Saturday, April 28, 2012

Book Review: Room by Emma Donoghue

This book was phenomenal. I read it on a recommendation from one of my coworkers. It took a little adjusting to get used to the fact that the book is written from a five-year-old's perspective, but after that, I was hooked! So much so, that I have made it the book discussion for our young adult book discussion that meets at Manitowoc Coffee. Whether you are interested in attending or not, I highly recommend reading this book. We have extra copies available at the reference desk!


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.

Bookends Discussion: Room by Emma Donoghue
Monday, May 21st
Manitowoc Coffee 
6:00 PM
Receive $1 off any drink purchase while attending the book discussion!

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