I’ve been saying in comment responses for a little bit now that I’m going to post some book reviews soon. I’d been procrastinating because other things have come up that I’ve wanted to share, but today’s the day. I’ve got two books to share with you that I enjoyed quite a lot. I’ll review them in the order I read them.
Emma Donaghue’s Room is written on a fairly disturbing premise, but it is told from the perspective of the five year old son, which adds naivety and lightness to otherwise heavy content. At 19 years old, Jack’s mom was kidnapped and taken hostage to a room in a man’s home. She is held there with no windows and no outside access, and during that time she conceives Jack. In a world that must have been incredibly depressing for her, she creates an environment for Jack that is fun, educational, and physically active. He tells tales of games she creates to get their exercises, birthday cakes she bakes for him with their “Sunday treat”, creative tales they devise of bath time and bed time. It is only on the rare occasion you as a reader remember the premise of the book. At night, Jack sleeps in a wardrobe, because the man comes in to visit his mother. Again, because of the perspective it is not nearly as depressing as it sounds.
After Jack’s fifth birthday, he and his mom start devising a plan to escape Room (Jack refers to things as proper nouns, such as Bed, Window, etc.). What happens next is a story of hope and individuality, as Jack learns that his mom is more than just that. It also teaches the reader the importance of perspective in a story, as I finished what seems to be a heavy story without a sense grief or sadness about the situation.
I would recommend this book to anyone, really. It takes a bit to get into it, as I was tired of hearing descriptions of Room by 20% (I read on a Kindle and it tells me %’s instead of page numbers). But once the storyline picks up, it’s hard to put down. I gave it 4/5 stars on Goodreads.