From Goodreads: “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.”
This ended up being a surprising favorite of mine this year. I was originally turned off of this book by the subject matter and the fact that it is written in the point of view of a 5 year old. However, I decided to give it a go anyways and I’m so glad I did. I could not put it down! At times the POV could be difficult to follow. Trying to make sense of what Jack is talking about could sometimes be a nuisance. However, having him tell the story made it easier to get through such a topic. I loved the way things worked out for them, but at times I felt major frustration towards Jack. I kept forgetting that he was just a child, who grew up in a terrible environment, and knew no better. The worst part is that this kind of stuff actually happens. Emma Donoghue gave a powerful voice to true victims through the story of Jack and the Room.