Jack is born in an 11 foot square shed. He spends his first five years of life there and is led to believe that shed is the entire world. His friends are spoons and eggshells and books. His Ma is only trying to protect him, but in the grand scheme of things, she only makes his life far more confusing.
Let's break it down...
Extremely intelligent in some ways and far behind in others, Jack is a sweet, befuddled, and often scared child that will surely steal your heart. In his small world, the most important things are "having some" (breastfeeding), Phys Ed (exercising), and Dora (picked up on a small TV with bunny ears). His days are so full; he never even realizes they are being held in captivity.
Despite having conceived and birthed Jack under far less-than-perfect circumstances, she loves him so completely. Her only goals are to keep him safe and find a way for them to escape. When Jack starts asking questions (and refusing to believe the answers), she knows she must tell him the truth and begin devising a plan.
The man who is holding them captive, Old Nick is the grocery getter, trash man, and bed creaker to Jack. When things don't go exactly his way, he punishes Ma and Jack in cruel ways, such as cutting the power to the shed. When Ma finds out Old Nick has been laid off, she is terrified of what will happen next and knows they must find a way out.
Writing Style 9/10
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