Thursday, July 29, 2010
Room is the story of a boy named Jack and his relationship with his Ma, as told by Jack. Jack is five years old and was born in Room. He has never left Room because of Old Nick, who kidnapped Jack's Ma and has locked her in Room for the past seven years. Not only does the author capture the voice of a five year old in an incredibly accurate way, but she stays consistent with his voice throughout the entire book. This is the best book I've read with a child narrator. There was never a moment when his voice was too young or too old. Even better, Jack is completely innocent in so many ways that it would be difficult to remain consistent, but the author accomplishes it flawlessly. Because Jack has never been outside of Room, he doesn't know about grass, wind, stairs, and a million other things. The author maintains such a consistency with Jack's voice that the story is never broken.
The relationship between Jack and Ma is so precious. It was heartbreaking and beautiful and so very real. Every character was utterly believable. I can't say enough about how amazing this book is. It will be released in September and I recommend that you be waiting at the bookstore on the morning of the 14th to buy it and read immediately. Don't even go home first. Definitely the best book I've read all year. I'm honored to have the opportunity to review it for the publisher.
Posted by Julie G at 1:31 PM