Author: Emma Donoghue
Pages [hardcover]: 321
Opening Lines: Today I’m five. I was four last night going to sleep in Wardrobe, but when I wake up in Bed in the dark I’m changed to five, abracadabra. Before that I was three, then two, then one, then zero.
Favorite Characters: Jack & Noreen
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 determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it’s not enough…not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son’s bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.
Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, ROOM is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.
I’ve been hearing many good things about this novel and wanted to check it out for myself. Though it’s heart-wrenching and horrible, I was addicted to this book, and couldn’t put it down. It was easy to picture the characters and Room, and everything was described beautifully. I love how it was told from five-year old Jack’s perspective. The contrast of Jack’s innocence and the situation they were stuck in was thought provoking. What if you didn’t know anything about the world for the first five years of your life? Everything would be completely foreign to you.
Ma was a very strong leading character, raising Jack and fighting for their freedom. She isn’t infallible, which I liked. She gets frustrated with Jack just like all parents get with their children sometimes. It’s obvious they love each other, and their bond is seem throughout the book.
I breezed through this. Sometimes it was hard to tell what Jack was talking about, describing things the way a child would, but it didn’t break up the book the way I thought it would-it fit in perfectly. I give it 5/5 stars. This is definitely a novel that will stick with me for a while.