Room by Emma Donoghue

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 Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it’s not enough…not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son’s bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, ROOM is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.

My Thoughts
I found this book a little hard to get into at first. I think it took about 3 or 4 chapters to decide whether or not I would finish it or just say ‘I tried’. I did finish it. The POV from the 5 year old Jack makes it a tough read at first. As bad as it makes me sound, I found it hard to get into because of the POV. It was a tad confusing and made me think something was seriously wrong with him. It takes a while to understand that he has a limited view of the world- which his world is his Room. But the way it’s all written, it just makes you REALLY think about what’s going on and what he’s saying. As it goes along, you begin to understand that something isn’t right with him or his mom’s life. And then, like punch to the stomach, you realize they live in that Room and it’s because they were kidnapped and held hostage. The more you hear the story, the more angry you become with Old Nick and the more you wonder how she lived so long and why she would want to keep the child of her captor but really, how could she not. As a mother, I understand how she can keep him and hide him so this monster can’t ever see or touch Jack. There is judgement but once you see the WHOLE picture and learn how young she is and was when she was captured then you just have tears in your eyes and it’s hard to keep them from falling. I can’t imagine anything like this. So even though the Ma isn’t that smart, as you can tell from what she taught her son, she comes up with a great and very smart plan of getting them out. And it works.

The overwhelming part that I felt was when they did get rescued and they’re out in the world and Jack just doesn’t understand anything. I mean he’s been in such a small Room for so long that his understanding of the real world, of Outside, is hard to take in for him. It breaks your heart. But really, what can you expect from a 5 yr old who has only known one person his whole life. And who just recently learned that Outside is real and not just something he sees on the tv.

It may take some time to get into the book but it’s a good read. It may take a few days to read because of the subject matter but it’s worth the time.

Now time to watch the movie!

4 out of 5 stars!


Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt

Jack, 12, tells the gripping story of Joseph, 14, who joins his family as a foster child. Damaged in prison, Joseph wants nothing more than to find his baby daughter, Jupiter, whom he has never seen. When Joseph has begun to believe he’ll have a future, he is confronted by demons from his past that force a tragic sacrifice.

My Thoughts

The book is told from a POV of 12 yr old Jack. He lives on a farm with his parents who are foster parents. Joseph comes to live with them after leaving prison. He is quiet and has many problems, most notably not liking to be touched due to what happened in prison. He doesn’t talk or smile often at first but eventually he warms up to Jack and his parents.Joseph’s priority is to find where his daughter, Jupiter, is living. He asks for help and he does eventually find her but he’s not allowed to see her, hold her, or have any contact at all- he’s only 16 after all. A baby himself. It is a sad story but, it only gets even more sad.

All is going smoothly, or as smoothly as middle school can go, when Joesph’s abusive, alcoholic father shows up. He wants to take Joseph away but he’s not even supposed to have contact with him. Jack’s parents do their best to keep him away but he does come back. When he comes back all hell breaks lose and Joseph’s dad takes him at gun point. The sad ending, which broke my heart and made me cry, is that they both die.

A year later, Jack’s family adopts Joseph’s daughter, Jupiter. Which makes you happy cry but still breaks your heart all the same.

4 out of 5 stars! I deduct it because it’s just so sad and heartbreaking that I just had to stop reading at times to calm down.

The Martian by Andy Weir

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

My Thoughts

So glad I picked up this book! It’s SO GREAT! I highly recommend it to everyone.

Not only is this book interesting, fast paced, informative about NASA and science, but it’s funny. Mark Watney is such a great character! He keeps the story moving with his humor. When most people would give up and just prepare for death, this man comes up with a genius plan and stays positive about his survival.

It’s crazy to think that someone could be left on Mars. But what’s crazier than that is the thought they could survive! I mean, we know some about the planet but no one’s lived there. Mark Watney did. And you get so invested in his life and survival that at times, when bad things happen to him (like a couple explosions) you hold your breath and think, omg, please no! he HAS to survive!. I mean really you’re that invested in Watney and the story that you just NEED him to live long enough to get home to Earth. What made me love him even more is the way he doesn’t give 2 craps about how he talks to NASA geniuses. I mean seriously, he has been surviving on Mars alone for over a year and they are second guessing him. Seriously, if you read this book, you’ll love him and his story.

5 out of 5 stars! GO get it now!

P.S. Sorry it’s short but I have a newborn now so my reviews may be shorter than normal!