Room by Emma Donoghue is hands down my favorite book that I have read so far this year. When my book club picked it as our next book I was a bit skeptical. The book is told through the perspective of a five year old boy, born in a room where he is being held captive with his mother by a man referred to as "Old Nick." The biggest question I get when I tell people about the premise of the book is "is it scary?" The answer is no, not really, because it is told through the perspective of an innocent little boy. It is actually quite endearing to read about the creative ways his mother teaches her son about the outside world. I would, however, use the adjective "haunting" to describe the book, as Jack explains things he perhaps doesn't understand but may cause the reader some alarm.
The reason I loved this book so much was that I had never read anything like it before. The voice of Jack is so pitch-perfect and the subject matter is so unique that I quickly became invested in the outcome for this innocent little boy and his mother. Oddly, I didn't finish the book very quickly as I found that I had to read rather slowly to fully comprehend all that Jack was experiencing through his five year old perception. Nevertheless, it was a fantastic read and I highly, highly recommend it. Additionally, if you have a book club it would be a great pick as I think it is going to create a lot of discussion.
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Currently Reading: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire for the Harry Potter Challenge