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With all the hype I expected to at least be able to finish the book even if I didn't enjoy it all that much, but after the first chapter I was so irritated by the child's `voice' I simply couldn't go on. It was hard to follow & felt too simplistic for such a serious subject. I wish I could have liked it because the book was a gift, but I'm glad I didn't spend my own money on it. Could be the story was plucked from the headlines of a real-life drama, but if so it deserved better. Prose? What prose? There is nothing to recommend this book in any way whatsoever. Except maybe the pretty cover.
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on May 29, 2011
Was not an easy book to read, the concept was imaginative but fell short. I was ready to give up reading after a few chapters not just because of the writing; also I just didn't care what happened. This book definitely did not grab my attention, and certainly couldn't hold it. I only pushed through because it was lent to me. Glad I didn't purchase the book. The lender even remarked that it wasn't worth buying because it's not a book you would ever read again.
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on July 16, 2011
After the first few chapters I mostly skimmed through this book.My five year old
Grandson could have given Jack a few lesson on how to express himself. His
garbled talk about their daily life was hard to understand and boring and what
happened to the word "The", room, plant, wardrobe!! The breastfeeding was totally uncalled for and went on and on, "the left side is yummy" Please!! The story idea was a good one but maybe better told by Ma.The escape was so far fetched and what was with the suicide attempt after you had been held hostage for seven years, very strange. The last half of the book really went downhill. Can't understand all the raves for this book.
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on October 28, 2011
I did not enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. Frankly I found myself irritated to the point of angry, while reading it, because of the way the author wrote the character of the boy, Jack. The kid knows what the word 'stave' means, gets the irony of a crayon called 'mauvelous', which is a take on marvelous, knows what 'independant living' is, uses the word breasts frequently, and is such a good speller he can spell and understand such words as f e c e s, but he can't formulate a proper sentence?! He says things like, "why you can't think with me in room", and "what's the tall of door?", I mean c'mon the 5 year old is either bright or he isn't, he can't be both Emma Donoghue!

I also didn't like the the mothers overall rudeness or bitchiness for lack of a better word to the people trying to help her, what's that about? As well as the breastfeeding until the child is 5 and taking baths and showers together with her son. She was kidnapped at 19 off her college campus, I'm sure a 19 year old educated woman knows appropriate and inappropriate behaviour and boundaries!

These are just my opinions of the book, I thought there were many other books more deserving of the W.T. fiction prize. It was kind of interesting to read, but written so irritatingly and annoyingly that I was glad to be finished with the book and have since given it away just to be rid of it. Don't waste your money, read it for free from the library if you must read it.
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on May 13, 2011
I dislike everything about this book: the story, the way it was written; no reason for it to be at the top of anyone's list.
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