Bone Gap by Laura Ruby *spoilers*

Oh. My. Gosh. are the first three words that pop in my mind when it comes to this book. Last night as I was lying in bed staring at a huge stack of books on the floor, I noticed sitting atop that stack was Bone Gap. It stared at me before calling my name, "CiCi, read me." I have ditched my TBR so I roll with the feels. I started BG yesterday and finished today and since everything in life comes full circle....OH.MY.GOSH. You know the saying, "Never judge a book by its cover"? Well that is exactly what I did with this book and why I wouldn't read this book for a long time. I thought this was going to be an extremely cheesy, sappy romantic contemporary. Let me add a buffer here. I AM NOT ANTI CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE LOL but honestly it's not at the top of my favorite genre list either, but Bone Gap is far from it. I can't remember the last time I read a YA novel that was such a mind bender. How can......

Bone Gap BY Laura Ruby PUBLISHED BY March 3, 2015, Balzer + Bray GENRES: YA FANTASY/Whimsical PAGES: 373 FORMAT: Paperback SOURCE: PURCHASHED PACING: {4/5}

Bone Gap BY Laura Ruby
PUBLISHED BY March 3, 2015, Balzer + Bray
GENRES: YA FANTASY/Whimsical
PAGES: 373
FORMAT: Paperback
SOURCE: PURCHASHED
PACING: {4/5}

 

.....a book so whimsical still encompass so many life lessons and metaphors? Oh yea, Alice in Wonderland. It is possible to write whimsy with depth and Ruby succeeded.  I was completely immersed in every single page of this book. What I thought was happening wasn't. What I thought wasn't happening was, but that is the concept of the book I think. I HAD to keep reading it even in total confusion. Are we dealing with hallucinations, paranoia, mental instability or something completely out of the box? The answer is C. It's always C.

Synopsis:

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.


"People look. They don't see."

As this whimsical story unfolds we learn that Bone Gap, Illinois {my home state} is somewhere and nowhere. Everything in this town is not what it appears to be. Roza, a Polish Girl, is kidnapped by mad, sadistic man in town who preys on young women. Finn saw it, but cannot remember his face to solve the mystery. Everyone in town including his brawny brother, Sean, thinks Finn is spacey, out of sorts, the oddball. His mom left he and his brother at a young age and he is picked on by 'The Rudes' ~ name is self explanatory. They also believe that because he is a bit "different" from everyone else that he had some involvement in Roza's disappearance and Finn is determined to find out what happened to her. Priscilla, or Petey as she preferred, is the resident bee girl. She kind of reminds me of Luna Lovegood {Harry Potter}. She is flighty, a free spirit, one with the earth, but the people of Bone Gap think she's "ugly" and a bit aloof.

Of course, Finn and Petey fall for each other, but what I loved most about their romance is that it wasn't sappy. There was just the right amount of connection and attraction and it didn't over power the story in the least. Eventually, Petey gently reveals to Finn why he can't remember the face of Roza's kidnapper. He suffers from a condition called Prosopagnosia. After vehement denial, he slowly comes to the realization that this has been the bane of his entire life.

However, this discovery opens Fin up to self reflection. He is not the outsider or weird or spacey but rather is afflicted with something he has no control over. This gives Finn a bit of confidence to continue on the mission of finding out what happened to Roza. In the end, Petey and Finn journey through the gaps and "non-gaps" of the whimsical town of Bone Gap getting attacked by mythical creatures to rescue Roza and find beauty in their "flaws". Ruby's writing in this is absolutely beautiful. She weaves into this mythical story the idea that people see what they want to see. Those perspectives can totally effect someones outlook on life and who they really are, but moving past the idea that how people look at you doesn't define who you really are is key.

I highly recommend this book!! And I'm not biased because part of story is in my hometown Chicago....no not all LOL. This book would be a 5 star read, but it was a bit slow for me toward the end. However, it is just so beautifully written and just insanely good!!

My Rating: 

{4/5}