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“I am SO glad to be done with this book. If I wasn't reading it for my Book Club, I would not have finished it. I actually had a hard time sleeping a couple days into reading this book because it was so disturbing.
“The narrator is a five year old boy who lives with his mother in a room. This room is their entire world. They don't leave it. They don't go out to by food. The boy does not know any other children. It is a sick prison-- made tolerable by a strong mother who creates as healthy a world as possible for her child. A story of people who make do with what they have and who must adapt to a completely new universe when events change their dire circumstances. A great read.”deebxlib wrote this review 4 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Brilliant, could't put it down...”Andy Mitchell wrote this review 5 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Interesting story told through the eyes of a 5 year old boy. The author did an excellent job describing thoughts and learning modes of a 5 year old.”Paula B wrote this review 6 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Wow! What an amazingly and surprisingly powerful novel! I actually bought this book almost three years ago, eager to read it after hearing its intriguing premise (a young woman was kidnapped seven years previous and the story is told from her five year old’s perspective). As the book garnered attention and accolades, I kept meaning to move it up in my daunting To Be Read pile, but after an eerily case of life imitating art, I decided to crack open its spine immediately.
Entirely from five year old, Jack’s, perspective, some of the horror of their plight is lessened by being filtered through his innocently joyful eyes. Still, this is a sad and miraculous story that feels so genuine - both in the actual plotline and in the way the point of view is handled. It is an absolutely riveting read. And though the ending is quite eloquent, it leaves you wanting to hear more of their story.
This is a very well-written and excellently executed novel. So often books that receive a lot of immediate attention and praise can be ratehr disappointing. Not so with this one - it truly deserves all of the received attention and more. It is an impressive novel. The use of the young perspective never once crosses the line into gimmicky or false and in fact maintains a consistent and genuine feel. I am looking forward to reading more from this talented author!”
“Heartwrenching. It kind of left me wanting more at the end, perhaps something different. But it had to be this way. It left me with a feeling of sadness, yet triumph....yet...emptiness. Good, good read.”Lori wrote this review 9 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is for older students.”Christopher B Stapleton wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It was really sad and touching..but I was quite bored and looking forward for its end.!”Dimitra-“Keep in mind that people change, but the past doesn't.” -Patch to Nora/Hush, Hush wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was absolutely amazing. The view point is from that of a small boy who has just turned five years old and his innocence both softens the blow and intensifies all the horrible things he is exposed to. There is basically two parts of the book, which are different in many ways stylistically and thematically, but the whole book has you turning page after page almost desperately. Definitely a favourite.”Natalja Woody wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Incredibly moving. Starts off slow, but develops into an unfathomable story. Truly magnificent. A must read.”Dina R wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Exemplary book from the point of view of a 5-year-old boy who has never been outside the room in which his mother has been kept after being kidnapped over 7 years ago. Riveting; can't put it down.”Lila Gallenberg wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No