‘It’s Jack’s birthday, and he’s excited about turning five. He lives with his Ma in Room, which has a locked door and a skylight, and measures 11 feet by 11 feet. He loves watching TV, and the cartoon characters her calls friends, but he knows that nothing he sees on screen in truly real – only him, Ma and the things in Room. Until the day Ma admits that there’s a world outside . . .’ – Blurb from book.
If I am truly honest this book was originally bought because of the hype that surrounded it but that is one thing I stopped paying attention to. After a couple of weeks I started reading and was still slightly unsure about whether or not the book was for me. The book is written from the point of view of Jack the five year old boy who lives in Room with his Ma as it says above in the book synopsis.
From the beginning the story starts to build but gives nothing away until events actually start to unfold. A compelling story that at times had me on the brink of tears, fright for Jack and his Ma and happiness. The reviews that have surrounded this book are absolutely on point especially when they say it is compelling and will have you thinking for days on end.
Since I finished reading Room it has been on my mind going around like a helicopter blade, it makes you think about how you live and how others do, as well as taking advantage of situations that we have the luxury of experiencing. Surprisingly it highlights some of the terrible things that happen right in front of our eyes without us even flinching or actually taking stock of what is going on.
A book that I should have read in a day but took longer due to normal life, but saying that after reading it the question is: What is ‘normal’ life? And is it better to know what we do?
Some of the events that happened in this book which I will not mention with the attempt in staying spoiler free really got me thinking – is this normal? And after considering the good and bad sides I realised if all I knew was ‘that’ then it would be.
The way that Ma and Jack exist with each other and the things (Jack’s Friends) that surround them is completely surreal. Ma manages to keep an active five year old constantly searching for more with every twist and turn this book takes. Some of the activities they get up to are absolutely great and it makes me think that when I finally do get around to having kids that I will make the most of every moment I have with them. Sometimes pictures cannot truly capture the feelings of a moment but memories will stick with you forever.
Recommendation: Read this book – it will have you reeling but it will be completely worth it in the end.