Room – A Book Review

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Goodreads Summary–

“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.”

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SPOILER ALERT – if you plan on reading the book please stop here!

The Good–

The story was moving and powerful and the plot though not the most happy topic shed light on an unfortunate truth that many women face in just the US alone. I also liked that the story was told through the perspective of Jack, the gregarious and happy go lucky child of the woman who was abducted. At first, his 5 year old lingo was a little difficult to follow however his perspective made the story strong. If it were told through the perspective of Ma, the story may have been a little more serious, depressing and less hopeful. Coming from Jack, the story still grasped at the positivity in their dire situation. I really also liked the pace of the story. It unfolded naturally and there weren’t any moments where I felt ready to move onto the next chapter of their lives.

The Bad–

Even though I liked the pace of the book, it was outrageously depressing for my fancy. I like darker plots, like Gone Girl but this book just really depressed me and made me not want to continue reading it. I don’t usually like leaving books halfway but I was definitely tempted. Maybe I was not ready to read about such heavy topics such as abduction, rape, confinement, etc. As for a more specific critique of the story itself…I wish we found out what happened to Old Nick. Clearly the man was sick but, there was no closure or background about what happened to him and how Ma and Jack reacted to the thoughts of him after escaping. I was also a little bummed that Ma tried to take her life towards the end of the book. She and Jack had just gone through so much and she had shown such resilience for 10 years and then she let go? I’m sure I’m being insensitive and cannot understand her situation but again, it was just so depressing!

Overall, I would rate this book a 7/10. Strong book but I was not ready for it. Anyone seen the movie yet?

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