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I loved it and I found myself caught up with the emotions of the two main characters. It had me thinking about how would I have coped in the same situation. I am not going to give the plot away so I am not going to give a full review here.
As to the story itself, I was fascinated how Ma created a world for Jack in what should have been a nightmare situation. She loved and protected him with equal fierceness. She gave him structure, routine and a nurturing environment. Pretty amazing as she was only 19 herself when first locked away. If the whole book had taken place in that 11 X 11 room, I probably would have gotten impatient, but Donoghue ups the ante by changing the environment for Jack and Ma (I don't want to say too much because it's quite easy to give spoilers on this book.) Their experiences in the second half of the book, and in their new environment, fascinated me, particularly from a medical point of view. There were physical, psychological, and personal happenings that I found myself thinking I never would have thought about anticipating that. (And made me realize that once upon a time, when I still was working, I was sharp enough to think about, but these days of retirement seem to have dulled a portion of my brain.)
The other thing of note is that for almost the entire first part of the book I was placing this book in the UK, because I know that's where the author lives. There were clues it was in the US, but instead of recognizing them, I just thought it odd that whatever it was translated into British custom with equal ease. But I did catch on before Jack and Ma left Room. Jack's language reminds me of the private language we often develop with loved ones combined with that kind of mis-hearing of things -- like thinking the line in God Bless America is "stand beside her, and guide her, through the night with the light from a bulb" or poor Elton singing "She’s got electric boobs, and no hair too…" Our brain struggles to make sense of what it thinks it's seeing or hearing.
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