Bone Gap, Laura Ruby

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  1. bachbooks Says:

    Summary:
    High school senior Finn O’Sullivan lives in Bone Gap, Illinois with his older brother Sean. Their father died when they were young and, later on, their mother moved to Oregon to live with a man she met on the Internet. A mysterious and beautiful young woman, named Roza, lived with them for a few months after she appeared battered and bruised in their barn one night. While Sean falls for Roza, Finn finds himself drawn to the unusual “bee girl” Petey. Sean and Finn both grow attached to Roza, but a strange faceless man abducts her from a crowd at the local fair, and Finn finds himself unable to stop the man or provide an adequate description for the police. People suspect that Roza just ran off or that Finn lied about her abduction, but Finn knows what he saw, and he can’t rest until he tries to rescue Roza.

    Evaluation:
    Fiction can become “fact” as gossip spreads through a small town (or a school, business, church, or other small community). Finn has to wrestle with balancing his experiences with the perceptions of those around him. For the first half of the book, I suspected that Finn lived somewhere on the Autism spectrum. Because this book blends realistic fiction with magical realism, readers must prepare for some ambiguity. By the end of the book, I was pretty sure I knew what happened, but I’m still not sure why or how it happened. Even so, I enjoyed reading Bone Gap, and I recommend it to other readers interested in mysterious stories with elements of romance.

    Rating: 4 stars

    Recommendations: 100 Sideways Miles, September Girls, The Diviners, Reconstructing Amelia, We Were Liars, I’ll Give You the Sun, Room, Descent

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