Author: Emma Donoghue
Summary: To five-year-old Jack, room is the world . . . .
It's where he was born. It's where he and Ma eat and sleep and play and learn. There are endless wonders that let loose Jack's imagination the snake under Bed that he constructs out of eggshells; the imaginary world projected through the TV; the cosiness of Wardrobe beneath Ma's clothes, where she tucks him in at night, in case Old Nick comes.
Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it's the prison where she's been held since she was nineteen - for seven long years. Through her fierce love for her son, she has created a life for him in that eleven-by-eleven-foot space. But Jack's curiosity is building alongside Ma's own desperation, and she knows that Room cannot contain either indefinitely. . . .
Told in the inventive, funny, and poignant voice of Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience - and a powerful story of a mother and son whose love lets them survive the impossible.
My Rating: 10/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: This book was very different than I thought it would be. I figured it would be hard to read, because it is narrated by a five-year-old boy, making it hard to connect to the characters, but it\s nearly impossible to not share some emotional connection to Jack and his character and story will stay with you long after you finish the book
The book is disturbing and suspenseful, but it isn't overly graphic or disturbing based on the content of the book. In fact, the author was able to describe certain horrific events, without having to go into detail. As a reader you knew what was happening, and it was horrifying, but you were saved from any graphic descriptions, because it's told through the eyes of Jake, who thankfully is unaware of what is truly happening on the nights he sleeps at the bottom of the wardrobe. Jake is a character I will always remember. From his life in Room, to his journey and exploration outside it, he's such a sweet and curious child.
The book will make you anxious and keep you reading it as you hope for Jake and his mother's escape, and half way through you get your wish. It was heart wrenching to watch Jake integrate himself into his new world. My only issue with the book is the ending was a bit abrupt. I would have liked an epilogue of some sorts, just to tie up all of the loose ends. But other than that, Room was a fantastic book. Well worth reading.
Would I recommend it to read: I would, the book can be intense at times and it's a book that will affect you emotionally. But the author was able to show the horrific events of Jake and his mother's life, without having to be overly graphic about it. Which I'm thankful for, and I'm sure other readers are too.
What to read next: I'm not sure what to read next, this is a book that sticks with you after you've read it.
Challenges: 11 in 11, 100+ Challenge, 2011 Countdown Challenge, Canadian Reading V Challenge,