Saturday, July 2, 2011

Book Nook: Room by Emma Donoghue

N and I were fortunate enough to spend a week in Los Cabos, Mexico recently. While there, I was able to get a LOT of reading done.

Now, I'm not going to lie to you, since I was on vacation, I spent a lot of that reading time reading cheesy chick-lit and romance novels. I pretty much read nothing but young adult literature during the school year, since I like to be up to date on what my students are reading, and be able to make recommendations to them. So during the summer, I read grown up books. I had bought the ebook version of "Room" awhile ago, but hadn't yet been able to read it. On vacation, I still didn't get to it until we got slammed with an unexpected layover in Houston on the way back. (Don't get me started on the customs agents at the Houston airport. Stupid Texas.)

So I opened up Room and started reading. If you don't know the premise of the book, it's the story of a mother and child who are being held captive by a man and their brave attempts to survive.

At first, I was completely sucked in. It's an incredibly interesting concept, especially telling it from the child's point of view.  The entire book is told by Jack, a five-year-old boy who has never seen the "outside" he has lived his entire life inside of Room. He has never felt the wind, or seen grass, or anything we take for granted every day.

It's an interesting story, but about halfway through, I started to lose interest. And at the end? I was completely disappointed. The thing with telling the story through the eyes of this particular five-year-old is that he is emotionally stunted. He loves Ma, but that's all he knows. This ends up with there being absolutely no depth to the story after certain events happen.

Would I recommend it? I don't know. I think the concept itself allows for it being worth the time to read. I just wish there had been... more.

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