Saturday, May 2, 2015

Badass Books: Bone Gap

After some recent bookish disappointment, I picked up Bone Gap by Laura Ruby (along with some of my favorite readers/writers), and this book was a total refresh for me. I adored it.

Summary (from Goodreads):

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.

Spoilers in white.

Zomg yes! Where do I start? With the beautiful, envy-worthy prose? The complicated, realistic characters? Girls who are both strong and insecure, fierce and afraid? The kissing? The plot? This book, for me, is exactly what I would want to do if I ever wrote anything contemporary.

I'm going to put this next part in white, because I think it's more fun if you don't see it coming: This book tricked me into thinking all is normal and our world until it isn't. Absolutely divine magical realism here, folks.

More on the ladies in this book: These are the frustrating, heart-wrenching, endearing sort of young women we all know or were or wanted to be and--at times--hated being. God I loved them. So well done.

And then there's Finn. He was written in such a way, that I pictured him as awkward and gangly and homely out of the gate. But that wasn't him at all, and that's why this is such good writing.

And of course, how can we forget Bone Gap itself? The people all with their own backstory that we only get a small look at. And the place itself--the corn and the crows and the way everything just came to life right there on the page.

kthxbai Do yourself a favor and pick this one up. This is not a book to miss.

All the chiweenies to Laura Ruby! All of them!