This was another of my garage sale finds! I have never read anything quite like Room by Emma Donoghue. Here is the description:
“To Five-year-old Jack, room is the world. It’s where he was born it’s where he and his 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 coziness of Wardrobe below Ma’s clothes, where she tucks him in safely at night in case Old Nick comes. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma it’s the prison where she has been held since she was nineteen — for seven 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 her own desperation — and she knows that Room cannot contain either much longer. Told in the poignant and funny voice of Jack, Room is a story of unconquerable love in harrowing circumstances, and of the diamond-hard bond between a mother and her child. It is a shocking, exhilarating, and riveting novel — but always deeply human and always moving. Room is a place you will never forget.”
So I was not sure what to expect before I embarked on this read. There isn’t a whole lot I can say without spoiling half of the novel so bear with me!
This story was so hard to pry away from because so many big events popped up and happened that you just did not expect, or you weren’t sure how they were going to play out! It consistently kept me on my toes, which is why it was hard to find a good stopping point before putting it down if I had to do something. It also put into perspective just how difficult things are for those in this world (real life rather) who have these situations happen to them. You will fall in love with Jack, and also be amazed at how his mother did all she did to try to give him as much normalcy as possible. At first, it is hard to understand Jack’s imagination, and what he is describing, but after a few pages, you get used to his way of thinking/describing things.
Some people may say they wished to see some of the mother’s point of view, but I feel there are other novels out there that show an adult’s point of view being held captive, and less of those of a child’s point of view. I feel it was very brave and different of the author to do that.
Overall, there isn’t much more I can say that wouldn’t spoil the storyline! You will understand if you read it yourself why that is. I definitely recommend this novel!