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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.
Publishers Weekly Review
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This has become my new favorite book, and Emma Donoghue my new favorite author. Room takes you into another world, and you never quite escape. The characters stay with you, even after you're finished reading. Room makes you look at and appreciate the things around you in a whole new way.
From page 1, I could not put this book down. It has everything you would want in a good book. I laughed, I cried, I sat on the edge of my seat in suspense. I loved the characters and they will stick with me for a long time, I'm sure.
A novel I won't soon forget
This is one of the best and most thought-provoking books I've read in a long time. It really makes you realize the importance of social interaction in a child's development. Jack is truly a brave and inspiring character.