For our adult readers, Room is an intense and riveting story of a boy, his mother, and the place that they call home. Told from the perspective of Jack, a five-year-old boy, we learn he has spent his entire five years living within the walls of a single room, where his mother had been placed after her kidnapping. He enjoys many things that typical boys enjoy, like playing pretend, coloring, watching television, and making forts, but has never been outside the confines of “Room.”
When Jack and his mom are suddenly thrust out into the world, away from the only home Jack has ever known, what seems like new blessings become confusing and overwhelming events. Jack has to learn what cars are, what the sky is, all different kinds of new foods, and many, many other things that most people take for granted. He is overstimulated and scared of his new environment, as is his mother.
The story is incredibly powerful and written in such a way that the reader is left feeling as if though they really did experience everything through a five-year-old’s eyes. The dialogue is impressive and the overall effect chilling. Room is a haunting read that will stick with you long after you’ve finished the book.
Room by Emma Donoghue; Little, Brown, and Company; $24.99; Adult