Basically Bone Gap is one of my favourite novels in the history of ever.
I can’t even begin to describe all the entrancing, magical, whimsical, and gorgeous words that fill up this novel! I HAVE SO MANY FEELS. I’ve even read it twice now, and the second time was even more perfect. I’m a huge fan of epic fantasy, but I have a definite weakness for magical realism too. And Bone Gap combines cornfields, honey bees, midnight magical horseback rides, strange faceless kidnappers, small town gossip, tragic brothers, missing people, and complicated emotions ALL SO FLAWLESSLY.
- THE WRITING IS SUFFOCATINGLY GORGEOUS. What is aiiiiiiir becauseI have none, just pure adoration for how these words are knit together. It’s whimsical and beautiful and emotional. It’s all honey, and corn, and gardens, and magical gaps in the universe, and strange people who don’t quite fit in. #beautiful
- THE CHARACTERS ARE SQUISHABLE BEANS OF FEELS. I absolutely love them. They all seem so dynamic and complex, even just after a few chapters. It’s actually narrated by quite a few people, which usually isn’t my favourite, but I just adore how it’s done here. The chapters mostly alternate between Finn and Roza. But we have snippets from other characters too which just makes the book EVEN BETTER SOMEHOW. IT JUST DOES. TRUST ME.
- FINN: He is so precious and odd and strange and basically an outsider because he’s very vague. He doesn’t look people in the eye and he never seems to know what’s going on. #Relatable And he feels entirely invisible because no one believes him that a strange man kidnapped Roza. I just…Finn…seriously one of my favourite characters of ever.
- ROZA: She’s a student from Poland, come to study horticulture, and just gets caught up in this catalyst of magical events. She’s very beautiful and motherly and she basically gets adopted by Finn and his brother, Sean, and then she adopts them back. IT’S SO CUTE IT’S ACTUALLY RIDICULOUS. I love all the Polish food she made for them and just how she and Sean fell in love and ADFJKADLFDJ. But she’s also, ya know, missing.
- SEAN: He’s Finn’s older bro (by about 5 years I think?) and basically Finn’s parent by default since their mother walked out. He’s all hurt that Roza’s gone and not talking to Finn because he thinks Finn’s lying…AND IT’S ALL TRAGIC AND SAD AND I LOVE THEM BUT STAHP, SEAN, TALK TO YOUR BRO.
- PETEY: She’s all salt and vinegar and bee stings and basically known for being “ugly”, which breaks my heart how the world puts so much emphasis on looks. (That is a BIG point of the book though.) I love how her sharp personality meshed with Finn’s whimsical self. Basically OTP of ever.
- THE MAGICAL REALISM ASPECT IS VERY ODD. I really liked it though! It is more magical at the end than the beginning, but there’s like little cracks throughout the whole story of strange things. And I just love it.
- I ALSO LOVE THE SUMMER VIBE. Because summer is nice, dude. All that corn and stuff and bees, two things I am 5000% allergic to but can appreciate reading. Seriously listen to me when I say AESTHETIC.
- IT HAS GOOD DISABILITY REPRESENTATION. And I will tag this under spoiler although I have heard it said that it’s wrong to treat disabilities as spoilers…but I disagree. Because if a character is finding out things about themselves, then the reader is along for that journey too. So it’s up to you and how much you want to know things before the protagonist does. But anyway! Open at thine own will.
- EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL AND GORGEOUS. The characters. The writing. The setting. The diversity. I just want to eat it, basically, because that’s what you do with beautiful books. Basically it’s the kind of book everyone needs to devour, especially if you like whimsy mixed with midnight adventures mixed with teens who don’t know what to do with themselves. If you’ve ever felt ignored or overlooked or unseen — THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU. I just adore how it’s about how you see people. And how you can look at a person and not see them. Or you can never look someone in the eyes, but you really truly see them. I GOT NO MORE WORDS. THIS BOOK IS TOO BEAUTIFUL AND I LOVE IT AN EXTRAORDINARY AMOUNT.
THANK YOU TO ALLEN & UNWIN FOR THE REVIEW COPY. Bone Gap by Laura Ruby is published February, 2017.
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.
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