Young Adult Literature

Book Style: BONE GAP by Laura Ruby

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Brandi Bailey

Staff Writer

Brandi can be found writing about books and dreaming up outfits on her blog, Book Style. She'll probably be reading something with mythology, Brits, unicorns, a feisty heroine, or (ideally) all of the above. She has lived in too many cities, but has settled down in Portland with her awesome husband and almost-as-awesome cat. Follow her on Instagram @PinkBBWhiskey.

Brandi Bailey

Staff Writer

Brandi can be found writing about books and dreaming up outfits on her blog, Book Style. She'll probably be reading something with mythology, Brits, unicorns, a feisty heroine, or (ideally) all of the above. She has lived in too many cities, but has settled down in Portland with her awesome husband and almost-as-awesome cat. Follow her on Instagram @PinkBBWhiskey.

Bone Gap
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Laura Ruby’s Bone Gap didn’t even last a day in my hands. I absolutely had to make a Book Style for this honest, moving and ephemeral novel. Ruby has said that she aimed to make the Midwest mythical, and that’s exactly what she accomplished in this coming-of-age meets magical realism tale. The novel focuses on Finn O’Sullivan who proves to be a uniquely unreliable narrator. The subtle hand Ruby uses to weave the tales of Cupid and Psyche and Hades and Persephone into the story is impressive.

For this Book Style, I didn’t focus on a particular character’s style. I wanted to incorporate as much of the book’s ample symbolism as I could and making a summer-worthy outfit not specific to Petey or Roza seemed like the best route. I started with a “Roza” metallic dress; the pattern reminds me of flowers and honeycomb simultaneously. A bit of whimsy – and a bit of warmth – with the black mare cardigan was next. The “Touch the Sky” platforms ground the outfit while the name echoes the fantastical settings Roza encounters.  This “Beekeeper” hat and the hand embellished cross-body purse round out the outfit.

For jewelry I started with these vintage face earrings. Next a quartet of honeycomb inspired rings will sparkle nicely next to your “Honey” glitter lacquered nails. The ultimate touch comes in the form of this exquisite amber bee necklace, made by Polish craftsman.