Yes, another review in one day. This could be for your birthday gift I guess :)
I received this book from a friend for my birthday, and he recommended it with high praise. As soon as I picked it up, played with it in my hands, and read the blurb, I was instantly taken by the idea.
This is Room by Emma Donoghue.
Jack is five.
He lives in a single, locked room with his Ma.
On Goodreads, here is the 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"
Told from Jack's perspective was a very interesting experience for me. I care for kids around Jack's age, so I know how they speak, how they act, and only sometimes what they are thinking like. They are adorable, and I could NOT imagine the kids I take care of to be like Jack. Jack is such an interesting kid in the book, and I really took to him. The whole 'perspective from a five year old' was so well done and never came off as obnoxious or poorly done. It was completely believable, and that's what made it so surreal and saddening.
You could feel Ma's desperation through her tones and the way she spoke to Jack, and how she creates imaginative games for Jack that distracts him but also helps them try to break out (The game 'Scream'). When I tried to imagine myself in that situation, it was almost unthinkable. I'm eighteen now, and I'm no stranger to the knowledge that girls get abducted regardless of age. It happens too often that it begins to turn into a statistic that you don't think can or could happen to you. But for 'Ma', this was her reality, for seven years. It really shocked me and made me sick when thinking about it to be honest, though it might be only fictional in this book, it happens around the world.
I could feel myself hating, even seething whenever 'Old Nick' was mentioned, or his character had a part to speak or when he was described. In my own little way, I wanted to find Ma and Jack and help them and give Old Nick the punishment he deserved. It was all too real for me.
Jack was loveable, and written like a real little boy. With the knowledge of only his Room, and the things inside, you couldn't not wish that he would get a happy ending and live a good and long life on the Outside world that he so longed to see through the TV.
There isn't much for me to say about this book. It's emotionally captivating, and I adored it. Please do read it! It's a short read (400 pages...THAT'S A SHORT READ FOR ME, OKAY?)
Rating: 7.5 out of 10.