Author: Emma Donoghue
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Drama
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.
Even though this novel is from the point of view of 5 year old Jack, I actually had a really hard time putting this book down. I finished this book in a day. About halfway through this novel I actually ended up googling about this book due to being so interested in the topic and learned that it was based off of a real story from a few years back.
I actually really enjoyed how much this book portrayed things from a 5 year old’s perspective. Some things, however, sometimes made me think that this is not how an actual 5 year old would be able to talk, or act, but may be that in part has to due with the way Jack was brought up in the Room, so secluded with his mother that he advanced so early. No one to ‘baby talk’ to him or try and teach him things different to conflict with what his Ma was trying to do.
I enjoyed how well Donoghue portrayed some issues with the novel. I’m trying not to give some things away but I really enjoyed how she stayed pretty true to Jack’s character and his age throughout. I also enjoyed how she portrayed the Ma later on in the novel. I had some issues with the latter half of the novel and its portrayals of some things, especially with some of the issues that arise. However, this was all minor.
I give this book 4/5. I actually want to see the film to see how they portrayed the whole scenario.
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