Bone Gap

Bone Gap

Book - 2015
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Eighteen-year-old Finn, an outsider in his quiet Midwestern town, is the only witness to the abduction of town favorite Roza, but his inability to distinguish between faces makes it difficult for him to help with the investigation, and subjects him to even more ridicule and bullying.
Publisher: New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780062317629
Branch Call Number: y RUBY 2015
Characteristics: 345 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Balzer + Bray - Publisher


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Lyrical and surreal. There's a tiny town with no name, a kidnapped woman in a castle and her empty-eyed kidnapper, a mysterious horse, mysterious fog, and bees.

multcolib_susannel Jan 02, 2016

Perfectly weaves fairy tales, myths, gothic romance, and magic realism into the story of Finn, who lives in a town where ears of corn whisper, a mysterious black horse appears in the night and a beautiful stranger is kidnapped.

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Mar 02, 2018

I appreciate that every character in this book showed one thing on the surface, and something entirely different on the inside, in private, or with people they knew best. My only comment is that I wish there had either been more magic woven into the story or that it had been taken out altogether.

Jul 23, 2017

This book is one of those rare finds that will change the way you think about life. Laura Ruby's writing will cast a spell on you with this beautifully crafted tale.

ArapahoeStaff1 Mar 27, 2017

I'm always a fan of books that are so original, they create their own category or genre, and this book pulled it off. The mystery of the story was suspenseful and built up successfully, and the added oddity of the kidnapper, while incredible eerie and creepy, really added to the plot line.

May 16, 2016

An innovative story that contains both reality and fantasy. I loved the characters and fell in love with Roza as well as Sean and Finn. It took me a while to figure out that this was magical realism, but once I did, I couldn't put the story down. I loved the addition of the disability of non-facial recognition because it show the aspects of recognition that pull out personality traits.

mvkramer May 03, 2016

The key to good magical realism - in my opinion - is a strong, grounded emotional center. That is where this book shines. The relationships, private doubts, and yearnings of Finn, Sean, and Petey are all so clear, so relatable, that the book is almost painful to read. The "magic" parts are a bit less strong, but still well-written, creepy and intriguing. Also available as a streaming audiobook through Hoopla.

kirstd31 Feb 01, 2016

This book was very different. A young girl goes missing and the only person who can help can't recognize peoples faces. The book is a mystery, realistic, and fairy tale all in one.

multcolib_susannel Jan 02, 2016

Perfectly weaves fairy tales, myths, gothic romance, and magic realism into the story of Finn, who lives in a town where ears of corn whisper, a mysterious black horse appears in the night and a beautiful stranger is kidnapped.

Dec 28, 2015

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby is one of my favorite reads of 2015. It crosses genres, American Gothic, horror and fairy tale wrapped into an interesting tale that unfolds beautifully. Roza is a beautiful woman who mysteriously arrives in Bone Gap and leaves just as mysteriously. Finn saw her taken, but cannot describe the man who took her. He cannot recall his face, only how he moves, which is like a corn stalk. Most of the town thinks Finn is a bit spacey and some blame him for letting Roza go. Finn’s older brother, Sean is in love with Roza but cannot bring himself to look for her. The relationship between the two brother is interesting. Bone Gap is a story about fascinating characters and the gaps of reality. As one character states, you have to find the gaps to find out what happened. Finn falls in love with a girl that most would describe as homely but he does not see her that way. The girl is a keeper of bees. Ruby is a master of magical realism, weaving what can be real and fantasy into a seamless story that is a joy to unwrap. From start to finish, I was enraptured with this characters and the setting. The corn stalks have a lot of meaning and I love the thought that the scarecrow is not to scare the crows, but the corn. I highly recommend this one. It is worthy of a finalist for the National Book Award.

Aug 10, 2015

This YA novel is unusual, clever, and very well written, but just not my cup of tea. Many others will undoubtedly enjoy it immensely. Although I often like magical realism, much of the time reading this book felt like chugging through long-winded accounts of someone’s really weird dream. The strong fairytale and fantasy elements kept me from connecting strongly enough with the characters to care about their fates. One main character in particular (Roza) just never seemed "real" to me. Bone Gap is so different in style and content from Ruby’s other novel that I’ve read (Good Girls) that more than once I flipped to the book jacket to confirm that yes, both books really were written by the same person.

Aug 08, 2015

This book was amazing. The ending was happy, but unexpected. Finn's determination to save Roza also saved his brother. It has romance, suspense an adventure, all packed into a book. I give it 5 stars. It is one of those books that can be read over and over and every time be just as exciting.

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Apr 13, 2017

“Funny how you notice how beautiful things are just when you're about to leave them.”

Apr 13, 2017

“People look, they don't see.”

JCLChrisK Jul 16, 2015

“What have you got against people?"

Finn hated crowds. Thousands of people bumping and churning. "Too many opinions.”

Jun 28, 2015

“I'd be okay with that kind of trouble," Amber said, as a pair of flannel-clad farm boys headed toward them.”
― Laura Ruby


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mvkramer May 03, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The climax of this book is creepy and somewhat disturbing. Awesome, though!

mvkramer May 03, 2016

Sexual Content: Some non-graphic, consensual sex between characters. Implied nonconsensual creepiness.


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