May 8, 2014
"We're like people in a book, and he won't let anybody else read it." ~ pg. 59
Room has been in my TBR pile for years. YEARS. It is a bestseller. It was on plenty of my fellow bloggers' best books lists. It was highly recommended. It still has major buzz. Yet it remained unread on the bottom of my never-ending pile of books to read.
A book narrated by a kid just did not appeal to me. A book with a setting of an 11x11 room did not seem interesting. It was finally Chickadee that convinced me to pause my current reads and start Room.
To five-year-old Jack, Room is where he was born and where he lives with Ma. They learn, eat, sleep, bathe, read and play in Room. At night, Jack sleeps in Wardrobe because Old Nick comes to visit Ma. To Ma, Room is where Old Nick has kept her captive for seven years. She devises an escape plan that relies on Jack's bravery, imagination and intelligence.
My heart breaks for this little boy that was taught the world measured eleven foot by eleven foot. That everything else he saw on TV was make-believe. Outside was fantasy and weather is something that happens to TV persons. Perfect example of mind over matter; what you don't know won't hurt you.
If I had to pick books that are ***flawless from beginning to end, Room would be at the top of my short list. This is the point where I would drop the mic but I am too sad for Jack and the real life people in a captive situation.
By now, you have read numerous reviews of Room. What's one more? This review is for the bookhearts that still have Room in their TBR piles. This review is for the bookhearts that love Room and consider it a favorite. This review is for the neutral bookhearts that are looking for a recommendation. This brilliantly executed novel is it.
Author: Emma Donoghue
Published: September 2010
Edition: eBook (Audiobook recommended by Chickadee)