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3.51  ·  Rating details ·  1,061 ratings  ·  343 reviews
Maren Yearly doesn’t just break hearts, she devours them.

Since she was a baby, Maren has had what you might call "an issue" with affection. Anytime someone cares for her too much, she can’t seem to stop herself from eating them. Abandoned by her mother at the age of 16, Maren goes looking for the father she has never known, but finds more than she bargained for along the
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 10th 2015 by St. Martin's Press (first published March 1st 2015)
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Amanda I'd say paranormal with mystery/mild horror overtones.

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karen
i am on the Bones & All street team!!! #BonesandAll tagging st. martin's press (hahaha come school me, young'uns!) but - jealous??? you should be! i got this awesome bag:



that made me wanna eat people:



and THE BOOK! (now punctured with my teethmarks)



this book is SO MUCH FUN and i am thrilled to be on its team. hashtagtasteslikepeople



Someday I'll wake up and find they've built a maze around me, and I will be relieved.

fans of karen russell, kelly link, aimee bender - i'm looking at YOU! this boo
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Mackenzi
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This. Book. Is. Horrifying.

And sick and twisted and demented and straight up messed up. AND I LOVED IT.

Completely engrossing, unique literary horror that revolves around the way we make women feel monstrous for their sexual desires. Unlike anything I have ever read and I'm obsessed.
Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts!
You can also read my review HERE


"There's no place for us in their picture of the world, if they knew what we were, they'd think even hell would be a too good sentence for us"


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I was warned. But I still wasn't prepared. Bones and All shocked me with its first chapter only. From there, you have two choices as a reader, be turned off and stop reading... or be intrigued and turn the next page. I AM SO GLAD I chose the latter. Because Bones & All is a magnificent novel.

I understand that this
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L.
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
I received an ARC of this book for a fair and honest review.

Honestly, I'm torn. Completely so. I started this book LOVING it. I thought it was creepy, twisted, and horrifyingly amazing. I loved the story, and I felt for Maren. Then the book started to lose me. The self journey discovery angle felt forced and listless, there was no definitive resolution as to WHY or WHERE this plot was going, and by the time Maren reached the supposed climax of the journey there were still pages left...for no rea
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Andrew Shaffer
Feb 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
A well-done, tender love story. Pairs well with a nice chianti.
Bill Kupersmith
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cover is great, especially when you're aware of the nature of that elongated object hanging from her bag. But Bones & All is not for every body, even tho' the concept is much yuchier than the execution(!). The preoccupation of the central character is handled with the delicacy of a Victorian author dealing with sexuality. In fact, the object depicted on the cover is perhaps the yuchiest thing described in the book - except maybe for the little bone in the babysitter's ear. Much can also be m ...more
Ellen Gail
1.5 stars. A huge disappointment.

This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2015. A teenage girl who devours people whole if they feel too much affection for her? Yes please, gimme!




And I did love the creepy aspects of the story! It was horrifyingly gross and strange. Unfortunately, that's where my joy with the story ended. There was such a sense of cold detachment throughout the entire story. And not a purposeful detachment, (view spoiler)
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Katie
Mar 09, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5/5 While I adored the overall premise of "eaters," I didn't enjoy the narrator and her views on death, women etc. My next video is my travel vlog, but after that, I will have a spoiler free review up!
Liviania
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is not a just one chapter book; it is a one more chapter book.

I picked it up, meaning to read a couple of chapters before I went out since I was ready early enough that the stores weren't open yet. And then I just kept reading, because I had been sucked into Maren's world.

Maren's world is just like ours - almost. But it has people like Maren in eat. People who eat people, when the right situation presents itself. Maren eats people who fall for who, who get just a bit too close. It's why she
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Melissa
Mar 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: YA readers, character searching for self in creepy unique & awesome story
Recommended to Melissa by: Goodreads
Took this book out of the envelope and began it before I even sat down, lol. Totally needed this change of pace. Something creepy, fun, horrific, and a very unique journey. Love it!! Need more just like it! More thoughts to come....as soon as I've finished my move. Great book to read in between packing and RL

Thank you a million for this fun, creepy and extremely unique read #StMartinsPress #StMartinsGriffin #MacMillan #CamilleDeAngelis and #Goodreads #2016Reads
Deb
I have mixed feeling on rating this one--I loved the premise and the first 2/3 of the book but the last 1/3 and the ending fell a bit short for me, so overall I am giving it 3 stars--I liked it but didn't quite love it.

Maren is 16 and an "eater"--meaning she actually eats people, devouring them bones & all, when they get emotionally close to her. It stirs her emotions and she must "do the bad thing" and consume them. Because she can't control it, each time it has happened over the years her
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Kimberly [Come Hither Books]
Bones & All is a coming of age story with cannibals.
* Dark, but not graphic.
* Disturbing, but not scary.

For a different kind of YA novel, Bones & All may be to your tastes. (All puns intended.)

Bones & All tries to be a lot of things. Creepy and subtle horror. Coming of age story. Awkward YA romance. Thoughtful exploration of female sexuality. Darkly comic critique of American consumerism & meat-eating (yes, really).

With so many different things to accomplish, it’s not surprising
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Vicki
Sep 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs2015, fantasy, ya, 2014
A coming-of-age story with monsters. At an early age, Maren discovers she has an unusual problem: if someone gets too close to her, she eats them. Each time this happens as she is growing up, Maren and her mother pack up and move to another city. When her mother finally abandons her at age 16, Maren goes off in search of the father she never knew and learns much more than she bargained for. Bones & All is a quick and engaging read, though as other reviewers have pointed out there are some pl ...more
Susan (aka Just My Op)
Mar 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-edition
The premise of this book is certainly interesting – a girl who first showed her innate cannibalism as a toddler in a coming-of-age story. Her mother moved her every time Maren, ummm, ate someone, until she couldn't take it any longer and abandoned her on her 16th birthday.

The book was entertaining. This cannibalism wasn't part of some strange culture, a ritual, it was in modern-day America.

So, of course, there is a quest. Does she belong anywhere or with anyone?

Suspension of disbelief is certai
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Laura
May 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Bones & All is this unique, cheeky, creepy little story about a cannibal. Maren eats anyone who loves her, so no one can get too close or they're eaten. Even on the first page, we start with Maren as a baby eating her babysitter who's only problem was she just loved babies too much. Each time Maren eats someone, her and her mom pack everything and leave town. Eventually when Maren is 16, her mother has had enough and abandons her. She is left with nothing else to do, but search for the fath ...more
Nancy Reynolds
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is trippy and twisted, or my kind of book. I do love books in the horror genre, but they seem to be hard to come by nowadays. Camille De Angelis did a great job of weaving a tail of horror that kept me wanting to read more. She is definitely an author I will be watching in the future. I would recommend this book to other fans of the horror genre. Won from the Goodreads website.
hayden
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
HEART. BROKEN.
Jules
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Before the end of the second page you'll know whether this grotesquely beautiful coming of age story is one you can read.

Penny Wilson wanted a baby of her own in the worst way. That’s what I figure, because she was only supposed to watch me for an hour and a half, and obviously she loved me a little too much. She must have hummed a lullaby, fondled each tiny finger and toe, kissed my cheeks and stroked the down on my head, blowing on my hair like she was making a wish on a dandelion gone to se
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Kim
As Maren would say, I made friends with this novel. It's so good, you'll devour this book in one bite (yes, I just went there.)

FIRST IMPRESSION
Everything about this premise intrigued me. I absolutely love HANNIBAL so all things cannibal catch my attention. And as a devoted YA girl, how could I pass up the chance to read this one? I was in love from the first page.

PLOT
This is a story about self-discovery for Maren, the main character. She doesn't really know what she is—or why she does what she d
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Arya
May 25, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ew-no
Wait, what was the point of this book? Because I didn't see any plot really (actually I just didn't care about this book, so why would I bother to decipher the plot). No but seriously, promoting vegetarianism (through cannibalism)?

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Okay, but that's not the main problem here. I mean, if you like being vegetarian/vegan, go for it, I have nothing against it. It's just that this book was boring.

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Except she's not. Maren, I mean (not Karen). And that was one of the reasons this book was boring. But okay
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Andjela
Feb 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
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This book sounded really weird, so, naturally, I had to read it. But, as it turned out, it's just... Bland.
You wouldn't have though that a book about a girl who eats people could be so freaking boring , but, oh dear lord, I barely resisted DNFing it. First of all, the whole premise of the book is unclear. At first, after being repulsed by it, I was confused. How is she eating people? I mean the author doesn't go into details, thankfully, but it feels idiotic to think that it's plausible for one
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Cyndy Aleo
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
From the opening paragraph, readers will know this isn't your typical coming-of-age novel, and definitely not for the squeamish. Maren is a monster and knows it, yet seems powerless to stop herself from devouring anyone who shows her even a tiny bit of affection. DeAngelis takes what could have been a cliched horror novel and transforms it into a commentary on young women's sexuality, reliance on self, and being about who you are rather than where you came from. Maren may be a monster, but she's ...more
Andria
Dec 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction
A weird, twisted, disturbing and oddly compelling Bildungsroman about a young woman trying to make her way in life despite her very unfortunate penchant for, well, eating everyone who has ever loved her. Yes, she literally eats them, BONES AND ALL. She's just a ghoul in the world.

There's a lot to chew on here, and I'm not sure I've digested it all yet. (sorry, sorry) Along the way Maren meets others who share her dietary quirks, but unlike the men who either choose their victims indiscriminatel
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Lekeisha The Booknerd
Jan 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-for-review
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I cannot express how much I enjoyed this book! It is all things horror and interesting and creepy and awesome and touching and and and and!!! For all of those those, though, I was left feeling confused. I didn’t like the ending. At all. I wanted more from theses characters. Which begs the question, will there be more? I’m not sure, but I will be along for the ride.
Megan (ReadingRover)
For a book about people eating I found this to be unusually touching. It was also much more complex than a girl wakes up and one day decides to just eat people. There are so many different characters and feelings involved throughout.
Basically Maren was just a lonely girl unable to form any real friendships or bonds with throughout most of her life. Granted that reason was because she occasionally ate people and she and her mother would always have to move but other than that she had the same fe
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Fenia Andre
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
OK just to make it clear all I want to do is rant about this book but since this is the first time I feel like I ought to write a proper review.

So first things first, by the time I finished reading the first chapter, I wondered to myself "What are you reading right now?" Was it disturbing? Oh yes it was Was it dull tho? No in no way So I decided to keep reading and I'm glad I did.

Throughout the book I caught myself more than once amazed at how the narration made me feel all of Maren's emotions s
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Veronica Abate
Jun 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I honestly don't know how to describe this book, or even if it's good or not. I don't know my feelings right now.

First of all, what I liked: Marren is well characterized, I liked how she changes in the end; the book is well written and even if you don't like the story, the style keeps you on the pages. But... what's the purpose?
You understand from the first pages who is bad guy and who this guy really is. There's no drama, no romanticism, no fights or, to be specific, there's a fight but Marre
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Stephanie Ward
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
'Bones & All' is a horrifying young adult coming-of-age novel that will leave readers both terrified and begging for more. Maren is the main character of the novel. She's an odd pick for a leading lady - considering that she eats people on occasion. Strangely enough, Maren's story of how her mother abandoned her on her 16th birthday and, without knowing what else to do, she goes on a quest to find her father - and ends up finding herself along the way too. It sounds weird to say that I truly ...more
Elspeth
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
This novel was utterly horrifying. It was also really fun! In "Bones & All," Camille DeAngelis has written a cross between a modern coming of age story and a twisted tale of ghouls in the spirit of the Brothers Grimm. This turns out to be an entertaining combination. Maren grew up traveling around America with her mother, and ostensibly lives in the same world we do; but she is not your average sixteen year old. As a baby, Maren reveals that she has a bizarre ability and problem: if someone ...more
Elaine
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
If there was one book I really wanted to love, it was this one. Even though I told myself a few reviews ago I was going to swear off YA books for a little while.

But this concept of eating people? A blend of horror, fantasy, and the literal growing pains of adolescence, how could I not want to read it?

Now I'm kind of upset I did.

There are a few problems with this story, all of them inextricably linked together and the first and most pressing issue is lack of characterization.

Who is Maren? Who is
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