The New York Times bestselling author of Before I Fall and the Deliriumtrilogy makes her brilliant adult debut with this mesmerizing story in the tradition of The Lovely Bones, Her Fearful Symmetry, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane—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.
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.
This book isn't the type of genre I would typically read but I picked it up because it was Lauren Oliver's newest and I wanted to try it at least. I don't think that I exactly enjoyed this book, but it did have its moments. The main reason that I didn't enjoy it was because the characters weren't very likable. They were interesting and broken but they weren't ones that you want to come back on a rainy day and revisit. At least, they aren't for me. The book itself is written very well and the writing is what is in enjoyable. The basic plot, simplified as much as possible, is that there are two ghosts living in a house, they are the house basically. And when the family of Richard Walker comes to bury his ashes and clear out the house of valuables and such, secrets appear from purposefully hidden memories or secrecy and both the ghosts and Walkers have to face their pasts and choices.
The book is divided into sections, about a dozen or so I'd guess, of the different rooms. The first section was kitchen and the second was living room or dining room I think. In that section the characters were mainly in that area or something big happened there. And that's why it's called rooms I suppose. I thought that it was an interesting writing format. This, along with the descriptions that Lauren Oliver uses throughout the book, were the things I liked best about this book. The writing is good...it's just that the characters and there actions are broken a depressing. There is some debate by readers, some people feel like this is more of a YA book and others think it's an adult book. I thought or had heard this was her adult debut and I would agree with that after reading this book. The content is pretty high for a YA book I think.
My librarian warned me to read this with the lights on, telling me it looked scary. However it wasn't really that scary, there were a few times at the beginning where it got a bit creepy but for the most part it was a very calm ghost story. You are learning the ghosts' stories at the same time that you're learning the Walkers' stories. Although the ghosts' stories are a bit more confused and out of order. The stories, secrets, and everything we've learned all come together at the end of the book. I thought it was a pretty good ending, probably my favorite part of the book because there were some interesting plot twists.
Sara Bennett happens to be a slightly crazy girl. A slightly nerdy girl. A slightly strange girl who likes being that way. A slightly obsessed girl when it comes to things she loves. A girl who cries when reading books. A girl who desperately wants her own personal library. A girl who is a total bookworm. A girl who would rather read than watch reality tv. A girl who wants to be an author someday. A girl who loves her Savior. And a girl who just loves to read.