March 19, 2015

My Thoughts: Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

5 soft and warm chocolate chip cookies.

Cover Love:  I do love this cover.  It's eye catching and non gender.  I love the font and colors.  It works!

Why I Wanted to Read This:
The synopsis interested me, but honestly I am not sure why this one ended up being the one I read last weekend.  I just started it and couldn't put it down.  Here's the synopsis 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.
Romance?: Yes, a couple of them.

My Thoughts:
The first part of the synopsis was kind of misleading.  Not everyone in Bone Gap does know there are gaps you can slip through.  And the people were only surprised that Roza disappeared because of how she had appeared earlier.  However, it is a small town and everyone thinks they know what is going on with everyone else.

I loved Finn.  He was spacey, but he was good hearted and ready to step up and take care of things instead of being the one who was always taken care of.  And there was an issue with Finn that I didn't see coming and was brilliant.  Just brilliant.  The author didn't hint at it AT ALL, so when it came out I was very surprised.  I was glad there was no foreshadowing and it tied a lot of things together.

Petey was a great character as well, once she started to see beyond the huge chip on her shoulder.  I could see how people in the twin thought Finn was just using her, but he never gave her an indication that he wasn't genuine, nor did he have that reputation.  She should have given him the benefit of the doubt. 

The mystery of Roza was interesting and weird, but the author made it work very well.  I liked the chapters from her point of view.  I wanted her to find her way back to Sean because she was good in his life and he really needed her.

Sean's attitude (or Finn's perception of his attitude) bothered me.  If he was as in love with Roza as everyone thought, he should have fought for her and kept looking and looking.  Instead, he gave up way too quick because everyone always leaves so why would Roza be any different.  It wasn't like he thought Finn had anything to do with it, I think he thought that the story Finn had told him was made up so that Sean wouldn't think Roza just left him.

An author that can write this clear and beautiful no matter whose point of view we are reading is rare.  Each chapter was from someone else's point of view with Roza and Finn being the main ones.  This was all around a beautifully written novel.  It made me want to read more of Ms. Ruby's books.

To Sum Up: An interesting story with rich characters, a great twist and a perfect setting.  Might be a bit mature for a middle school library but young adult readers would love this one!

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