Room by Emma Donoghue is one of my favourite books. I first read it a few years ago and reread it very recently.
I mainly love it because it is written from the perspective of a 5 year old boy. You can see his innocence, inexperience and naivety in his thoughts. But he's so sweet and loving. The different perspective is something so different and interesting than the majority of books out there.
Summary from Wikipedia:
Jack lives with his Ma in Room, a secured single-room outbuilding containing a small kitchen, a bathtub, a wardrobe, a bed, and a TV set. Since it is all he has ever known, Jack believes that only Room and the things it contains (including himself and Ma) are "real." Ma, unwilling to disappoint Jack with a life she cannot give him, allows Jack to believe that the rest of the world exists only on television. Ma tries her best to keep Jack healthy and happy via both physical and mental exercises, keeping a healthy diet, limiting TV-watching time, and strict body and oral hygiene. The only other person Jack has ever seen is Old Nick, who visits Room at night while Jack sleeps hidden in a wardrobe. Old Nick brings them food and necessities. Jack is unaware that Old Nick kidnapped Ma when she was nineteen years old and has kept her imprisoned in Room for the past seven years; Jack is the product of Old Nick's rape of Ma.
Jack is living in a very blissful world. He knows nothing different from his existing, confined life. It's so hard to imagine what he is experiencing but the author does a great job of describing it. Overall this is an eerie book that covers a really dark situation. It me a while to figure out what was happening the first time around but once I did, I was on the edge of my seat for the rest. It's so scary to think that this story is based on multiple actual events.
The first time I read it, I was thinking about it for weeks. I couldn't get it out of my head. And now reading it again, I am looking at it more from a mother's perspective. What it must have been like for Jack's mother to raise him in a tiny room and try to make his life as "normal" as possible. This quote sums it up perfectly: "When it’s over you look up: the world looks the same but you are somehow different and that feeling lingers for days" Yup.
I highly recommend this book. It's so eerie, different and interesting. And SO very well written. I will definitely be reading it again.
And I just found out it's being adapted into a movie later this year. Hurray!