Bone Gap is really interesting and cool and you should all read it because I want to know if I'm the only one who can't think of a way to describe how amazing and weird and everything it is or not XP Happy reading! BYYYYEEEEEEE