YA Review: BONE GAP by Laura Ruby

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Title: BONE GAP

Author: Laura Ruby

Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

TW: kidnapping, prosopagnasia

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.

My Review:

WHAT. JUST. HAPPENED? I’m still trying to wrap my head around it. It’s so brilliantly written and full of twists that it’s left me speechless.

Told from multiples perspectives, the story follows the lives of people in Bone Gap and their secrets. It deals with siblinghood, friendship, first love, disabilities and the ugly side of the world with a bit of magic mixed in.

Saying the book was a page turner will not be enough. It both urged me to keep reading and stop to stomach every scene at the same time. I finished it in three hours at a hospital room. I have never been happier for such an engaging book to exist and keep me distracted.

Ruby crafts an immersive world within a very short space and keeps the town of Bone Gap unraveling with every page. The narrative is simple and engaging, and with a dash of magical elements, it almost makes too much and no sense at the same time. I loved how almost every scene needed a second look before making complete sense.

The characters were all richly developed throughout the book, so raw and realistic that they leave you aching for them. The MC Finn is portrayed like a realistic teenager with his emotions leaping out of the page and gripping the readers.

The plot is fast paced and with the suspense and magic, it barely left any time for me to put it away for a while. Every page revealed something newer, something more suspenseful, something to keep me empathizing with the characters. By the end, the shocking plot twists and the magical elements left me in a book hangover for weeks.

Overall, this book will rip your heart out, kill you a bit every page as you ache with the people of Bone Gap and then stitch your heart back together.

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