Monday, October 22, 2012

TY Book Recommendation 4

Bethany Shiell has been reading Emma Donoghue's novel Room for her Transition Year Extended Essay, and writes:-

This book had been recommended tome by so many people that I felt I had to read it. And now I know why, now I can’t stop reading!

Jack lives in Room, which measures 11 feet by 11 feet and has a locked door and a skylight. This is Jack’s entire world. Jack has never been outside of Room, so he knows that all his friends he sees on TV aren’t real. Jack’s Ma was kidnapped seven years ago at the age of nineteen, and neither of them have seen Outside since. Though the difference is that Jack was born in Room, and is happy with his life in that 121 square foot room. Until one day when his Ma turns his world upside down and tells him that there’s a world outside. We are plunged into Jack’s life of ignorance about the outside world, and  the frustration of his Ma, who has always wanted him to live a normal life.

I found this description of the book that I agree with completely: "Room is a book to read in one sitting. When it’s over you look up: the world looks the same but you are somehow different and that feeling lingers for days" (Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveller’s Wife). It makes you see your life in a whole new light, and it is also "a moving portrayal of how love can be born, nurtured and survive even in the darkest of places" (Cecilia Ahern, author of P.S. I Love You).

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