Pros & Cons / Bone Gap by Laura Ruby


Pros and ConsDespite my best efforts, it can be hard to avoid the “hype monster.” Goodreads, Twitter, and book blogs are all frequent sources for early reviews, and I’m regularly reading up on new novels to add to my TBR list. Bone Gap, a recent young adult release from Laura Ruby, was a much different case. I started it knowing only the information from the synopsis, and I had little expectation, much less an idea, of what was in store. Upon finishing? I was captivated, refreshed {I believe reading “blind” is the cure for a reading slump}, and most importantly, in love. I share my full thoughts below!

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}

Slide19Need more convincing? Here’s what other reviewers had to say.
“Overall, Bone Gap was a great read with quirky characters and weird elements… The story can definitely be interpreted in different ways, though, which makes this book even better. I highly recommend reading this one if you’re up for something weird and interesting” {read the rest of the review at Reading is My Treasure HERE}.

Bone Gap is a book about perspective. About the difference between looking and seeing. About fairytales, self-image, the heavy burden that beauty can be and the pernicious ways we look at and treat women. It’s awfully tense and there is this feeling of anxious momentum that runs through this novel. It’s also very romantic where it matters, empowering where it counts and beautiful in its telling” {read the rest of the review at The Book Smugglers HERE}.

“I adored Bone Gap. That’s a testament both to Ruby’s beautifully lyrical prose and her world-building; at its heart, Bone Gap is a novel about the limits of our perception, and the vague, disorienting setting perfectly encapsulated the essence of Finn and Roza’s story” {read the rest of the review at Melinda Belle Harrison HERE}.

Let’s discuss! Have you read Bone Gap yet? Do you have any other strong stories of magical realism to recommend? We’re almost at the halfway point of 2015, which means I’ll be listing my favorite reads of the year so far quite soon {Hint: Bone Gap will be making an appearance :)}.

Have a wonderful day!


4 thoughts on “Pros & Cons / Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

  1. […] Bone Gap by Laura Ruby | “I might as well continue with the “pros” of this five star read since I found so little fault in the novel: complex characters and relationships, diversity in a multitude of forms, and a number of haunting, well-written scenes.” […]


  2. […] Laura Ruby’s beautiful example of magical realism offers few clues to potential readers; the synopsis is vague, and it’s hard to relate the cover {though beautifully designed!} to the premise. Perhaps this is why, even in age where spoilers are casually shared across Twitter and I can find a book’s entire plot on Wikipedia, I was shocked and, consequently, fell in love with Bone Gap. I feel as though this has flown under the radar, so promise me you’ll check it out in the coming year. {review} […]


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