ROOMby Emma Donoghue
Little, Brown & Co.
Ages: Adult (but also appropriate for teens)
Jack's world is confined to the four walls of the room he shares with his mother. He was born there and knows nothing of the outside world except what he sees on TV and from stories his mother tells him. But his mother wants more for him - she wants him to be free.
Eerily reminiscent of true stories of those who have been kidnapped and held in captivity, ROOM explores how such an experience would shape the mind and existence of a young child. Brilliantly told through 5-year-old Jack's point of view, ROOM is both charming and disturbing at the same time. Ms. Donoghue tackles difficult issues and events with sensitivity and finesse.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading ROOM and highly recommend it. In fact, I liked it enough to pick up another of her books. I just started reading SLAMMERKIN and plan to review it here down the road. In the meantime, take a look at ROOM's interactive website. It's pretty neat.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Profanity: None (that I can recall)
Violence: Very mildSex: Present, but only alluded to