Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
An interesting blend of modern midwestern farm life with mythology, folk and fairy tales. It had all the elements there to be a book I could love–hints of magic, some nice bits of feminist psychology, science, honey bees– but it fell short. This is a book I would still recommend to others and is definitely well-crafted, but I would have liked it more if there was greater character development. The several main characters were interesting, but those areas of interest were constricted to one or two aspects (I get that ‘Finn is spacey’, but what does he want to study in college? Petey is a ‘homely tomboy’, but what does she talk to her best friend about other than looks?, Not to mention Miguel! Why does Miguel not get his own chapter?). Without giving too much away, I was also disappointed in some of the scenes in ‘alternate’ worlds; the premises were unique but sometimes the execution or descriptions sounded like a B horror movie (I do NOT include the corn in this, I loved the corn). Those are my peeves. I am being hard on it. Overall, a solid book with some unique and memorable characters and ideas (I am being purposefully vague to avoid spoilers). I look forward to more of her work.