Book Club for Winos — Room

It’s been a while since I’ve posted about a book. Now that the holidays are over and we’ve all had more time to relax in general, we had nearly 100% of the club actually read a book again. And we even talked about it!

Room by Emma Donoghue is unlike any book I’ve read before. It is written through the eyes of a 5-year-old boy who has lived his entire life in a room with his mom. They’re kept there by a creepy old man who brings them food and an occasional “Sunday Treat.” It’s pretty amazing to experience how the mom has worked to give her son the most normal life possible with little more than a tv, a few books  and a skylight.

Unfortunately, the book climaxes pretty early. The first half is great, and you absolutely can’t put it down. But once something big happens, it starts to slow down. I still enjoyed the second half, and the psychological learnings in it, but it does lose the thrill that made it a real page-turner in the first half.

It’s a book you’ll want to talk about with your friends. In fact, it might break the record for the longest our club has ever talked about one book.

I say, “definitely read it, just be ready for a change of pace in the second half.” Book club says, “Starts off feeling like the greatest book ever…overall it’s still worth reading.”

Up next...Water for Elephants.

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