Because I’m an illiterate pineapple, I made 3 mistakes with this book.
1. I thought it was Room (which is really dumb of me…I do not know why I thought this at all).
2. I then thought it was YA (still deluded…why don’t I read the blurbs closer?)
3. And then I thought it was one of those books where everyone in the house gets murdered without knowing who the murderer is. An epic game of Cluedo!
I DON’T KNOW WHAT’S WRONG WITH ME. CAN I EVEN READ?? I DON’T THINK SO.
To be truthful it is none of those things. Not even close.
I sadden myself with my inability to read.
But onwards, shall we?
Once I actually started reading the book ALL became abundantly clear.
This book stars the world’s most dysfunctional family as they clean out their dead father’s house while the resident ghosts watch on.
The Walkers make every other dysfunctional family look magazine perfect. THEY ARE CRAZY PEOPLE. The mother is an alcoholic, the daughter has a sex addiction, the son is suicidal and the niece is an adorable six-year-old (I’m still suspicious of her though) And the ghosts? They keep up bitter snarky or sophisticated running commentaries.
Despite my introduction that started with, “Huh?! WHA??”, I really enjoyed Rooms.
I didn’t think I would since it isn’t YA but BOOYAH it surprised me big time.
But it is narrated by, like, 6 people.
The ghosts narrate in 1st person and the living-ish-people are in 3rd. Everyone has their name at the top of the chapter to avoid confusion. Except, it still kind of is confusing. I liked reading everyone’s reactions to situations but at the same time — less is more when it comes to POVs.
Also, I was a little teeny tiny bit bored.
There was a lot of “telling” backstory. For instance: the ghosts would be watching the family arguing while packing items and digging up horrible secrets (while simultaneously being horrible to each other) and so the ghosts would fill you in on their life story. Love. Marriage. Horrible husbands. Weird living fetishes. Watermelons. Etc. I may or may not have snoozed. It was interesting, but it wasn’t captivating. And I got the two ghosts, Sandra and Alice’s, lives hopelessly confused.
But then it went and had a fabulous ending!
Seriously….I like this book muchly just because of the ending. The foreshadowing was perfect, the plot unravelled nicely and, while I guessed a few of the twists, I still liked how they played out.
I’m a sucker for a GOOD ghost story, and while this took a while to get to the point, it was good.
Dialogue, style, and writing are perfect and I really love Lauren Oliver’s sparse description. Like I said, it surprised me! In a good way!
Thanks Hatchette Australia for the review-copy! Rooms by Lauren Oliver came out in September, 2014.
Compulsive and powerful ghost story narrated by two spirits who inhabit the walls of an old house. It’s a tale of family, ghosts, secrets, and mystery, in which the lives of the living and the dead intersect in shocking, surprising, and moving ways.
Wealthy Richard Walker has just died, leaving behind his country house full of rooms packed with the detritus of a lifetime. His estranged family-bitter ex-wife Caroline, troubled teenage son Trenton, and unforgiving daughter Minna-have arrived for their inheritance.
But the Walkers are not alone. Prim Alice and the cynical Sandra, long dead former residents bound to the house, linger within its claustrophobic walls. Jostling for space, memory, and supremacy, they observe the family, trading barbs and reminiscences about their past lives. Though their voices cannot be heard, Alice and Sandra speak through the house itself-in the hiss of the radiator, a creak in the stairs, the dimming of a light bulb.
The living and dead are each haunted by painful truths that will soon surface with explosive force. When a new ghost appears, and Trenton begins to communicate with her, the spirit and human worlds collide-with cataclysmic results.
Cait is a sucker for a good ghost story, proven by the fact that she’s written one and is actually plotting a second where ghosts get to go back in time and try and stop their deaths. It’s going to rock. Just sayin’. This is her second Lauren Oliver read and she loved Rooms a LOT more than Panic.