Have I told you lately that I have been in a reading slump? Well, I am… It’s a combination of lack of time and lack of interest and it sucks! At the rate I’m going I will never finish my 2015 reading challenge. I signed up to read 60 books and so far I am at 35 books. Blah!!! There is just no way I can finish this year which makes me sad. The last three years I have read over my goal and finished at 104%, 110%, and 142% so I would at least like to finish this year.
So for October I read ONE book… Just one. But it was FANTASTIC! I read Room by Emma Donoghue.
I bought this book at Target a while ago and thought it was about something completely different. I knew it was about a boy stuck in a room, but I thought it was because he had a compromised immune system and needed the stability of his own personal bubble. Within the first few pages I realized I was completely wrong, but it turned out to be a much more complicated and intriguing story. At first I found it hard to get past the story being told from the POV of a five-year-old… The language and terminology was annoying but I got over it really quickly when I put myself in his shoes and just escaped into the story. Room is rated 3.96 on Goodreads with over 380,000 ratings. Holy crap! Goodreads synopsis is: 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.
This book was tough to put down and I got through it in about 24 hours. I rarely rate a book 5 stars but this one should have gotten more. It’s also a movie starring Brie Larson, but it seems to have not been released at many theaters. I watched the trailer and just in that short amount of time there were already a LOT of differences, but I still would like to see it.
Tell me, if you have read Room, what did you think?