Title: Bone Gap
Author: Laura Ruby
Enjoyment Rating: ****
Content Alert: this is a book for mature teens and includes some sexual content and violence
Finn and his brother Sean live in Bone Gap, which looks a lot like any small rural town. People tend to get lost in Bone Gap. Finn and Sean’s mom left with an orthodontist a few years ago, and they’ve been alone ever since. Well, for a while they had Roza, Sean’s girlfriend, but she disappeared too, right before Finn’s very eyes. He hasn’t been able to forgive himself for letting her go.
At first, I wasn’t sure I liked Bone Gap. I wasn’t sure I trusted the world Laura Ruby was creating. Was it our world that Sean and Finn and Roza lived in? Or was it it our world, with a twist? For a long time, I wasn’t sure. When we hear from Roza, she feels like she’s inside the nightmare part of a fairy tale, and I didn’t know how a world that contained EMTs and beekeepers who like to make out could also contain Roza’s story. But Laura Ruby makes it work. She makes us reexamine how we see the world, and look for the gaps in our own spaces. The book manages to feel both intensely realistic and one step away from reality.