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.(Synopsis taken from Goodreads)
“Funny how you notice how beautiful things are just when you’re about to leave them.”
I expected to love Bone Gap. Last time there was a book of this type of hype for me was The Raven Boys, and I adore those with all my heart? Bone Gap? I like it, maybe I even border on loving it, but I don’t love and adore it and want to run out to buy it RIGHT NOW and shove it in all my friends faces and order them to read it.
I actually still might do the last one (because no one really takes my recommendations anymore and sometimes I think if I can recommend enough they’ll eventually give up and start reading so I stop bugging them), but still. Maybe it was because this book was so hyped that I had unrealistic expectations for it.
But this book is deadly interesting. It has a summery lightheartedness to it, what with the corn and the s’mores and the bees, yet with a darker undercurrent that you can always feel, just not always touch. And the town itself, Bone Gap, is full of interesting people.
It’s not a town of listeners. It’s a town of people who hear and pass what they hear on, no matter if it’s true or not. And it is also the town that houses Roza, Finn, Sean, and Petey.
Finn is our main narrator. A kid who’s bad with faces even when he watches Roza get kidnapped. The townsfolk never truly believed him, anyways, and after weeks of saying it, they believe him even less.
“What have you got against people?”
Finn hated crowds. Thousands of people bumping and churning. “Too many opinions.”
Roza is the beautiful, intelligent botany student on the run from someone unknown when she ends up in Sean and Finn’s barn. She stays just long enough for Sean to fall in love with her, before she’s kidnapped before Finn’s eyes. Now she’s trapped by the same man who took her, with no idea where she is.
Roza could have been any of them, every one of them. The story hadn’t changed. Only the costumes. Only the players.
Petey is the local beekeeper’s daughter, and the townsfolk tend to call her “ugly”, which Finn calls her unique. She’s sharp and smart and sarcastic and more than willing to stand up for herself, and she knows the bees as well as her mother. Her real name is Priscilla, but she hates that so she insists she be called Petey. Mostly people don’t listen to her.
If Petey were keeping one of her lists of the things she hated, she wold have to add: the fact that there was no justice.
And even the characters we don’t see as much are deadly interesting; the bullying Rudes, the man who loves his chickens more than his grandchildren, Petey’s mom…they all connect within the story, and there isn’t an unneeded character anywhere.
The magic in this was subtle; it wasn’t in your face MAGIC RIGHT HERE like most fantasy novels, and it was woven into the story. People knew about it in the way you know about your grass or that robin that comes to your birdfeeder every morning. It’s so much a part of life that they don’t really realize it’s magic.
And the ships in this book were adorable. SO STINKIN’ CUTE. I love and shop them all. I may have been beaming at the book more than once because a ship did something completely adorable.
All and all, this was a good book, and I didn’t really have any problems with it, it was just missing that sort of “zing” that I expect a five star book to have.
So! What did you blogglings thing of Bone Gap? Did you like it? Did you have the oddest urge to try s’mores with honey, or maybe just drink honey straight like Roza?
And, because I’m going to keep mentioning it: December 1st is my first blogoversary. There will be giveaways. And books. And I will most likely get horribly mushy and sappy and thank people who don’t even read my blog. So if you wish to come witness this, it might be fun. It also might be horribly awkward (at least as awkward as you can get on the internet), but who knows.