Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Rooms by Lauren Oliver

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.

Elegantly constructed and brilliantly paced, Rooms is an enticing and imaginative ghost story and a searing family drama that is as haunting as it is resonant.

Publisher: Ecco
Number of Pages: 320
Type: Hardcover
*This is an adult title

Reviewed by Rachel, age 18
This book is definitely something different. A short read, it shows the lives of a broken family through the eyes of ghosts. There is no real "plot" to this book, just an unbecoming of characters and their long-hidden secrets, that eventually lead to their healing and freedom. 

It's a clever book! Definitely has an eerie, creepy vibe, but for those concerned this is a scary "ghost story"--it's not. Very a much a literary work of art, like all of Lauren Oliver's novels. 

I think this book would make for a great book club discussion because of all the characters and their problems. Definitely things to talk about and work through! The ghosts in the house are very symbolic to the theme of the story, which is much about the acceptance of truth--a very important thing to overcome, dead or alive, in order to move on. 

I really enjoyed this read! It didn't knock me out of the park, but I think it's worth picking up. Definitely not something I've read before. Suitable for the older young adults who don't mind some more adult content, as this is an adult title! 

This book hits shelves September of 2014!
Buy Hardcover | $25.99

Happy reading!
Rachel, age 18


  1. Ehhh, I'm not convinced that I would enjoy this book. I've had extremely negative experiences with Oliver's other books. This one sounds kind of meh. Fabulous review though, Rachel!! :)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. It is definitely an "eclectic" taste! I'm not sure you would like this one either, but it's great for the adult who wants a unique literary read. Maybe something for a book club!


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