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Set in Northern California in the late ’70s, this timeless coming-of-age story examines the nature of evil, the art of storytelling, and the possibility of redemption. Fifteen-year-old RJ Armante has never known a life outside his dead-end hometown of Arcangel, CA. The Blackjacks still rule as they have for generations, luring the poorest kids into their monopoly on petty c Set in Northern California in the late ’70s, this timeless coming-of-age story examines the nature of evil, the art of storytelling, and the possibility of redemption. Fifteen-year-old RJ Armante has never known a life outside his dead-end hometown of Arcangel, CA. The Blackjacks still rule as they have for generations, luring the poorest kids into their monopoly on petty crime. For years, they’ve left RJ alone…until now. When the Blackjacks come knocking, they want RJ to prey upon an old loner. But RJ is at his breaking point. It’s not just about the gang who rules the town. It’s about Charley, his younger brother, who is disabled. It’s about Roxanne, the girl he can’t reach. It’s about the kids in his crew who have nothing to live for. If RJ is to resist, he must fight to free Arcangel of its past.


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Set in Northern California in the late ’70s, this timeless coming-of-age story examines the nature of evil, the art of storytelling, and the possibility of redemption. Fifteen-year-old RJ Armante has never known a life outside his dead-end hometown of Arcangel, CA. The Blackjacks still rule as they have for generations, luring the poorest kids into their monopoly on petty c Set in Northern California in the late ’70s, this timeless coming-of-age story examines the nature of evil, the art of storytelling, and the possibility of redemption. Fifteen-year-old RJ Armante has never known a life outside his dead-end hometown of Arcangel, CA. The Blackjacks still rule as they have for generations, luring the poorest kids into their monopoly on petty crime. For years, they’ve left RJ alone…until now. When the Blackjacks come knocking, they want RJ to prey upon an old loner. But RJ is at his breaking point. It’s not just about the gang who rules the town. It’s about Charley, his younger brother, who is disabled. It’s about Roxanne, the girl he can’t reach. It’s about the kids in his crew who have nothing to live for. If RJ is to resist, he must fight to free Arcangel of its past.

30 review for Bones of a Saint

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlyn

    "Bones of a Saint" by Grant Farley is a gritty, rough-edged novel following the wild adventures of a fifteen-year-old boy on his journey into adulthood and finding redemption. "Bones of a Saint" was a fun novel to dive into as the main character, RJ Armante, is a mouthy smart-ass with a knack for getting himself into incredibly dangerous and troublesome situations. While the novel isn't exactly fast-paced, the narrative voice is incredibly unique with its jarring and snappy sentences which work "Bones of a Saint" by Grant Farley is a gritty, rough-edged novel following the wild adventures of a fifteen-year-old boy on his journey into adulthood and finding redemption. "Bones of a Saint" was a fun novel to dive into as the main character, RJ Armante, is a mouthy smart-ass with a knack for getting himself into incredibly dangerous and troublesome situations. While the novel isn't exactly fast-paced, the narrative voice is incredibly unique with its jarring and snappy sentences which work perfectly with RJ's tough-boy exterior. There's a very nostalgic feel to the characters, setting, and overall story as it unfolds, which was completely unexpected but turned out to be a pretty cool sensation. This novel reads more like creative non-fiction, an unwinding journey through a young boy's eyes as he is faced with a notorious gang in his hometown, the struggles of looking after his many siblings, the hecticness of growing older, and facing his own fears head-on as he tumbles into adulthood headfirst. It's a great leisurely read that tackles a lot of issues teens of any age and gender may face as they grow older. While the beginning of the novel is a bit of a bumpy road, for the readers who hang on and give this novel a chance, the writing and story itself are really going to surprise them. RJ is exactly the kind of person a reader wants to journey along with as he fights through one crappy situation after another. This is definitely a novel worth giving a shot! The expected publication date is March 23rd, 2021. Thank you to Netgalley and Soho Press (Soho Teen) for providing me with a free e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Stay Fetters

    “Welcome to Suicide City. It runs through your family.” Have you ever looked at a cover of a book and felt instant love? That was me with this book. Then after I read the synopsis, I was captivated. The nature of evil always gets me excited. It’s the late 70s in Northern California. The Blackjacks rule the area. You’re either with them or against them. When they call on you, you better run. You don’t ever double-cross a gang who has run that town for generations. But what happens when you think y “Welcome to Suicide City. It runs through your family.” Have you ever looked at a cover of a book and felt instant love? That was me with this book. Then after I read the synopsis, I was captivated. The nature of evil always gets me excited. It’s the late 70s in Northern California. The Blackjacks rule the area. You’re either with them or against them. When they call on you, you better run. You don’t ever double-cross a gang who has run that town for generations. But what happens when you think you can swindle a gang to get out of doing some horrible things? This started off weird to me because I was a little confused and didn’t know where it was going. After about thirty pages or so, I got sucked into this nitty gritty town in California and I never wanted to leave. RJ and his narrative had me glued to every page. The way he helped his family without even a horrible thought was touching. He always thought outside the box to fix what was wrong. And when he made friends with Mr. Leguin, it melted my black heart. It brought tears to my eyes when we find out the big secret between those two. Bones of a Saint was truly an amazing read that I’m ready to read again. After finishing this book, I automatically went and preordered a copy. I will say that there’s a big clue about the story in the title of the book. I didn’t realize that until I was halfway through and it made me that much more excited to find out all the answers to my questions. This is definitely a book that will sting you with all of its chaos. It’s a coming of age story that you’ll never forget. I know that I never want to.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alaina

    I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Bones of a Saint was an interesting book to dive into. I feel like that's the safest thing I can say about it. Other than stating that it was also odd. In it, you will meet RJ. He's a pretty sweet 15 year old boy but other than that - I got nothing for ya. I honestly couldn't connect with him at all. He was a good kid and cared about others but this book was really boring for me. There was some excitement once the gang, The I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Bones of a Saint was an interesting book to dive into. I feel like that's the safest thing I can say about it. Other than stating that it was also odd. In it, you will meet RJ. He's a pretty sweet 15 year old boy but other than that - I got nothing for ya. I honestly couldn't connect with him at all. He was a good kid and cared about others but this book was really boring for me. There was some excitement once the gang, The Blackjacks, came into play. Those little douche canoes were cute but still nothing really kept me engaged. I will even admit that some characters left me with unanswered questions but since I wasn't really vibing with this book I'm just going to let it go (like Elsa). In the end, I tried and it's over.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Moony (The Burglar Baggins) MeowPoff

    * I got this eARC from Edelweiss+ in exhange for a honest review * DNF 58% It sounded interesting when i read the blurb, but it was just boring and none of the characters was interesting or stood out in a way for me to be interested. RJ seemed at first like a guy who didn`t get pushed around but then..i felt like he was weak and just doing whatever that pleased the others. Plus Roxanne seemed shallow and were just using the guys and i couldn`t understand why RJ seemed so interested. * I got this eARC from Edelweiss+ in exhange for a honest review * DNF 58% It sounded interesting when i read the blurb, but it was just boring and none of the characters was interesting or stood out in a way for me to be interested. RJ seemed at first like a guy who didn`t get pushed around but then..i felt like he was weak and just doing whatever that pleased the others. Plus Roxanne seemed shallow and were just using the guys and i couldn`t understand why RJ seemed so interested.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Erin Decker

    Bones of a Saint is raw, emotional, and a much needed diverse read. This story is told in two different ways - once through the eyes of RJ in present terms, and once as stories told by RJ of his past to an old man he is suppose to rob for a violent gang. RJ grows up in a very religious community in the past (1970s?) and is dirt poor. He has several siblings, and they all have different, deadbeat dads. He tells his story through reminiscing of his Catholic roots as he tries to escape the clutches Bones of a Saint is raw, emotional, and a much needed diverse read. This story is told in two different ways - once through the eyes of RJ in present terms, and once as stories told by RJ of his past to an old man he is suppose to rob for a violent gang. RJ grows up in a very religious community in the past (1970s?) and is dirt poor. He has several siblings, and they all have different, deadbeat dads. He tells his story through reminiscing of his Catholic roots as he tries to escape the clutches of the gang that has had his trailer park under their thumb for generations - but this generation will be the last if RJ has anything to do with it. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys the twists and turns of a thriller, without being terrified, for YA readers wanting a different format, and to anyone who was raised Catholic who can appreciate the many religious references throughout this novel.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Patti Barker

    When I first started reading this book I was afraid I would abandon it before I finished, then it really started getting good! It tells the story of 15 year old RJ, whose life is changed when he meets an old loner who has moved into town. RJ is sent by the head of a local gang to try and run the man off because the house he haas purchased is gang territory. Instead RJ develops a kinship with him, and later finds out his true identity. Through this process, RJ discovers his true self and a few se When I first started reading this book I was afraid I would abandon it before I finished, then it really started getting good! It tells the story of 15 year old RJ, whose life is changed when he meets an old loner who has moved into town. RJ is sent by the head of a local gang to try and run the man off because the house he haas purchased is gang territory. Instead RJ develops a kinship with him, and later finds out his true identity. Through this process, RJ discovers his true self and a few secrets about himself and his family. Great read!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Keith Chawgo

    Farley’s book Bones of a Saint is a mixed bag that mostly delivers once you get into the unique writing style that Farley uses to tell his story. This is not a bad thing but for readers who take the time, will be rewarded an excellent story that unfolds at its own pace. Dealing with 1977’s America and looking through a lens that doesn’t romanticise the time but rather a more realistic one. The plot works but it does take a little time to get into this as the unique writing style throws the reader Farley’s book Bones of a Saint is a mixed bag that mostly delivers once you get into the unique writing style that Farley uses to tell his story. This is not a bad thing but for readers who take the time, will be rewarded an excellent story that unfolds at its own pace. Dealing with 1977’s America and looking through a lens that doesn’t romanticise the time but rather a more realistic one. The plot works but it does take a little time to get into this as the unique writing style throws the reader slightly off. After a few chapters, it does find its rhythm and unfolds to a rewarding conclusion. As the story is told through the eyes of a teenager, this may account for the structure. The characters are all very much well developed and the main character of RJ and the intelligence and plot devices used make him an extremely interesting character to get involved. The story is told through his eyes and his role of unsuspected hero works well. Roxanne is a tragic figure and the relationship RJ has with the old gentleman helps the pieces fall into place. This is what holds the story together and keeps the reader piqued. Overall, this is an excellent read for people who give it the time. It does run at its own pace and for people who stick with it will be rewarded by a very special story that works on all counts. There are some strings left unattached but this does give is a realistic approach considering that not all mysteries do get solved. The characters and situation read very life like given the story an emotional punch that helps guide the story along.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Laura Martens

    RJ Armante is fifteen years old, lives in a trailer in Northern California with his mum and 5 siblings and got kicked out of school. The true rulers of their small, backwater town are the Blackjacks, a generation-old local gang. When they tell RJ to break into the house of an old man who just moved into the abandoned house on the outskirts of town he can't refuse them. But over time, RJ's reluctance to be pulled into the dangerous gang world increases, and he starts to look for a way out. This b RJ Armante is fifteen years old, lives in a trailer in Northern California with his mum and 5 siblings and got kicked out of school. The true rulers of their small, backwater town are the Blackjacks, a generation-old local gang. When they tell RJ to break into the house of an old man who just moved into the abandoned house on the outskirts of town he can't refuse them. But over time, RJ's reluctance to be pulled into the dangerous gang world increases, and he starts to look for a way out. This book is magnificent. Written in a very distinct voice, it paints the vivid picture of a struggling family, an abandoned town in the middle of nowhere, and a burning summer in the late '70s. RJ's struggle with what he has to do and what he thinks is right is heartbreaking, as the story makes it clear how near impossible it is to truly escape from your own circumstances. A fantastic coming-of-age story with memorable characters in a vivid and real setting. Perfect if you loved Catcher in the Rye, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, or Patrick Ness's Chaos Walking Series. I would definitely recommend it!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jolie

    I tend to wish for a lot of books on NetGalley. Bones of a Saint was one of those books that I wished for. I was surprised when I checked my email and saw that NetGalley had granted my wish. I was beyond excited. I had been seeing reviews for Bones of a Saint, and the good majority of them were positive. Bones of a Saint was a fast-paced book. Even though the book was fast-paced, I was able to keep up with the main storyline. I do sometimes have an issue with keeping up with fast-paced books. I e I tend to wish for a lot of books on NetGalley. Bones of a Saint was one of those books that I wished for. I was surprised when I checked my email and saw that NetGalley had granted my wish. I was beyond excited. I had been seeing reviews for Bones of a Saint, and the good majority of them were positive. Bones of a Saint was a fast-paced book. Even though the book was fast-paced, I was able to keep up with the main storyline. I do sometimes have an issue with keeping up with fast-paced books. I end up having to reread specific chapters, in most cases. In sporadic cases, I end up getting frustrated and turned off from the book. Thankfully, in this case, I didn’t have issues keeping up with the book. The storyline for Bones of a Saint was interesting. Set in the late ’70s, a local gang has the town in its grips. RJ had kept under their radar until the night he was forced into a meeting with the leader. The leader, a hippie, is mad that an older man had moved into a house used as the gang’s hideout. He wanted RJ, his friend, and RJ’s disabled brother to vandalize the place. That sets off a series of events that end up defining RJ’s entire summer and changing his life. The beginning of Bones of a Saint had me going, “WTF.” It made zero sense, and I was trying to figure out why a priest was hiking around in the desert. But, it is explained but not until the very last chapter. I ended up rereading the prologue, and a lightbulb went off over my head. I think it would have been better as an epilogue than a prologue. The author amazingly wrote the characters in Bones of a Saint. The main character, RJ, was rough around the edges but had a heart of gold. He helped his mother (a single mother in the late 70s) without a second thought. He made friends with an older man and then tried to shield him from the local gang. He was a good kid, and I was worried for 75% of the book that the gang would get its hooks in him. I had my theories about Mr. Leguin and why he was holed up at the house. His friendship with RJ was one of the sweetest that I have read. There was a big twist in his storyline that startled me but at the same time made me go, “Oh well, that makes sense now.” The storyline with the Blackjacks was interesting, but it ran out of steam for me halfway through the book. I figured things would go the way they went. So, I wasn’t amazed at the end of the book. There is so much more I could get into with this review, but I am afraid that I will give away spoilers. Everything in this book is intertwined. Nothing is a coincidence. If you read this book, keep that in mind. The end of Bones of a Saint was breathtaking. There was action, Mr. Leguin told long-held secrets, and the identity of the priest is revealed. This was one of the best coming of age stories that I have read in a while!! Bones of a Saint was a fast-paced emotional coming of age story. The plotline was engaging and the characters unforgettable. I would recommend Bones of a Saint to anyone over the age of 16. There is no sex (not even kissing). There are references to drug use and alcohol use. There are some mild violence and mild language. There is one scene where RJ gets paddled at his Catholic school, but it was not graphic.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kate Larkindale

    I'm not sure I'll ever get used to books set in my lifetime being considered historical fiction, but here we are.. Bones of a Saint is set in the 1970s in a small California town. The protagonist, RJ, is the oldest of several siblings, all of whom have different fathers. At one point he calls them souvenirs of his mother's past relationships, something that struck a chord with me. With his mother scrabbling to make enough money to support them all, RJ is left in charge a lot of the time, and whe I'm not sure I'll ever get used to books set in my lifetime being considered historical fiction, but here we are.. Bones of a Saint is set in the 1970s in a small California town. The protagonist, RJ, is the oldest of several siblings, all of whom have different fathers. At one point he calls them souvenirs of his mother's past relationships, something that struck a chord with me. With his mother scrabbling to make enough money to support them all, RJ is left in charge a lot of the time, and when he's not looking after his sibs, he's left to roam about unsupervised. It's little surprise that he catches the attention of the local gang, The Blackjacks and is quickly pulled into their world of petty crime. Hoping that if he does what they want, they'll leave him alone, RJ agrees to vandalise the house of an old man living on the outskirts of town. But of course it doesn't end there. The Blackjacks keep asking for more and their threats - toward him and his family - grow increasingly violent when RJ pushes back. And RJ doesn't understand why the gang is attacking the old man so relentlessly. He seems pretty harmless. RJ is pulled into his world too, sharing stories about his past with the old man and receiving little pieces of his life in return. As things begin spiralling out of his control, RJ is forced to make some big decisions that will impact not just his own family, but the future of the whole town. I found this book a little hard to get into. I was completely lost at the beginning and it took a few chapters to really ground me in the world and the character's head. Possibly this is because I was reading an ARC on my phone and the formatting was a little funky, but I think it was also because of the writing style. It was first person, but I never felt like RJ was drawing me into his head and his world. The book also felt episodic in parts. I liked the glimpses into RJ's past we got through he stories he told the old man, but they didn't always tie in with anything else that was happening so while they gave background to the character, it didn't help understand the why of what he was doing at that moment. I did like the ending and how it made sense of the book's title, but I almost felt like it was too late by then. A few more clues seeded along the way would have been useful and would have made the last chapters' revelations more satisfying. So I wouldn't necessarily recommend this book to everyone. It was engrossing enough once I got into it, but it just wasn't as moving or as exciting as I really wanted it to be. Thanks to NetGalley for letting me read this advance.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Teri

    It’s the cover that first caught my attention, then the blurb sealed the deal with its 70s setting in Northern California. RJ hasn’t had the easiest life. His father committed suicide when RJ was just a child, his single mother works long hours leaving him to care for his five younger sibllings, and his family isn’t exactly rolling in cash. RJ also has a knack for getting in trouble with his actions and smart mouth. In some aspects he’s wise beyond his years, but still a mischievous teenager. Des It’s the cover that first caught my attention, then the blurb sealed the deal with its 70s setting in Northern California. RJ hasn’t had the easiest life. His father committed suicide when RJ was just a child, his single mother works long hours leaving him to care for his five younger sibllings, and his family isn’t exactly rolling in cash. RJ also has a knack for getting in trouble with his actions and smart mouth. In some aspects he’s wise beyond his years, but still a mischievous teenager. Despite his antics, he manages to maintain a pretty strong moral compass. He’s also a storyteller, and his tales reminded me of Gordie’s in the movie Stand By Me, and the overall tone of this book is similar to that movie. Although the Blackjacks play a prominent role, don’t go into this novel expecting lots of action and gang wars – it’s not that kind of book. It’s very much a teenager’s journey to facing the realities of life and learning there’s more than one path into the future. The writing is vivid and descriptive, but also humorous – teen boys are absolutely funny and weird at times. RJ’s friendship with Manny and relationship with his family are among my favorite parts of this story. I also enjoyed the references to 70s songs and fashion (bell bottom jeans!). It’s not exactly what I’d expected, but Bones of a Saint is an engaging read. A couple of twists pop up, but this is a leisurely paced story that’s more about the journey than the destination. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Aly

    This was a different book than I usually read. It takes place in the 1970's and is kind of a coming of age of a teenage boy in California. It was a snapshot of someone's life, without ties to the bigger world and with a somewhat bare plot. I did like RJ and the way he cared for his siblings, especially his disabled younger brother Charlie. RJ is a good kid and I think he'll be a compassionate adult too. The plot is mostly RJ's encounters with a local gang called The Blackjacks and trying to avoi This was a different book than I usually read. It takes place in the 1970's and is kind of a coming of age of a teenage boy in California. It was a snapshot of someone's life, without ties to the bigger world and with a somewhat bare plot. I did like RJ and the way he cared for his siblings, especially his disabled younger brother Charlie. RJ is a good kid and I think he'll be a compassionate adult too. The plot is mostly RJ's encounters with a local gang called The Blackjacks and trying to avoid their wrath. He meets an elderly man and becomes his confidant, trading stories of their histories. There is some action when RJ fights with the gang members and later does a suicidal bike run down a busy street, but I would have liked more to keep the plot from feeling slow. There's also a character Roxanne that goes missing and either I missed the part where we find out what happened to her or it isn't resolved. Either way I was kind of disappointed about the lack of information. The ending dropped some big information on us and I would have liked to process that a bit more. I also was hoping for a happier ending for RJ rather than just continuing his life as normal. Overall the book was okay and I liked the narration of the audiobook. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book. Thank you to NetGalley and RB Media for the copy

  13. 5 out of 5

    MoonChild

    This hits you, in a very realistic way. Bones of a Saint was a fast-paced book. The world and characters were very well made, diverse, the story is getting very interesting throw the book, I felt compelled to know more about this boy. RJ Armante a 15-year-old boy facing a reality with a hard-working mom. Touches subjects such as suicide, rape, gang violence but never in a specific way. A teen in a small town of California, with a gang, called blackjacks, when he gets the attention of the gang, for This hits you, in a very realistic way. Bones of a Saint was a fast-paced book. The world and characters were very well made, diverse, the story is getting very interesting throw the book, I felt compelled to know more about this boy. RJ Armante a 15-year-old boy facing a reality with a hard-working mom. Touches subjects such as suicide, rape, gang violence but never in a specific way. A teen in a small town of California, with a gang, called blackjacks, when he gets the attention of the gang, for being sometimes a smart mouth and for being in a way unsupervised, outside in his free time. But when they start threatening him and make him go to the old man's house with the intention to intimidate and make him leave. RJ has to find his way of life choosing between right and wrong, good and bad. This Audiobook was given by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, NetGalley for the chance to get to know the author and the book I absolutely loved the cover as well.

  14. 5 out of 5

    LauraReadsLit

    Thank you to NetGalley and RB Media for the audiobook in exchange for an honest review. Bones of a Saint by Grant Farley is a YA novel set in the 1970's. The main character, 15 year old RJ is pulled into the plans of a crime gang that targets the poorer boys in their community. The story follows his choices and struggles between what is right for himself and him family as he tries to keep them safe. I found the main character and his struggles to be interesting, though the plot was a bit slow, ga Thank you to NetGalley and RB Media for the audiobook in exchange for an honest review. Bones of a Saint by Grant Farley is a YA novel set in the 1970's. The main character, 15 year old RJ is pulled into the plans of a crime gang that targets the poorer boys in their community. The story follows his choices and struggles between what is right for himself and him family as he tries to keep them safe. I found the main character and his struggles to be interesting, though the plot was a bit slow, gaining my attention the most in the last few chapters of the novel. I would suggest this book to anyone who enjoys YA lit that are set in the 70s or 80s, examining familial and community relationships in small towns. I listened to this book on audiobook, and while I think that the narrator is a great narrator himself, I'm not sure he was the best pick for this novel. I just felt that the voice didn't match the narrative voice that the author was trying to convey in the writing, so I was a little drawn away from the story because of that.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kera (featherboundbooks)

    This was such a vivid story that I won’t forget any time soon. Set in California in the 1970s, this story surrounds RJ and his life at the age of 15 years old. While his mom works hard, he steps in and takes care of the younger children when she works, always telling them stories... In his town, the Blackjacks are the gang that rule the streets. He has mainly been able to stay away from them until they recruit RJ for a vandalism task in an old man’s house. There is so much at stake in this coming This was such a vivid story that I won’t forget any time soon. Set in California in the 1970s, this story surrounds RJ and his life at the age of 15 years old. While his mom works hard, he steps in and takes care of the younger children when she works, always telling them stories... In his town, the Blackjacks are the gang that rule the streets. He has mainly been able to stay away from them until they recruit RJ for a vandalism task in an old man’s house. There is so much at stake in this coming of age novel. I adored RJ and how protective he was of his siblings, especially his brother Charley. He must deal with demons from his upbringing that he never had any control over. And the old man whose home he breaks into is more than he expects. I am so thankful to have been gifted this DRC via NetGalley. This was unique and interesting, especially if you are a fan of urban historical fiction.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Taylor

    Firstly thank you NetGalley and RB Digital for allowing me to listen to this book in exchange For an honest review. Set against late ‘70’s California, Bones of a Saint weaves together the pressures of growing up poor with religious mysticism in a gritty, promising debut. RJ is struggling to take care of his siblings and avoid the local gang The Black Jacks, who seem to have it out for him. Add to that a mysterious old man who is cryptically interesting in him and the disappearance of Roxanne a g Firstly thank you NetGalley and RB Digital for allowing me to listen to this book in exchange For an honest review. Set against late ‘70’s California, Bones of a Saint weaves together the pressures of growing up poor with religious mysticism in a gritty, promising debut. RJ is struggling to take care of his siblings and avoid the local gang The Black Jacks, who seem to have it out for him. Add to that a mysterious old man who is cryptically interesting in him and the disappearance of Roxanne a girl he can’t get out of his head. A masterful storyteller himself, RJ recounts tales of his past that help not only give him depth, but also help the reader (or listener in this case) unravel the connections that have been leading him to this final standoff between himself, the mysterious old man, and The Black Jacks. Gritty and raw, this novel paints the struggles of growing up and coming to terms with who you are.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Taylor

    Firstly thank you NetGalley and RB Digital for allowing me to listen to this book in exchange For an honest review. Set against late ‘70’s California, Bones of a Saint weaves together the pressures of growing up poor with religious mysticism in a gritty, promising debut. RJ is struggling to take care of his siblings and avoid the local gang The Black Jacks, who seem to have it out for him. Add to that a mysterious old man who is cryptically interesting in him and the disappearance of Roxanne a g Firstly thank you NetGalley and RB Digital for allowing me to listen to this book in exchange For an honest review. Set against late ‘70’s California, Bones of a Saint weaves together the pressures of growing up poor with religious mysticism in a gritty, promising debut. RJ is struggling to take care of his siblings and avoid the local gang The Black Jacks, who seem to have it out for him. Add to that a mysterious old man who is cryptically interesting in him and the disappearance of Roxanne a girl he can’t get out of his head. A masterful storyteller himself, RJ recounts tales of his past that help not only give him depth, but also help the reader (or listener in this case) unravel the connections that have been leading him to this final standoff between himself, the mysterious old man, and The Black Jacks. Gritty and raw, this novel paints the struggles of growing up and coming to terms with who you are.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    RJ lives in the town of Arcangel. All he really wants is to hang out with his friend, take care of his siblings, and maybe get with a hot girl. But in a town that’s led by a gang known as the Blackjacks, it’s hard to avoid being in the gang for long. When an old man moves into a house the Blackjacks had claimed as their own, RJ finds himself stuck between the two. Threatened by the Blackjacks to intimidate the old man, RJ finds himself caught between his conscience and his sense of doing what’s RJ lives in the town of Arcangel. All he really wants is to hang out with his friend, take care of his siblings, and maybe get with a hot girl. But in a town that’s led by a gang known as the Blackjacks, it’s hard to avoid being in the gang for long. When an old man moves into a house the Blackjacks had claimed as their own, RJ finds himself stuck between the two. Threatened by the Blackjacks to intimidate the old man, RJ finds himself caught between his conscience and his sense of doing what’s right. How far is he willing to go to protect himself and his family from the gang? And who is this old man anyway, and why is he so interested in RJ’s stories? I received an advance reading copy of Bones of a Saint in exchange for an honest review. To read my full review, visit my blog here: https://stephsstoryspace.wordpress.co...

  19. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Audiobook provided by NetGalley and RB Media in exchange for an honest review. This has a similar feel to it as S.E. Hinton's THE OUTSIDERS. It took me a little while to get into the story, and while this isn't a style I'd typically read, I did enjoy it. Farley's novel is a coming of age and avoiding being sucked into the gang life story of a young man from a poor family all wrapped up in a somewhat mystery of trying to figure out who the strange old man is that moved to town that's tied up with Audiobook provided by NetGalley and RB Media in exchange for an honest review. This has a similar feel to it as S.E. Hinton's THE OUTSIDERS. It took me a little while to get into the story, and while this isn't a style I'd typically read, I did enjoy it. Farley's novel is a coming of age and avoiding being sucked into the gang life story of a young man from a poor family all wrapped up in a somewhat mystery of trying to figure out who the strange old man is that moved to town that's tied up with the bow of a storyteller. Because the art and craft of storytelling is at the heart of BONES OF A SAINT and that's what truly makes this book a good read. Christopher Carley does a good job with the audiobook and I think listening to this book being read to you adds another layer to that storyteller theme running throughout the entire book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    King Reinhardt

    Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an audiobook copy in exchange for an honest review! This book isn't what I expected. I expected gangs and excitement, instead I got a book that reads a lot like one of the stories American kids are forced to read in seventh grade. I don't mean that in a good way. It feels like the author was going for a The Outsiders vibe, only to fall short. The writing style made it hard to get into, too. I understand that it was the main character's voice, but seeing s Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an audiobook copy in exchange for an honest review! This book isn't what I expected. I expected gangs and excitement, instead I got a book that reads a lot like one of the stories American kids are forced to read in seventh grade. I don't mean that in a good way. It feels like the author was going for a The Outsiders vibe, only to fall short. The writing style made it hard to get into, too. I understand that it was the main character's voice, but seeing so much bad grammar literally had me cringing. There's a babyish attempt at grittiness in the writing, like a kid who throws rocks at an old house but panics when he actually manages to break a window. It was a nice try, but it doesn't really land. The performance from the narrator was pretty good, though! I give Bones of a Saint three stars out of five.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    Thanks to the publisher for providing an advanced review copy of the audiobook for Bones of a Saint in exchange for an honest review. While I liked some aspects of Bones of a Saint (mainly RJ's love for storytelling) there was something narration-wise that I could never put my finger on that kept me from fully enjoying it. After reading through some of the other reviews already up for this one and noticing how frequently it's compared to S.E. Hilton's The Outsiders (a book I also didn't enjoy for Thanks to the publisher for providing an advanced review copy of the audiobook for Bones of a Saint in exchange for an honest review. While I liked some aspects of Bones of a Saint (mainly RJ's love for storytelling) there was something narration-wise that I could never put my finger on that kept me from fully enjoying it. After reading through some of the other reviews already up for this one and noticing how frequently it's compared to S.E. Hilton's The Outsiders (a book I also didn't enjoy for its narration) I think it was this book's almost forced want to be intellectual and deep that kept me unengaged. The narrator did a good job with the material he had to work with, but this isn't a narration style I enjoy.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nite0wl29

    Thank you NetGalley for gifting me an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review. I was actually taken by the surprise with this story as it was nothing at all what I’d expected after reading the summary. It ended up being a relative fast read for me, but the story kinda dragged in parts. Which made it hard to push through a good chunk of the story. However I still enjoyed it, and the message of self-discovery and redemption this story conveys is one that I think most of us can relate to Thank you NetGalley for gifting me an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review. I was actually taken by the surprise with this story as it was nothing at all what I’d expected after reading the summary. It ended up being a relative fast read for me, but the story kinda dragged in parts. Which made it hard to push through a good chunk of the story. However I still enjoyed it, and the message of self-discovery and redemption this story conveys is one that I think most of us can relate to on some level in our lives. Even if our circumstances aren’t as dire RJ’s. The writing was simple yet still managed to pack a punch to your feels. Overall, I rate this book 3.5 stars.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    2.5? I hate to say it but the cover is the most interesting part of this book. From other Goodreads reviews, I seem to be in the minority with this opinion but I just couldn't get into this one. There's a rape joke not even 5% in and I think it ruined it for me. Not to mention the blatant objectification of women, routinely calling their breasts "tits, jugs" etc. There's also a character named Buns because he's fat. No story is worth dealing with this problematic shit. None of it is challenged ei 2.5? I hate to say it but the cover is the most interesting part of this book. From other Goodreads reviews, I seem to be in the minority with this opinion but I just couldn't get into this one. There's a rape joke not even 5% in and I think it ruined it for me. Not to mention the blatant objectification of women, routinely calling their breasts "tits, jugs" etc. There's also a character named Buns because he's fat. No story is worth dealing with this problematic shit. None of it is challenged either. The narrator is great tho, that's basically the only part I liked, the rest I was ambivalent towards.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    *I received an audio ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review* I was immediately drawn to the cover of this book and I found the audio narration enjoyable to listen to, however it was difficult to understand what the story was aiming to achieve. It has some interesting threads such as the local gang that wreaks havoc on the town, a mysterious old man who connects to the main character RJ through stories, and RJ trying to look after his siblings while his mother works. However, they did *I received an audio ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review* I was immediately drawn to the cover of this book and I found the audio narration enjoyable to listen to, however it was difficult to understand what the story was aiming to achieve. It has some interesting threads such as the local gang that wreaks havoc on the town, a mysterious old man who connects to the main character RJ through stories, and RJ trying to look after his siblings while his mother works. However, they didn't mesh strongly enough together to create a really engaging story.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Siofra

    Set in the '70s with the culture and hits to historical moments in history, this story follows RJ as he must deal with parenting his siblings, avoiding his local gang & accidentally becoming friends with a dying man. For a story that connected full circle, I strangely couldn't get into it. The writing at times bothered me, but I can't understand why, so I'm putting that to 'me' thing. I didn't enjoy the connection in the end, but I don't particularly appreciate how Roxanne's story was left on a cl Set in the '70s with the culture and hits to historical moments in history, this story follows RJ as he must deal with parenting his siblings, avoiding his local gang & accidentally becoming friends with a dying man. For a story that connected full circle, I strangely couldn't get into it. The writing at times bothered me, but I can't understand why, so I'm putting that to 'me' thing. I didn't enjoy the connection in the end, but I don't particularly appreciate how Roxanne's story was left on a cliff hanger; I think she deserved a happy ending out of all of them.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tobey

    This is a beautiful book. Farley has a gift that allows the reader to walk along next to RJ, the protagonist. We know RJ like we know ourselves. The musical allusions are fun and nostalgic. The book is spiritual. Farley presents the original conflict between good and evik in a way that has never been done before.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    Bones of Saint is set in the 1970's. RJ is the main character. A teenager who takes care of his younger siblings who all have different fathers, while his mom works. It is a coming of age novel. The local gang rules the street. To be honest I had a really hard time getting into the book. I almost gave up on it, but was pleasantly surprised by the ending and felt like it was the best part of the book. Bones of Saint is set in the 1970's. RJ is the main character. A teenager who takes care of his younger siblings who all have different fathers, while his mom works. It is a coming of age novel. The local gang rules the street. To be honest I had a really hard time getting into the book. I almost gave up on it, but was pleasantly surprised by the ending and felt like it was the best part of the book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mia

    I listened to the audio version of this book. It did keep my attention. I thought it was interesting for the most part, but I am honestly over women being described in disrespectful ways. It's just irritating and unnecessary to me. If you can get passed that, it is worth a shot. Thank you Netgalley for allowing me to read this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I listened to the audio version of this book. It did keep my attention. I thought it was interesting for the most part, but I am honestly over women being described in disrespectful ways. It's just irritating and unnecessary to me. If you can get passed that, it is worth a shot. Thank you Netgalley for allowing me to read this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Judy Bernstein

    Bones of a Saint, beautifully written, immersed me into the 1970's, life in a California trailer park, a threatening gang, all through the eyes of RJ, a fifteen year old boy. Farley writing is so evocative and the story so compelling that I couldn't put it down. Bones of a Saint, beautifully written, immersed me into the 1970's, life in a California trailer park, a threatening gang, all through the eyes of RJ, a fifteen year old boy. Farley writing is so evocative and the story so compelling that I couldn't put it down.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    The writing style and pacing did not help this story because at the heart of it the characters were really interesting. I was provided an ecopy of this through Netgalley; however, opinions are my own.

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