Overall: 93/100 or A
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.
I don't read much Adult fiction, but my mom handed this to me right after she finished and told me to read it now. I had heard quite a few amazing things about Room and decided to give it a try and I am glad that I did. This book was unlike anything that I have ever read. Room was haunting and stunning, while uplifting and hopeful. It keeps on just coming back to me. I can't imagine being in a room for my whole life and not realizing what I was missing. Jack was the original naive character as possible. He didn't know what was outside his world. I really adored his courage and strength through out the book. Ma also had a lot of strength and I loved how she made up these clever "games" on ways to get the neighbours to notice this shack. While she seemed selfish, I haven't had to deal with the horrors that she has. It was epically original. Donoghue created a unique and interesting book that I loved. Jack's world was powerful and unique. I recommend that you go buy and read this book now, you won't regret it.