Room by Emma Donoghue

RoomTitle: Room

Author: Emma Donoghue
Publisher:  Little, Brown & Company

Format: eBook
Publication Date: September 13, 2010

Overall: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it’s not enough…not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son’s bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.


This book. Oh this book just made my heart stop at times. It took me quite awhile to get into the book as it was hard to adjust having the story told from a 5 year old’s perspective. However, that also allowed some pretty heavy subject matter to be covered without having to go into graphic detail, because Jack never really got exposed to what was going on.

There was a very surreal feeling throughout the entire book in alot of ways because poor Jack was being exposed to things for the first time almost from the very beginning. I do think that as terrible as I felt for him, alot of the emotion was muted because it was told from a 5 year olds point of view. It makes it sadder but less emotional from a crying standpoint. I have a feeling when I watch the movie that I will be bawling my eyes out because the visual component will make things seem so real.

I felt like this book did a fantastic job tackling the subject matter and handling it with care and consideration. The story didn’t end when they were released from captivity in fact that can be argued that’s when the story started. It was tragic to see how both mother and son struggled. Jack trying to navigate this world that he never realized existed and Ma trying to figure out how she can be ‘Ma’ and herself now that she is back in the world. I would give it 4 out of 5 stars simply because it was hard for me to connect emotionally.

044/5 – An Enjoyable Read, Well Written

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**

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