Monday, March 7, 2011

Book 31

{I started counting how many books I could/was reading in June 2010}

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 (from

I liked this book. It was entertaining but it wasn't an easy read for me. The entire book is written as though it is written by a five year old (purposely). Certain words don't make sense and grammar is out the window. I found myself stopping every page or so to ensure that I really understood what I was reading. The actual meat of the story was great. I only wish they had shared more about life outside of the room and Ma's recovery.

Did you read this one?


PinkSass said...

Read this and my goodness it totally haunted me.

Like thinking about it now gives me the chills.

~Mrs. Guru~ said...

This book sounds good!

Jackie said...

I just finished after starting it last night. I thought it was an easy read in the sense that I couldn't put it down, but the 5 year old voice drove me crazy at times. Such a disturbing plot though! Gah!!

Anonymous said...

I heard it was hard to read because of that, but still good. It's on my list.

Nap Mom said...

I have not read it, but it is on my list of books to read.