Room by Emma Donoghue
Publishing Date: 9/13/2010
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.
Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through her fierce love for her son, she has created a life for him in this eleven-by-eleven-foot space. But Jack's curiosity is building alongside Ma's own desperation - and she knows that Room cannot contain either much longer.
Plain and simply, I loved this book. The writing style was a little difficult to get used to because it is told from the perspective of a 5-year-old boy. However, the more you read, the easier it gets. I really liked that this book was told from a child's point of view; not many adult books are. This book not only focuses on Ma's and Jack's time in Room, but also on how they cope once they are free. I feel many novels would end when they were able to escape, but this one didn't, and I think it made the book that much better. We empathize with Ma and her struggles to keep Jack happy, but also with her readjusting to the real world. We also follow how Jack copes with being around different people and learning about things that weren't in Room. I would recommend this book to everyone! I immediately gave it to my friend to read, as well as my mom, and they both loved it! I will definitely be reading other books by Ms. Donoghue.
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