Book Review: Room by Emma Donoghue



Room by Emma Donoghue


Published: 2010

Format: Paperback

Pages: 402

Genre: Literary Fiction

Five year old Jack lives with his Ma in Room. This is the entire world to Jack, but to Ma it’s the prison where she’s been held since she was kidnapped 7 years ago. But she knows that this is not enough, and decides it is time to tell Jack the truth and to try to escape.

This was a good read. It was an interesting story and there were some very emotional moments and I couldn’t put it down. It didn’t however, pull into to the story as much as I’d hoped. The novel is told from Jack’s point of view and I got very frustrated with him at times. He was naturally behaving like a 5 year old in his situation would, but I do think I would have connected with this story more if it was told from Ma’s point of view.

Overall a good, if not outstanding, read. I am very excited to see the movie adaptation. The screen play was also written by Emma Donoghue, and with Brie Larsson playing Ma it’s bound to be a great watch.

Have you read the book or seen the movie? What did you think?


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