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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  26,156 ratings  ·  4,792 reviews
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 Or ...more
Kindle Edition, 373 pages
Published March 3rd 2015 by Balzer + Bray
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Emma I listened to Bone Gap in audiobook format before reading it, and it was an amazing experience. I did not have much difficulty switching between persp…moreI listened to Bone Gap in audiobook format before reading it, and it was an amazing experience. I did not have much difficulty switching between perspectives and I would highly recommend listening to the audio version of this book!(less)
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“People look, they don't see.”

Just thinking about this incredible book I finished a few days ago brings back all the emotions I felt while reading. Bone Gap is honestly a masterpiece and I don’t say that lightly. It is however, also a very difficult book to review.

What kind of book is Bone Gap? The answer is: I don’t know. It's not really magical realism or fantasy, not contemporary, not a thriller or mystery. I have no idea how I would categorize it. It is
C.G. Drews

So basically this book is my favourite and I can't even describe all the feels it gives me. I just am so entranced by the magical realism, slightly odd dusty and cornfield filled town of Bone Gap with it's strange beautifulness. And the characters. THE CHARACTERS. I can't even say how much I love Finn. <3 I relate to him so much ajfdksald and just the way the story twists and the whimsical tone...and ajfkdslad AFJSDKALFDJ.

Woooooords fail. I love it too much. TOO MUCH.

I also really l
Charlotte May
“Because we don’t have your typical gaps around here. Not gaps made of rocks or mountains. We have gaps in the world. In the space of things. So many places to lose yourself, if you believe that they’re there. You can slip into the gap and never find your way out.”

Genuinely can’t believe I read this in 1 day!
Bone Gap is certainly different, odd even. It’s unlike anything I’ve read before, and elements of the story reminded me of The Raven Cycle, with worlds within our world, disappearances ha
Mar 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Once upon a time, a rich, powerful and mysterious man falls in love with a woman and takes her away to a magical realm where all but one of her wishes are commands, everything she needs is available – from amazing rooms and castles to beautiful dresses and servants to give her anything she wants. All that he asks is for her to love him back. A romantic fairytale scenario for a beautiful woman who is desired above all.

Except she says no. She says no every step of the way.

Re-read that first paragr
Aj the Ravenous Reader
Sep 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Aj the Ravenous Reader by: Masooma
"But wasn’t that love? Seeing what no one else could?"

I haven’t read a lot of magical-realism books. I don’t even have a bookshelf for that but this absolutely enchanting read made me want to read more in the future. Bone Gap surely lived up to the name of its genre because it’s completely magical and perfectly real at the same time that it didn’t cease to fascinate me from beginning to end.

* Describe a book you love in recipe format since the alternative- using only adverbs- was impossib
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
10 glossy stars out of 5

Explain a book that you loved written in recipe format.

2tbsp of sparkling writing + 4tsp of beautiful and well-drawn characters + a spoonful of honey + a pinch of just- the-right-amount-of romance and a pitcher of heart-wrenching reality. Garnished with a teensy bit of magic.

This in short, is Bone Gap, a page turner with an unexampled & touching story.

Bone Gap is a small talking town of people who do not listen, they only hear and pass on those whisperings around like wil
Elle (ellexamines)
Funny how you notice how beautiful things are just when you're about to leave them.

It is amazing how a novel focusing on only three characters can feel like one of the most human experiences of your recent reading history. Bone Gap is about the burden of the past, and the roles we have to take on to escape that past.

Bone Gap is a magical realism retelling of the Hades and Persephone myth, sort of combined with the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, and though at times slow, it is exceptiona
L A i N E Y ~back in a bit~
The dreamy quality of the writing in Bone Gap is out-of-this-world.

That had been weeks ago. Time moved so slowly here, or was it quickly? She had become unmoored from the present, loose and untethered, her mind rolling forward into the future, anticipating, and then dropping again into this torturous, unbearable present.

Here, there, everywhere.

See? See what I mean?
How is that anything but beautiful??

And I found myself almost holding my breath for moments with Roza and Sean.

Oh how hard I sh
Magical realism books are so hard for me to discuss in written form. I find them much easier to talk about on video, so you'll have to wait for that for more clear thoughts.

I am willing to admit that my main reason for not liking this may lie in the fact that this takes elements of mainly the Boreas and Orithyia myth, but implies that it is Hades and Persephone by mixing some dashes of that myth in as well. But this is not the Hades and Persephone I know and love, and instead paints the 'Hades'
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
I haven't read much magical realism. One notable example would be Jellicoe Road, which has an aspect of magical realism that adds a degree of richness to the character relationships and a poignancy to the story.

Which springboards straight into my problems with Bone Gap: there isn't much story underneath the magical realism. What is the book about, exactly? The hole a missing woman left in a town? Who populates this town, anyway? The brothers' relationship, which is central to their story, feels
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
This book confirms what I've been suspecting for a long time now - magical realism is not for me.

What starts as a fairly straightforward missing person mystery lapses into night time horsey rides, enchanted kingdoms, and scary scarecrows. AND, that's what I really hate about this type of book - the author does not have to follow any rules. Anything can happen, and it frequently does. And, if you can't think of an ending for your book? Aw, what the heck - they lived in a snow globe, and it was al
I have found that people never love the way they say they do. They can't. They are just people. Full of lies and sentiment and fear.

This book was everything I've ever wanted in a book and more.
Wholesome writing, magical realism worthy of the definition, The Raven Cycle-like vibes, absolutely great and not cringey romance, realistic and heartbreaking family dynamics, amazing main characters (Finn and Sean and Petey and Roza and, frick, even the Rude boys were amazing), He says the scarecrows
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book you guys...this book.
While I'm not necessarily sure if it actually is a book that everybody is going to like or even love I have to say it was so much more than I expected. And I loved every bit of it.

Bone Gap is a story about a girl named Roza that got kidnapped and a boy named Finn that saw it happen, but couldn't do anything against it. Sad thing is: nobody in their small town believes him.

BUT believe me, that is a very VERY short summary, because I don't want to give you too much i
Heather *Undercover Goth Queen*
I had this friend who was really pretty (people said so on her Facebook photos all the time). She was so pretty the guy working at Cinnabon didn't charge her for an extra cup of frosting that she mistakenly thought was free (but charged me for it when I stepped up to pay). She was so pretty she could pay for five dollars' worth of food at Taco Bell with a $100 bill, even though the sign says you can't and everyone knows you can't do that at a fast food place, for crying out loud.

Sometimes being
Riding on Night Mares and talking to corn fields. All is possible in the city of Bone Gap.
4.25/5 stars.
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This one took me by surprise. I had put it on my Overdrive wishlist a while ago, so didn’t really remember what it was about. It starts out like a pretty straightforward missing-girl-in-a-small-town YA mystery, but goes in places I never expected. I don’t know what to say without giving things away, but I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for something a little bit different in Young Adult.

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Read this review @ my blog Wonderless Reviews

I received a copy of this book from Allen and Unwin in exchange for an honest review.

If there’s a book that’s impossible to review then guaranteed I’ll love it and have to review it! I’m having A LOT of the same issues with trying to review this book as I did with Strange the Dreamer, but hopefully I can be somewhat coherent.

I fell in love with Magical Realism last year because I find the concept so fascinating. I know it’s not for everyone becau
Mar 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, young-adult
I decided to give this novel a try based on its accolades and honours, and while I quite enjoyed it (even if I found it a little on the nose with the whole beauty / seeing people / faces thing), the way Poland and Polish culture are used left me irritated and confused. I kept wondering what decade the novel was supposed to be happening in, and were the strange anachronysms purposeful. Unfortunately, I'm afraid - not really.

But before I get to my beef with the novel, let me praise what I liked. T
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In a word: stunning.

The spread of star ratings you'll find for this book absolutely points to how not-for-everyone this book is. It's hard for me to accept, though, because I feel like I found an absolute treasure. It was thoughtful and beautiful and meaningful and emotional. I ended up having to read this a lot slower than I imagined because every time I opened the book, I felt unmoored.

The mix of fab
Well this was one heck of a magical unicorn ride into a greatness.

The Bone Gap isn't going to be a book for everyone. In fact, I'm quite surprised that I enjoyed it as much as I did, because magical realism books are more of a miss than a hit for me. On top of that, multiple POV's tend to throw me off. Yet Laura Ruby weaves such a mesmerizing tale that is lush, vivid, gorgeously written, and though at times I was slightly confused, the story was still somehow easy to keep up with and hard to pu
Adita ✨The Slumbering Insomniac✨


Bone Gap is a lot of things that other books aren't.


The words are poetic. Metaphors come to life. Cute boy Moonface slips into surrealistic otherworlds through gaps in the corn fields.

A scarecrow who teaches in a university kidnaps a girl and imprisons her in imaginary places.

Moonface has strange shortcomings. But he is easily forgiving, and a bit on the chivalrous side. It is one of those rare eccentric stories of a boy
Oct 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘Because we don’t have your typical gaps around here. Not gaps made of rocks or mountains. We have gaps in the world. In the space of things. So many places to lose yourself, if you believe that they’re there. You can slip into the gap and never find your way out. Or maybe you don’t want to find your way out.’

Finn O’Sullivan was the only witness to the kidnapping of Roza, his brother Sean’s girlfriend. But when he wrestles with his memories trying to recall the face of the man that took her,
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: magical-realism

Wowza. This was splendid.

Bone Gap is a beautiful, magical story that has a bit of everything: mystery, romance, life lessons, complex characters, shocking twists, all in a unique and unassuming package. It's a bit dark and could be a tad frightening at times, but it also manages to ride along in a somewhat whimsical way. I was genuinely surprised by some of the events/personality traits of the characters in this book, and I feel like it deals with characters that we don't often see. This is espe
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Finn and Sean O'Sullivan took in Roza, a Polish student who seems to have fled something violent. But now she is missing, kidnapped, with the only witness to it being Finn who can't describe the kidnapper. Finn and Sean are bereft, but Finn moves on by getting to know the prickly daughter of a local beekeeper. Meanwhile Roza's captivity is strange, and getting increasingly stranger.

That's a weird way of summarizing this book, but I'm desperately trying to dance around spoilers here. One of the g

How do you review an unreviewable book? The entire book reads as if it is a dream. How do you describe a dream? There is an impossibility in trying to make sense of what can not be made sense of. I can try to describe to you the aspects that correlate with reality. But when they take a sudden nose dive into the magical, the inexplicable, the do I explain that?

This is a book full of contradictions. It is a fairytale and it is not. It is a love story and it is not. It is a mythic
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
People look, they don't see.

Bone Gap is a story about perception and reality, and how people rarely have the two things aligned when it comes to those around them.

Roza is a beautiful woman who appears suddenly in the town of Bone Gap and is taken in by two brothers, Sean and Finn. Sean is the strong and steady older brother who has looked after his younger brother Finn since their mother left town to get remarried. Finn is a beautiful boy who keeps to himself and is thought of by the townspeople
Cynthia Hand
Oct 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recent-loves
Loved this one. Totally immersive, with beautiful language and a fascinating twist.
♛ may
this book is strange
very strange

at the beginning i was put off by the oddness of it all. its magic-realism but also normal life so you unsure what's what and how the characters got there and if the imagery is supposed to be some sort of symbolism (still havent figured it out)

so while the plot and setting are confusing, the characters are darling soft children that need to be protected
all of the, except the rude boys but finn and roza and pettey and sean, i would dedicate my life to baking them
Brian Yahn
Nov 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Bone Gap feels less like a story and more like an experience, like skydiving or eating ice cream for the first time.

A review of it using only adverbs:
Bewilderingly, deliciously, heavenly, magically, lovely

Sort of like being dropped out of an airplane and into a tub of ice cream, the set-up to Bone Gap--the first third of the story--is disorienting and confusing, with only a hint of plot, and the non-linear narration of it certainly doesn't help any. More than anything, though, it's crazy interes
Mar 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I don't have the words to explain how I feel about Bone Gap. It's not like falling in love. It's like learning what love is. It features one of the most nuanced depictions of humanity I've read in years and I will fight anyone who disagrees. ...more
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Raised in the wilds of suburban New Jersey, Laura Ruby now lives in Chicago with her family. Her short fiction for adults has appeared in various literary magazines, including Other Voices, The Florida Review, Sycamore Review and Nimrod. A collection of these stories, I'M NOT JULIA ROBERTS, was published by Warner Books in January 2007. Called "hilarious and heart-wrenching" by People and "a knowi ...more

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