Room by Emma Donoghue
Originally published: August 6, 2010
(*This book was narrated by a 5-year-old boy.*)
“She gets sick of things fast, it’s from being an adult.”
“I count my teeth, I keep getting it wrong, nineteen then twenty then nineteen again.”
“‘Nobody’s going to rescue us.’ I don’t say anything. And then I say, ‘you don’t know everything there is.'”
“Ma’s not meant to ask me things, she’s meant to know.”
“‘You know your heart, Jack?’ ‘Bam bam.’ I show her on my chest. ‘No, but your feeling bit, where you’re sad or scared or laughing or stuff?’ That’s lower down, I think it’s in my tummy.”
“‘Scared is what you’re feeling,’ says Ma, ‘but brave is what you’re doing.‘”
“‘Don’t worry about it.’ She keeps saying that but I don’t know to not worry.‘”
“I like looking at her face when she doesn’t even know it.”
“‘Do you think of the worse things?‘ ‘Sometimes,’ she says, ‘sometimes I have to.’”
“‘Careful.’ Why do persons only say that after the hurt?”
“‘It’s just makeup,’ she says, ‘so I’ll look better.’ ‘You look better always,’ I tell her.”
“Ma says everybody’s got a few different selves.”
“But now I’m in the world, all the time, I actually don’t know much, I’m always confused.”
“To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It’s where he was born, where he and his Ma eat and play and learn. There are endless wonders that let loose Jack’s imagination—the snake under Bed that he constructs out of eggshells, the imaginary world projected through the TV, the coziness of Wardrobe below Ma’s clothes, where she tucks him in safely at night in case Old Nick comes.
Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it’s the prison where she’s been held since she was nineteen—for seven years. Through her fierce love for her son, she has created a life for him in that eleven-by-eleven-foot space. But Jack’s curiosity is building alongside her own desperation—and she knows that Room cannot contain either much longer.
Told in the poignant and funny voice of Jack, Room is a story of unconquerable love in harrowing circumstances, and of the diamond-hard bond between a mother and her child. It is a shocking, exhilarating, and riveting novel—but always deeply human and always moving. Room is a place you will never forget.”
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5 stars!
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