Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (March 3, 2015)
GENRE: Fiction/Magical Realism/YA
Rating: 3 stars
Cover Rating: <3 <3 <3
Bone Gap is the story of Roza, a beautiful girl who is taken from a quiet midwestern town and imprisoned by a mysterious man, and Finn, the only witness, who cannot forgive himself for being unable to identify her kidnapper. As we follow them through 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.
Bone Gap is one of those books that is hard to right for. Not because I’m incapable of coherent sentences but because it’s hard for me to articulate into words how I feel about this particular book. Thus the reason why it’s hard for me to write a review for Bone Gap. Hell, I don’t even know if I can really call this a review. It’s mostly my thoughts about this book.
First, I’m not all that familiar with magical realism. I’ve only read a few books in that sub-genre, so I’m no expert on this subject. The few that I did read I thoroughly in enjoy. And from reading Bone Gap I don’t know if the magical realism was even necessary. I honestly think it was used to move the story along. Which in my opinion was confusing.
Let’s face it, Bone Gap is a weird read—with talking corn, horses that ride off cliffs, a man that moves like leaves and a beautiful girl who is kidnapped and nobody in the town believes the town idiot.
Well Finn isn’t an idiot but everyone thinks he is because he has a hard time focusing. Thus the names Moonface, Sidetrack and Spaceman. In actuality, Finn suffers from a condition known as “Face Blindness”. And pretty much that is the gist of the story. Finn trying to find Rosa and getting people to believe him while hearing corn talk to him.
There’s alos a bit of romance between Finn and a girl name Petey. Who everyone thinks is a slut because she will do anything to get noticed. Petey thinks she is ugly because everybody in town thinks she is ugly.
Anyways, I’ve read this book in two days but I don’t know if I like it. Especially with that weird ass ending. It totally didn’t make any sense and it was hard to connect to any of the character. To be perfectly honest this book could have been shorter. All the flashbacks didn’t help with connecting with the characters and it slowed the book down. On top of that it was confusing as hell. Like I said before I don’t think the element of magical realism help this story. It was just used to be used.
I believe that there will be people who absolutely love this book and those who will hate. I’m one of those that is in between. I didn’t love it but I don’t hate it. I just wish it was different. I wish the use of magical realism would have made sense instead of the confusing mess that it was. Overall, it was an okay read for me.