Room: A Novel

Room: A Novel - 5 year old Jack and his mom live in a room. As far as Jack is concerned, everything they need is there. And when they want something, they just have to put it on a list and give it to Old Nick and hope he brings it. But things aren't going so well anymore. The heat turns off and Old Nick doesn't bring them any new food. Finally, Jack's mom tells him the truth. Even though he's never left Room, there is a whole world outside. Old Nick kidnapped his mom 7 years earlier and now they have to try to escape.Room is not a book I would have picked up on my own. It's not really my thing. However, that is why I joined a book club - to read outside my comfort zone. I liked and hated Room at the same time. Jack was the narrator and I really didn't like him. I kept reminding myself he wasn't a 5 year old that has had a traditional upbringing, but it just drove me insane the way he talked. He could repeat complex things from the news, but he couldn't formulate sentences very well at all. It was really annoying. Really. Annoying. It took me a while to get into the story, but I'm glad I stuck with it. It was definitely interesting. A lot to think about. I can see why it is used in book discussion groups a lot.