BFTA Review: Emma Donoghue – Room


Title: Room
Author: Emma Donoghue
Little, Brown and Company
Rating: 3.5/5
Read for: Amazon Best of 2010 Challenge

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 both liked and disliked this book. I disliked it because I had a hard time relating to a five-year-old’s mentality. Sometimes it was difficult for me to figure out what Jack was talking about when he described something.
But I liked it because, at least for me, it was something new. Despite my difficulty figuring some things out, this was a fast read because it was, simply, interesting. There are probably a bunch of stories out there about survival from kidnappings, hostage situations, and the like, but how many of them are from the perspective of a kid who’s never seen the outside world?

Originally posted 05 March 2011.


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