Room is another story which I first was exposed to whilst on my daily IMDB checkup. It had an actress I really liked and the idea sounded intriguing; so low and behold, I watched the trailer, and loved it. Naturally I went out and found the book, which I had been seeing at bookfairs and opshops regularly, so I was pretty confident that I could pick it up second hand... and I did!
Okay, now stay with me as I explain the premise.
Five year old Jack lives in Room, with his Ma, Bed and occasional visits from Spider and Old Nick. There is TV, but the things on it are only pretend. Only Room actually exists.
For those of you who still haven't got it, I'll make it real simple. Jack's Ma was kidnapped when she was nineteen, and has spent the last nine years trapped, alone. Until of course she had the miracle she called Jack. Heavy right?! The book is told completely from Jack's perspective, and the author did an absolutely astounding job of creating an authentic narrator, without making the storyline or development of the plot juvenile or lacking. Sure, there were things that Jack didn't understand, but they are crystal clear for an adult to see. It was truly such a special thing to really see the world for the first time again through Jack's eye. A wonder of a book, which I am very curious to be seen made into a movie.
Genre: Adult Fiction
Acquired from: OpShop
Thoughts and things I loved (as told from my little brown book)
• Umm guys, Jack is swiping all that stuff...
•"'Let me show you something'. He puts his [LEGO] car on the floor and steps on it, crunch. It's all in pieces. 'See?' says Steppa. 'No problemo. Let's start again'". - He just stepped on LEGO on purpose, everything is not okay! How is his foot not broken?!