Review: I had heard about this book for some time. Many YA sites discussed it and loved it. I really wanted to love it too! Unfortunately, I didn’t I found the story line add and disjointed. As I read the book, I had question after question with no answers. Why did the whole town fall in love with Roza? It doesn’t seem like she was there very long. Why were the brothers so at odds with each other? How could a mom just leave her children behind? And others that I won’t mention because they would be “spoilers”. But I also did not like the fantasy aspect of the story. the author tried to combine realistic fiction with a fantasy, science fiction, story. I feel it just didn’t work. I love fantasy and science fiction, but I did not understand those parts in this story.
Summary: 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.
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pages: 368 pages
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Fantasy
–Summary and image from goodreads.com