Bones & All

Bones & All

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2015 Alex Award Recipient!

Maren Yearly is a young woman who wants the same things we all do. She wants to be someone people admire and respect. She wants to be loved. But her secret, shameful needs have forced her into exile. She hates herself for the bad thing she does, for what it's done to her family and her sense of identity; for how it dictates her place in the world and how people see her--how they judge her. She didn't choose to be this way.

Because Maren Yearly doesn't just break hearts, she devours them. Ever since her mother found Penny Wilson's eardrum in her mouth when Maren was just two years old, she knew life would never be normal for either of them. Love may come in many shapes and sizes, but for Maren, it always ends the same-with her hiding the evidence and her mother packing up the car.

But when her mother abandons her the day after her sixteenth birthday, Maren goes looking for the father she has never known, and finds much more than she bargained for along the way.

Faced with a world of fellow eaters, potential enemies, and the prospect of love, Maren realizes she isn't only looking for her father, she's looking for herself.

Camille DeAngelis' Bones & All is an astonishingly original coming-of-age tale that is at once a gorgeously written horror story as well as a mesmerizing meditation on female power and sexuality.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250046505
Branch Call Number: DEANGELI
Characteristics: 294 pages ; 22 cm


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sdodge66 Jun 30, 2016

2016 Alex Award Winner (YALSA/ALA)

ellie_o May 06, 2016

My issue with this book is that I wanted so hard to get into it, but I just couldn't get over "details." I read fantasy, and I read science fiction, and I believe that the next Spare Oom is right around the corner. Yet, for some reason, I just couldn't get past the bones. How do they eat them? Do they digest them? How is there not more of a mess? How can you fit that much in your stomach?
I know, I know - I'm supposed to "suspend disbelief." But I couldn't, so I just couldn't love this book.

lib_apart Mar 23, 2015

Though his novel's premise, a young girl whose adolescent awakening involves eating people, is not for the faint of heart, and the opening scene involving the babysitter's eardrum is frankly stomach-churning, "Bones And All" is ultimately a strange yet melancholy tale. It helps to think of the eating of people part as more akin to something from a work of magical realism, or a fairy tale cartoon. Readers of Kelly Link's stories might enjoy DeAngelis's work as it is decidedly quirky. Though my copy is cataloged as Mystery, "Bones And All" borrows from the Horror genre without being beholden to it.


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