Friday, November 11, 2016


Title: Room

Author: Emma Donoghue

First Published: September 13th 2010

Series: Stand Alone

Genre: Fiction

Available As: Hardcover, paperback, ebook

Pages: 321

My Copy: Physical copy

My Overall Rating: 8.5/10

Goodreads Summary
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.

I absolutely loved this book! It's been on my bookshelf for so long and now I've finally got round to reading it. Most of this motivation came from the fact that I also want to see the movie... ;)

Room is told from Jack - a five year old boy's - point of view, which made the plot a lot more effective. Jack thinks the whole world is limited to Room and everything else is Outer Space or fictional (i.e. only exists on TV). With his capitalisation and lack of use of indefinite/definite articles shows us how young Jack really is and what he is missing. Jack is so innocent and ignorant of the world, especially since his mom (or Ma as Jack calls her) does this to protect him from the reality they are in. The two of them are so codependent on each other that it is probably quite unhealthy. Jack can't be in a different room from Ma and Ma needs Jack to be around. Slowly they start to adapt to being able to function in different areas, which shows how much they are getting used to things in the real world.

Of course, there were some moments where I found Jack extremely annoying and selfish, but who can blame him? He doesn't understand that being in Room is a bad thing and that escape is good. It takes Ma several tries to convince him that escaping and leaving Room behind is a good thing to do. Well, to be fair, he is only 5 years old. Everything must be very overwhelming for him. It isn't really his fault.

I think that by using Jack as the narrator made the book twenty times more powerful and intriguing. He's young and he doesn't really understand what is really going on, which leaves a lot of gaps in the story. Since Jack has spent most of his childhood locked up in a tiny room with only his mom to communicate with, how functional will he be when he grows up? I guess that is up to us to imagine. But judging from the way Jack is beginning to adjust to the real world, I think he is doing quite well. Even though the whole codependency thing makes me think that he will always be a mommy's boy.

I really liked the ending with the closure it gave. *Spoiler alert* With Jack and Ma re-entering Room after escaping and with Jack saying goodbye to everything, it really gives the image that this chapter of their lives is closed forever. They can finally move on! *Spoiler over* This was a really good ending to a really interesting book. Now, I have got to watch the movie! I wonder how they will portray it, especially since a movie would lose Jack's POV. :)

My Chosen Quote
“Scared is what you're feeling. Brave is what you're doing.”


  1. I'm so glad you loved this book! I remember it being one of the first 'adult' books I read when I was at the end of middle school and I loved it so much. I agree with you 100%: making Jack the narrator makes the story so much more impactful (like using Death in The Book Thief!).

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

    1. Yes! I love books with new narrators! Jack, Death, AIDAN... they all make the story unforgettable!

  2. I had the option to read this book for english class, but I chose not to "^^ But I've heard nothing but I've heard things about it, so I'm going to have to pick it up one of these days!

    1. I definitely recommend this book! I hope you do read it sometime in the future - I'm sure you'd enjoy it! :)


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