For my C.H.I.R.P book assignment, I read Room by Emma Donoghue. The book is told through a 5 year old’s point of view, Jack, who has lived with his mother, “Ma” for his entire life in “Room”, a backyard shed turned into a small living space. After a man named Nick kidnapped Ma 7 years prior, neither her nor Jack have ever left Room. The book focuses on the hardships Ma and Jack have to endure in their everyday life, while struggling to maintain as normal a lifestyle as possible, for Jack’s sake. The story takes a turn when Jack turns 5 because Ma now feels he is older, stronger, and more brave than before. Ma and Jack come up with their “Great Escape Plan” to finally get out of room and into the real world. After their escape, Ma and Jack finally get the help they need and able to live the happy life they have always wanted.
In my opinion, the book was even more engaging than I had thought it would be, to the point where i wasn’t able to put it down! I feel this story could relate to all different types of people, especially myself because my age is near the middle of both main characters, so I was able to see two different points of view. This was especially interesting because both scenarios offered a lot of various types of insight which made my understanding of the novel that much greater. The book was as great as everyone claimed it to be, and I’m glad I finally got to read it.
This story is one that I would recommend to everyone, especially readers that enjoy fiction. The novel is for young adults and high schoolers, perfect for MHS! I believe anyone who reads this book will be moved by these characters and their amazing journey. Lastly, I encourage all people to read it and experience this wonderful tale for themselves.