To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.
Room is home to... read more
It's Jack's birthday, and he's excited about turning five. Jack lives with his Ma in Room, which has a locked door and a skylight, and measures 11 feet by 11 feet. He loves watching TV, and the cartoon characters he calls friends, but he knows that nothing he sees is truly real - only him, Ma... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
It's Jack's birthday, and he's excited about turning five. Jack lives with his Ma in Room, which has a locked door and a skylight, and measures 11 feet by 11 feet. He loves watching TV, and the cartoon characters he calls friends, but he knows that nothing he sees is truly real - only him, Ma and the things in Room. Until the day Ma admits that there's a world outside ... and read the rest story on your own. I don't want to spoil the suspense.
“Today I'm five. I was four last night going to sleep in Wardrobe, but when I wake up in Bed in the dark I'm changed to five, abracadabra. Before that I was three, then two, then one, then zero.”Jack
“Afte nap Ma says she's figured out that we don't need to ask for a measuring tape, we can make a ruler ourselves. We recycle the cereal box from Ancient Egyptian Pyramid, Ma shoes me to cut a strip as big as her foot, that's why it's called a foot, then she puts twelve little lines. I measure her nose that's two inches long. My nose is one inch and a quarter, I write it down. Ma makes Ruler flip slo-mo somersaults up Door Wall wher my talls are, she says I'm three feet three inches.”Jack
“In Room me and Ma had time for everything. I guess the time gets spread very thin like butter all over the world, the roads and houses and playgrounds and stores, so there's only a little smear of time on each place, then everyone has to hurry on to the next bit.”Jack
“"You must feel an almost pathological need-understandably- to stand guard between your son and the world,"says the puffy-hair woman. "Yeah, it's called being a mother,"says Ma.”
“If I was made of cake I'd eat myself before somebody else could.”Jack
“When I was a little kid I thought like a little kid, but now I'm five I know everything.”Jack
“'Yeah, but I thought he was going to punish us too.' I try to imagine. 'Like if there were two Rooms, if he put me in one and you in the other.'”Jack
“The soul selects her own society--Then--Shuts the door”
“There's a dog crossing a road with a human on a rope, I think it's actually tied, not like the daycare that were just holding on. (241)”Jack
“Yeah. I've seen the world and I'm tired now.”Jack
Also everywhere I’m looking at kids, adults mostly don’t seem to like them, not even the parents do. They call the kids gorgeous and so cute, they make the kids do the thing all over again so they can take a photo, but they don’t want to actually play with them, they’d rather drink coffee talking to other adults. Sometimes there’s a small kid crying and the Ma of it doesn’t even hear.Highlighted by 972 Kindle customers
“It’s called mind over matter. If we don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”Highlighted by 970 Kindle customers
In the world I notice persons are nearly always stressed and have no time. Even Grandma often says that, but she and Steppa don’t have jobs, so I don’t know how persons with jobs do the jobs and all the living as well. In Room me and Ma had time for everything. I guess the time gets spread very thin like butter over all the world, the roads and houses and playgrounds and stores, so there’s only a little smear of time on each place, then everyone has to hurry on to the next bit.Highlighted by 926 Kindle customers
When I was four I thought everything in TV was just TV, then I was five and Ma unlied about lots of it being pictures of real and Outside being totally real. Now I’m in Outside but it turns out lots of it isn’t real at all.Highlighted by 684 Kindle customers
I don’t say because of manners, but actually he’s got it backwards. In Room I was safe and Outside is the scary.Highlighted by 648 Kindle customers
Before I didn’t even know to be mad that we can’t open Door, my head was too small to have Outside in it. When I was a little kid I thought like a little kid, but now I’m five I know everything.Highlighted by 642 Kindle customers
“ ‘The Soul selects her own Society—Then—shuts the Door—’Highlighted by 546 Kindle customers
When I was four I didn’t know about the world, or I thought it was only stories. Then Ma told me about it for real and I thought I knowed everything. But now I’m in the world all the time, I actually don’t know much, I’m always confused.Highlighted by 474 Kindle customers
I’ve been in the world three weeks and a half, I still never know what’s going to hurt.Highlighted by 342 Kindle customers
Lots of the world seems to be a repeat. • • •Highlighted by 55 Kindle customers
This novel could be considered controversial, considering the mother keeps her son hidden during instances of sexual events. However, the end product could outweigh this due to education about safety, survival and perseverance in the face of tremendous odds.
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