You see your friend get kidnapped, but no one believes you. It’s not because you are untrustworthy or crazy; it’s because, when asked what the kidnapper looks like, you can’t for the life of you remember.
Such is Finn’s predicament in Bone Gap by Laura Ruby. When Roza goes missing, the town thinks little of it; she’s a wild spirit prone to being spontaneous and reckless now and again anyways. Yet Finn knows what he saw–if only the images weren’t so blurry.
This young adult novel is hard to define; Goodreads lists its genre as “magical realism,” though there are elements of romance and mystery interwoven throughout the story. The only safe thing to say is that it’s not quite like anything we’ve seen before. The writing is lyrical, the plot grounded, and the characters wonderfully flawed.
“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.”
Bone Gap can be found in our “New YA” section, located downstairs in the marketplace.
Thanks for reading! -Autumn