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Room by Emma Donoghue
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Mar 17, 2011

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Read from March 13 to 17, 2011

This book is a look at at an impossible situation taken from the headlines: a young woman is kidnapped by a sexual predator and kept for 7 years in a shed. The story is told exclusively from the point of view of the 5 year old child she bears. There's a bit of a learning curve to reading this book: the restriction of social interaction that the boy experiences by having only his mother to talk with impairs his language development and his sentence structure and syntax suffer as a result. However, his insights are right on the money.

The only issue I have with this book is my desire to know what the mother was thinking. I wish the story had been told in alternating chapters of mother and son. The reader always knows what's going on with the mother, but not from her. I can only imagine her rage and relentless fear for herself and her child.

This book offers a disturbing look at the consequences of the acts of a human monster.
YA: Recommended for mature readers.

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