Bone Gap

Bone Gap

by Laura Ruby

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National Book Award Finalist * Printz Award Winner for Best Young Adult Book of the Year

“Ruby’s novel deserves to be read and reread. It is powerful, beautiful, extraordinary.”—School Library Journal

Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps.

So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. But Finn knows what really happened to Roza. He knows she was kidnapped by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember.

As we follow the stories of Finn, Roza, and the people of Bone Gap, acclaimed author Laura Ruby weaves a tale of the ways in which the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781481533560
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/03/2015
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Laura Ruby is the author of Bone Gap, a Michael L. Printz Award winner and National Book Award finalist. Her other acclaimed novels for children and teens include the ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection York: The Shadow Cipher and its sequel, York: The Clockwork Ghost; the Edgar-nominated mystery Lily’s Ghosts; and the Book Sense Pick Good Girls, among others. She is on the faculty of Hamline University’s MFA in writing for children and young adults program and lives in the Chicago area. You can visit her online at

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Bone Gap 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have re-read this book about three times. It is subtle and brilliant and you will fall achingly in love with the characters. It's about brothers and summertime and a strange town and first love and mystery, with a hazy line between magic and everyday life. It will be a little bit different from anything you've read before. It's absolutely wonderful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book straddles the line between ordinary and magical realism, between magic and myth and everyday life, and it does it so subtly that when you reach the climax of the story, its like a little 'ding!' in your head. The story us a retelling of a well known myth. But...its not. Its about romance, except not really. Its about an average place and the places in between. Its so hard to explain or catagorize, but please read this book.
Zirkle 4 months ago
After I read this book I loved, it. However, a year afterwards I was going through my read boks and this one didn't hold up. I barely remember anything about it. The book was super fun to read, but not memorable.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Kept me reading but was too deep for my taste. Trying to figure out the meaning of everythingOver all a good book
pooled_ink More than 1 year ago
pooled ink Reviews: Overall I really enjoyed this book. It was an interesting choice, definitely not something one sees often on the shelves. It’s unique, creepy, impossible, and infuriatingly insightful. The entire story is such an eerie mystery, an enthralling enigma of voice and color. This book is undeniably strange yet oddly lulling and you can’t help but want to know. A unique and eerie mystery about a girl who goes missing and a town who can’t quite see it, BONE GAP’s pages rustle with the strange, the frightening, the impossible, and a piercing depth that will have you held prisoner amongst the corn until you finally see. **Read the full review on Wordpress: Pooled Ink
Griffingirl More than 1 year ago
The imagery in this book is so lush and delicious. I love how flawed each of the individual characters is, and I was totally on board with the plot twist about Finn! The magical realism element was a bit trippy towards the end, but I loved all the characters so much that I could follow along. AWESOME READ--great for magical realism fans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“Bone Gap” is a story about a girl named Rosa who was kidnapped. She was kidnapped by a mysterious guy who imprisoned her. Another character was named Finn. Finn was the only witness in the small town in Illinois, that saw the kidnapping. No one in the town believed him. The people in the town think that Rosa just disappeared. The plot twist really encouraged me to keep reading it. I enjoyed every chapter’s point of view from Finn to Rosa and how they alternated. Each of the characters have a creative way of making the story more interesting. The author, Laura Ruby did an amazing job writing this book. She was so detailed with her descriptions I believed that every character could have been a real person. She allowed me to forget I was reading a book. Ruby also does a wonderful job of putting the reader through different emotions. Personally, I do not like to read, but she made me want to keep reading this book. I recommend this book for people who love mystery and romance stories. I would definitely recommend this book to teenagers and adults.
AvaJae More than 1 year ago
4.5/5 stars Gorgeous prose, unforgettable characters, and unexpectedly creepishly awesome bits to boot. If you want an example of excellent writing, put this on the top of your list.
toniFMAMTC More than 1 year ago
I had some difficulty figuring out what was going on with this book. I like the characters, but I'm not sure if the story was suppose to be completely realistic or what really happened at the end. When his issue with recognition was revealed it was really interesting to me, and really a lot of it was interesting to me. I was left feeling confused after reading it though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I realize this book wasn't written for the type of reader I am, but I still wanted to write a review and say I didn't like it. I was looking for escapism, but this book makes you think. In the end, I thought it was just a little too weird and out there for me.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Charming, lyrical, and beautiful. Feels like a fairytale you never heard before. Small plot holes are easy to overlook thanks to the lovely prose.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
No one in Bone Gap is surprised when Roza disappears. People have been leaving the O'Sullivan brothers for years and it only makes sense that the girl who appeared out of nowhere should leave just as suddenly. Finn O'Sullivan knows that Roza didn't just leave. And he knows that he didn't do anything to save her. Months later most everyone in Bone Gap has given up pretending to believe Finn's story about the man who took Roza. Even Finn's brother, Sean, is tired of hearing about the man with the unique stillness and the face Finn can never quite describe. Finn refuses to stop looking. His search will take him deep into the secrets of Bone Gap to places he couldn't imagine. In trying to find Roza, Finn will learn that sometimes you have to stop looking before you can truly see in Bone Gap (2015) by Laura Ruby. Bone Gap is a rich and atmospheric novel. The town of Bone Gap is a strange place filled with secrets and magic that most people have forgotten. In a town populated with strange and vivid characters even Bone Gap itself becomes an indelible part of this novel that is firmly grounded with a strong sense of place. Some would call Bone Gap magic realism but references to fairy tales and magic bring a purer form of fantasy to mind in this story where beauty can be a curse and being blind is sometimes the best way to see. Bone Gap masterfully blends myth and magic in a contemporary setting to create a thoughtful story filled with unlikely heroes, surprising twists and a plot that expertly subverts traditional fairytale tropes. Bone Gap is a lovely, unexpected novel that is incredibly smart. Highly recommended. Possible Pairings: The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson, Wonder Show by Hannah Barnaby, The Rose and the Beast by Francesca Lia Block, Blackfin Sky by Kat Ellis, The Lost Sun by Tessa Gratton, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, The Boneshaker by Kate Milford, Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick, Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got this book based on review from blog Musings and really enjoyed it. Look forward to more by this author. The writing was excellent and dont want to give away any of it way. Read and enjoy for yourself.
MeReaderAtHeart_ More than 1 year ago
This book is a blending of mystery, a little romance and a magical realism. This town of Bone Gap is a world unto itself with its surreal and sinister secrets. I found the book a little confusing in trying to unpeel the interconnecting stories of the town folk starting with Finn, who is unable to look anyone in the eye and witnesses a girl, Rosa, being kidnapped by a dangerous man whose face he can't remember. It was a confusing read for me when they were making reference to The Scare Crow man who is in a magical realm. This is were Finn goes to get Rosa back. It's a good read with the fantasy part coming in toward the end of the book, so I don't want to discourage anyone from reading it.
BookLoversLife1 More than 1 year ago
I finished this book a few weeks ago and have only now gotten around to writing the review, I know, bad blogger ;) When I finished this my first thoughts were "I have no idea if I should rate this 5 stars or 1 star because this book was frustratingly amazing yet I'm still not sure what happened with the bad guy!! I'll leave it at 4 stars till I gather my thoughts!" Well that was a few weeks ago and to be honest, I'm still not sure what to rate it but I think I'll stick with 4 stars because this book was amazingly written but ultimately confusing.  Character wise we have a few people that the book revolves around. We have Finn and Sean O' Sullivan first. Sean is Finns older brother and also his guardian. My heart broke for these boys a lot because their mother up and left them alone. Sean had a bright future ahead of him but had to put it aside to look after Finn. Finn is an odd ball of sorts. He sees things differently than normal people, which I loved finding out about as the story progressed. He is picked on and beaten up a lot and my heart broke for him. Their lives change when they find Roza in their shed.  The enigmatic Roza is a mystery to the boys. They find her in their shed and it looks like she was beaten up. She doesn't say much to them but from what they can gather is that she is on the run from a man, but who is he? Roza doesn't trust easily, she has learned that men will only use her for her beauty. Slowly she learns that Sean and Finn are trustworthy and she ends up opening up to them. Sean finds himself drawn to her and wants to protect her. Just as their friendship blossoms, Roza torn from their lives. People think she up and left just as suddenly as she appeared, but Finn knows the truth. He saw someone take her from the cornfields, but when he can't describe him, everyone thinks he just made it up. Who took Roza and can Finn make anyone believe? Plot wise, I'm not even sure what to say. It was often times confusing but not in a totally bad way, if you can understand that!!! For the most part it's a mystery but it's also a fantasy of sorts. The fantasy element comes in towards the end. We get to see the book from Finns POV and also Rozas one. I loved finding out about how she ended up in Bone Gap and who the mystery fellow was (even though I'm still not sure who he was!!)  I loved Bone Gap as the setting because it's such an odd place. The people describe it as having Gaps that people slip through, because so many people seem to go missing. The whole place just felt odd.  The romance was so sweet and heartwarming. I loved seeing both sets of people fall for each other but especially Finns romance. My heart swelled for them.  Anyway, Bone Gap was a beautifully written, imaginative and unique read and one I know so many people will love. As I said earlier, its a frustratingly amazing read but one that will captivate you. The mystery and creepiness of the bad guy and the tender romance will have you turning the pages quickly. This is a story that will stay with you long after you finish it, I finished it weeks ago and everything is still fresh in my mind! I urge everyone to give it a try, you won't be disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An eerie, impeccably crafted meditation on love, small towns, secrets, and the nature of beauty--how we perceive it, why we want it, how important it really is, and what we'll do to get it. Magical realism that weaves an unforgettable spell and packs a powerful punch.
mike_jung More than 1 year ago
Last night I blurted out a series of tweets on this topic - a typically shrewd move, Tweeting on a late Saturday night - but I felt like, oh, I don’t know, expounding a bit, so here we are. Here I am, at any rate. It’s uncertain how much of a WE is happening here, but anyway.  I am so envious of Laura Ruby right now.  “But why?” you might say. “Upon what base was fixt the envy wherein, Mike?” My first answer would be “Please don’t use poetry as the basis of a question, it’ll reveal my ignorance about poetry.” My second answer would be BECAUSE I JUST READ BONE GAP, DUH.  Have you read Bone Gap yet? It just hit the shelves, with what seems to me like something less than the global fireworks display of acclaim and excitement it deserves. Holy flying spaghetti monster, it’s good. It’s one of those books that makes me think AW GEE WHIZ, I WILL NEVER WRITE A BOOK THIS GOOD AND THAT’S IT, GAME OVER. Thick, soupy, ocean-size envy is what I’m wading through right now, and I’m glad.  I might not have been glad about this 10 years ago, and in truth, I might not be glad about this with every author’s work even now, because I was not and am not something more (or less) than human. I didn’t use to accept envy as a normal, understandably human experience - I used to think it was bad, bad, bad, ba-a-a-a-ad and damn, now I have that stupid song from the horrible movie version of the Lorax in my head, GAH.  Point being, I used to think envy was a negative experience, but I no longer do. I think it’s still hard, complicated, even painful, but I don’t equate those qualities with negative or bad anymore. I have separated my experience of envy from my capacity for judgment, huzzah! Please join me in humbly celebrating the majestically enlightened state of myself!  Er, anyway, this still fairly recent benign view of envy has been very helpful while reading Bone Gap, because it truly is one of those books that make me fervently wish I had written it, or could write something like it. It is astonishing. The quality of the prose is delectable and lush; the characters are shot through with beauty and complexity; and the way the story spills over from one world to the next and back again is dizzying in its mystery and dexterity. Best of all, reading Bone Gap proved to be an emotional experience of such power that I was knocked absolutely ass over teakettle. I felt, as they say, all the feels.  Because I’m a writer, and every bit as human as the next writer, my thoughts in the moment were akin to “oh well, I could never write a book like this. Laura Ruby’s magical cabinet of writing skills has the goods, and mine has an open bag of stale potato chips and a three year old can of off-brand cream soda. She’s awesome and I suck.” I know, it’s quite the silly-ass line of thinking, albeit a forgivably human one. I’m not Laura Ruby, and Laura Ruby’s not me. We’re different people and different writers, and trying to make an apples-to-apples comparison between my books and hers is an exercise in absurdity. Why, it’d be like arguing about which is better, Star Wars or Star Trek! (We’ll talk about that later, when I have 48 consecutive free hours to set aside - I have many thoughts.) But, BUT, I am now this stunningly evolved specimen of humanity who experiences a genuinely unhealthy or destructive reaction to envy no more than 78% of the time, which has allowed me to understand my envy of Laura Ruby’s new book for what it truly is: admiration; respect; wonder.  I would not feel so envious of Laura if I didn’t at least partly comprehend the spectacular degree of difficulty she confronted in writing this book. I would not feel this much envy if I didn’t understand how much discipline, skill, focus, and sheer force of will it takes to create art of this magnitude. I would not be managing this much envy if it wasn’t clear to me that some of us are farther along on the path to creative greatness than others, and that while I feel pretty good about the way my skills are developing, Laura is on an altogether different playing field. I think it’s fair to say that when it comes to Laura Ruby and the magnificence of her accomplishment in writing Bone Gap, I feel envy because I know I’m seeing someone do the calamitously hard work of giving concrete shape to her creativity at something like peak capacity.  It helps that I already had so much respect for the way Laura conducts herself in the public arena. She’s obviously intelligent as hell, and stands up and uses her voice in ways I admire and feel inspired by. I have many heroes in the world of children’s publishing, and she’s one of them.  it’s good to feel this okay with envy, you know? I’m not saying I enjo it. It’s not exactly fun. But it’s not a negative thing, because it stems from something good. From something great, in fact. Experiencing the greatness of a book like Bone Gap and being able to support someone I admire in exchange for coping with some envy? I’ll make that trade every time. 
Cutiefulpink More than 1 year ago
More on I like to think of these kinds of stories as meandering. There is a plot, and we definitely get to the good stuff, but we take our time. We stroll through the winding trails of random stories, stop and gaze into far off memories, and scrutinize the details of each character. To be honest, sometimes this is charming, but it can also become tedious. There are many times I wish that the plot would move forward, but I can tell that everything will happen in due time. So my advice is, take your time and don’t get impatient…good things are coming. As other reviewers have pointed out, this book was light on the magic. This is totally a personal preference thing, but since this is my blog and my review, I guess I get to say this. J I wish we had more magic and less talk of creepy corn that can whispers and walk around. I might have nightmares about the corn, which is not something I ever thought I would say. Thanks to Daniela Ark from Bookiverse for suggesting Bone Gap for an ABL Read-a-like. Check back on Friday, October 19, 2018, for my list of books to read if you enjoy magical realism or Bone Gap.