Book: Room by Emma Donoghue Tea: Kenilworth black tea Awesome Book Club: Carp Eyes Coming This book is a high speed train for most of its 352 pages. Oddly enough for its quick story it makes the reader stop and think and feel for its characters. I think part of the instant allure of this book is the sweet simplicity of Jack, a 5 year old boy who tells the story. The story of Room is the story of Jack and his mother, living in one room; a tiny space with no doors or windows. Jack grows up believing that there is only this space, everything else is not real. He watches TV but believes it only to be a made up world. It is quite a ways into the book before it is revealed to the reader why Jack and his mother are seemingly trapped in this space. I could tell you why but then you would not need to read the book…where is the fun in that? One of the best parts of the book is the many pastimes Jack and his mother have. They spend time doing physical activity in their tiny space, playing creative games, and reusing everything they have. They save egg shells and make a snake out of them and cereal boxes to make play structures. These activities are all Jack has ever known. The climax of the story is rapid and intense. My heart was beating fast as I read about the great event, a rolled up carpet, a truck, and a stranger. Possibly my heart was racing in part due to the amount of Kenilworth black tea I drank. This tea is a favorite of mine anyway, but I did not pick this tea for taste, at least not this time. Room is a page turner and I could not put it down. I read it in one night, one caffeine filled night. I chose Kenilworth for its strong taste, caffeine and re-steeping capability. Pick up this book and a strong tea like Kenilworth and clear your calendar for 24 hours because you won't be able to put either one down! Once you start you will not be able to put down your book or the cup.