Archive | August, 2015

Bone Gap: A Review

4 Aug

Title: Bone Gap

Author: Laura Ruby

Format: Hardcover, borrowed from public library

Release Date: March 3, 2015

Summary (from Goodreads): 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.

I am not sure exactly how I am going to review this one.  I absolutely loved Ruby’s writing.  It is beautiful. She builds such fascinating characters that keep you wanting to read more.  Her descriptions make you feel as though you are right there in Bone Gap along with Finn and the others.  I can really appreciate the art of her writing.

I also enjoyed the multiple perspectives.  I have written about how much I like this in books before. I was pretty sure there were only going to be two perspectives, but was pleasantly surprised as to how many and which characters added to the story.  All the perspectives are written in third person which I also enjoyed because it is not as common these days.  I have nothing against first person narratives; it was just a nice change of pace.

Where I am struggling is with the magical realism aspect of the book.  I have struggled with books like this before. They just don’t hold my interest most of the time.  I still give them a try and every now and then, I find books with elements of magical realism or fantasy that I really enjoy.  However, I did not understand how it fit into the plot with this one.  There are parts where magic appears that does not seem to fit in with the story.  And I still do not fully understand what happened to Roza and at the end of the novel.  I know many people have loved this book.  I just think this is a genre I do not enjoy as much as others.

There are still strong themes of love, family, and friendship that I also liked.  These are what kept me reading the novel to the end.  This is by no means a bad book; it just was not the book for me.

3.5/5 Stars 

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Looking Ahead to the Adventure!

3 Aug

It is August.  I notice that something seems to happen when the calendar changes from July to August.  I fall pretty hard into school mode.  I start doing a lot more school planning and back-to-school sales excite me as opposed to giving me chills.  (June is just too soon – I’m sorry but it is!)  I start to get kind of excited for the year to come.

Don’t get me wrong – I am very sad summer is coming to an end.  I love summer.  I love taking many trips to the zoo, hanging out at the beach, vacationing in the best place in the world, staying up late, and enjoying naps during the day.  It’s not that I want it to end at all.

But I know the new school year is coming and with it comes new possibilities.  My mind has been churning these last few days with what I am looking forward to when we head back in September.  I also take this is a sign that I am in the right profession.  Despite everything taking place in education, I still get pretty excited to teach each and every year.

Adventure

I came across this sign when the husband and I were grocery shopping this weekend.  When I saw it, I knew I wanted it for my classroom.  I want to build a theme around this.  I want this year to be an adventure.  An adventure in reading and writing.  I have some ideas on what the room will look like and how to keep it going.  I hope to share those ideas as they come to be in my classroom.

But this year is really going to be an adventure.  There are so many changes going on.  First of all, we are changing from trimesters to semesters.  That is changing some of the curriculum in the classes I teach as well as opening so many opportunities when working with my students.  Every student will now have an English class all year instead of 2/3 of the year. I see this as helping my reading and writing community flourish.

I am also teaching a section of English 10 Honors this year.  I am looking forward to this opportunity.  I taught one section of 10 Honors B a few years ago and have been hoping for an opportunity to teach it again.

This year is definitely going to be an adventure!

But please don’t fear – I am still going to make the most of the summer that is left as I prepare.