by: Emma Donoghue
In many ways, Jack is a typical 5-year-old. He likes to read books, watch TV, and play games with his Ma. But Jack is different in a big way–he has lived his entire life in a single room, sharing the tiny space with only his mother and an unnerving nighttime visitor known as Old Nick. For Jack, Room is the only world he knows, but for Ma, it is a prison in which she has tried to craft a normal life for her son. When their insular world suddenly expands beyond the confines of their four walls, the consequences are piercing and extraordinary. Despite its profoundly disturbing premise, Emma Donoghue’s Room is rife with moments of hope and beauty, and the dogged determination to live, even in the most desolate circumstances. A stunning and original novel of survival in captivity, readers who enter Room will leave staggered, as though, like Jack, they are seeing the world for the very first time.
This book broke my heart on so many occasions. The lengths that a Mother will go to in protecting her child are profound. She not only must protect him from a very evil man but also finds a way to give him what he thinks is the most normal life a boy could have. It is somewhat difficult to read in the beginning because the story is told from the point of view of the 5 year old boy. But soon enough, you adapt to his way of telling the story and somehow it just makes it more real. If you are a Mother, then this is a great story because you can relate to some of her choices.