Room [Book Review]

Title: Room
Author: Emma Donoghue
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
ISBN: 0316098337
Pages: 336
Year: 2010
Publisher: Little, Brown
Source: Borrowed
Rating: 4.5/5

So this review is really late. Which is because Jennifer from Literate Housewife and I read it together and planned on doing a joint review. But then we kind of became slackers and never did it. She posted her review last week (go read it) so I am now posting mine.


It’s Jack’s fifth birthday. He is perfectly happy to celebrate it with Ma in their Room. But Ma has other plans. Jack is finally old enough to help her leave Room. But Jack doesn’t want to leave the only place he’s ever known.

My Thoughts:

Room received A LOT of buzz. So I had pretty high expectations when I finally began reading it. And it lived up to it.

Room is told from the point-of-view of five-year-old Jack and the language is his. Donoghue actually manages to pull this off without dumbing down the book or creating an annoying narrator. Through Jack we are able to discover how Jack and Ma ended up where they are and what Ma’s plan is. We can see how depressed Ma is even if Jack doesn’t understand it.

Room filled me with many emotions: sadness at their life, anger at the person who did this to them, terror when they take action, and hope for their future. It’s a difficult subject, but Room was hard to put down.

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