My brain is mush.
I have mush brain.
Because of this book.
My brain is such mush over this book, I can’t even come up with a clever intro. So let’s just get into it:
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 ago, their mother hightailed 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 turn 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.
Ok, here’s what you really need to know:
(Persephone Myth + Magical Realism+ Feminism) x ALL THE FEELS = Bone Gap
Yeah, that about sums it up.
What Intrigued Me: When I read the pitch for this book, the three phrases that popped out were: mythology, magical realism, and feminism. Which are a few of my favorite things. Those are the magic words, so of course I was going to read this book.
What Hooked Me: Magical realism is an art form. It’s kind of like molasses: you have to get the proportion right when you’re using it in baking. Not enough, and you miss the flavor. Too much, and the final product is too sweet and sticky. You need to be exact.
Magical realism is the same way: too much and it’s Fantasy, not enough and the magical elements are just…strange and out of left field.
Laura Ruby is an artist. The shades of magic infused in Bone Gap are perfect. Just enough small town magic, but not too much that the town of Bone Gap couldn’t be any other small town.
What Made Me Fall In Love: Great as the magic is, the book is its characters. Every character is unique and alive and given such exquisite attention and detail. They are all easily loveable.
But for me, the standouts were Finn and Petey.
Finn, known as Spaceman or Moonboy by the townspeople, the only witness to Roza’s kidnapping and unable to convince anyone—including his brother—that what he saw was real. Warning: halfway through the book, Finn will utterly destroy your heart in the best way. It’s impossible not to fall in love with him.
Petey—don’t call her Priscilla—the Bee Queen of Bone Gap. Fierce and sharp and tragic and funny and insecure all at the same time. God, what a great character.
But seriously, if you read only one book in March, make it Bone Gap. Grab your tea, grab your snacks, and curl up with it.
Seriously. Read it.