if you were the only witness to a kidnapping but found you were
incapable of helping the investigation? Although Finn O'Sullivan saw the
abduction of his brother's girlfriend, he finds he can't identify the
tall man who took her away. All the mug shots look alike to him because
Finn suffers from a condition known as face blindness (prosopagnosia).
The people of Bone Gap called Finn a lot of things, but none of them was his name. When he was little, they called him Spaceman. Sidetrack. Moonface. You. As he got older, they called him Pretty Boy. Loner. Brother. Dude.—Big Gap by Laura Ruby (HarperTeen / Balzer + Bray, 2015, p. 1 [ARC])
But whatever they called him, they called him fondly. Despite his odd expressions, his strange distraction, and that annoying way he had of creeping up on a person, they knew him as well as they knew anyone. As well as they knew themselves.
- Setting: Midwest, small rural community, contemporary times
- Circumstances: Roza, a beautiful young girl, is kidnapped and held captive by a tall man, whom Finn, the only witness, cannot ID. Besides being frustrated by his handicap, Finn finds himself slipping out of favor when the townsfolk begin to doubt his story.
- Characters: Finn and his brother Sean; Roza and Priscilla, their girlfriends; the tall man Finn cannot identify; quirky neighbors and friends
- Genre & audience: literary fiction, mixed with folklore, mystery, and a little magic; young adult
- Themes: love, friendship, forgiveness, self-acceptance, family, women's strength, handicaps, being different
- Miscellaneous: the story is told from multiple view points; we learn about the real condition of facial blindness
- Early thoughts: I meant to look at only the first paragraph but ended up reading about a third of the book before I realized it. I love the writing style, deep emotions, and vivid characters.