Book Review: Room

I feel like I've been reading way too many female family drama novels lately (i.e. Diane Chamberlain, Jodi Piccoult, Anita Shreve), nothing notable or even worth reviewing. They all have the same basic storyline and ending. I haven't even been excited to read my book club selections. I was really excited to receive Room: A Novel as a Christmas gift. I knew from reading the inside cover that it would be different from the books that have put me in a reading rut lately.

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the world. It's where he was born, it's where he and Ma eat and sleep and play and learn. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma it's the prison where she has been held since she was nineteen. 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.

The story is told from the perspective of five-year-old Jack, which lends a nice change to the language and thought patterns used. It also leaves the reader guessing since certain details are not given up front. I loved not knowing for many pages why Ma and Jack were confined to Room. I also loved the psychological aspect of the story, and there were many facets to this as the story progressed.

I can't give a synopsis because the whole story will be given away. I'll just say that I'm an avid reader and this book was different, it kept me guessing, and I highly recommend it.