by Laura Ruby
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Publication Date: March 3rd 2015
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary | Mystery
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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. (Goodreads)
The storyline for the book revolves around Finn and his obsession with finding Roza after she was kidnapped one night. Unfortunately he’s absolutely no help at all in describing her kidnapper, and no one seems to believe what he says anyways. So we follow him through the story as he tries to figure out what happened and who is to blame. The story is mainly told from Finn’s point of view, but we also get many different characters points of view throughout the story as well, including Roza’s, Finn’s brother Sean, and Finn’s friend Priscilla/Petey, who I really liked.
I like that the story is told from multiple points of view. I always find it interesting because I feel like we get SO much more information this way. All of the characters in the book were interesting, and all for different reasons. The storyline for the book was definitely creative and unique, I can’t say I’ve read anything like this before, but it also reminds me a lot of Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane, just because of the how I felt while I was reading the book, trying to figure out what exactly was going on.
I think this review has been one of the hardest reviews ever to write for a book, because I just don’t know how to put what I thought about this book into words. It is probably one of the most unusual books that I’ve ever read, and despite that, I could not put it down! I just had to keep reading so that I could figure out what was going on. And in the end, the book was definitely worth the read.
Overall, if you want to read something completely different from the norm, I definitely recommend that you check out Bone Gap. This book was unique and mysterious and will keep you guessing as you turn the pages. Check it out!