Book Review: Room


Author: Emma Donoghue


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.’

I initially went into this book thinking oh-boy! He’s gonna talk in this horrible English for the entire book! :O But as I went along I got reeled into the story, or maybe I got used to the horrible English, I don’t know. Okay the narrator is five, so I guess a level of tediousness is allowed? That aside, the story is great! I read this in a sitting because I had to know if Jack and Ma were going to be okay. One of my favorite lines from this book, ‘ When I was a little kid I thought like a little kid, but now I’m five I know everything.‘Cute! 😀 I didn’t understand why his communication was a little weird though, because his mum spoke normally to him and he watched TV and they read books so. . . .that was a bit confusing. But the story is beautiful and heartbreaking and its one of the best books I’ve read this year. I highly recommend it!

Rating: ♥♥♥♥


3 thoughts on “Book Review: Room

  1. I never know how to feel about this book! The kid lang is strange but somehow works as you get into the book. On reflection I think it was quite brave of the author to use that device. Bronte

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