Published August 20th 2010
Genre: Adult contemporary fiction
This is the story of a mother, her son, a locked room and the outside world. Jack is five and, like any little boy, excited at the prospect of presents and cake. He's looking forward to telling his friends it's his birthday, too. But although Jack is a normal child in many ways - loving, funny, bright, full of energy and questions - his upbringing is far from ordinary: Jack's entire life has been spent in a single room that measures just 12 feet by 12 feet; as far as he's concerned, Room is the entire world. He shares this world with his mother, with Plant, and tiny Mouse (though Ma isn't a fan and throws a book at Mouse when she sees him). There's TV too, of course - and the cartoon characters he thinks of as his friends - but Jack knows that nothing else he sees on the screen is real. Old Nick, on the other hand, is all too real, but only visits at night - like a bat - when Jack is meant to be asleep and hidden safely in Wardrobe. And only Old Nick has the code to Door, which is otherwise locked...
Absolutely fascinating. I found the very start difficult to get into because of the writing style, but after a few pages it fell into a nice rhythm. I literally couldn't put this book down- I read it from cover to cover in one night. It had me laughing out loud at parts, and close to tears at others. I don't really know how to describe this book because I think it's something you have to experience for yourself. It's very thought-provoking, and makes the reader think "What would I do?" I loved it from start to finish, and would recommend it to anyone.