Monday, January 31, 2011

Room - Donoghue

This seems to be a very common book in the blogs right now, and rightfully so in light of the recent events with the rescue of Jaycee Dugard and her children.

Room by Emma Donogue is told from the view of a five-year old boy named Jack. Jack and his Ma live in "Room", an 11x11 garden shed, locked away from the world. Room is home to Jack. But Room is a prison for Ma. Jack spends his day doing "thousands of things". Ma spends her days raising Jack the best she can...and dreaming of what she lost six years ago when she was kipnapped by Old Nick.  Nick is a sociopath who has enprisoned and sexually abused Ma for years.  As Jack gets older and more curious, and Old Nick becomes less reliable and more dangerous, Ma realizes that both she and Jack are doomed if they do not escape.
But, it turns out that escape from Room is not all its cracked up to be.

This was a really great story. The writing is extremely good and the story is so creative and different from anything I have read before.  You are pulled into little Jack's world and truly begin to see the world through a child's eyes. You fall in love with Jack while in Room and truly feel compassion when he is faced with saying goodbye. But you also feel for Ma, understanding the choices she has made to ensure the safety and care of her beloved Jack.

4/5- Great. Push it on your friends and family.