Room by Emma Donoghue
I really, really have been wanting to review this book, but I really, really don't want to reveal anything because so much of the genius of this novel is the slow reveal of the story.
Here's what I can tell you - Jack and his mother, Ma, live in an 11 foot by 11 foot room. Jack's companions are things like Bed, Chair, Rug, and that his toys are crafty items that he and Ma have created. She has crafted an exercise program, learning time, limited TV time and more for Jack, who is now five years old and has never known anything but Room - and knows nothing about Outside.
Until Ma begins to reveal the truth to Jack...
This whole novel is written from the point of view of Jack - a five year old's speech and vernacular, and his own thoughts and concerns, while still moving the story forward. And it's genius.
I don't want to say anymore, except that I literally could not put this book down until the end, and that it stayed with me for a long time after that. Every accolade this novel has received has been deserved. Read it for yourself - you won't regret it.
Definitely one of the best books I've read this year....
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