Review: Room by Emma Donoghue

Title: Room
Author: Emma Donoghue
Obtained: borrowed from library
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Format: hardback
Rating: 3.5/5
Read for: Amazon Best of 2010 Challenge

Blurb (from dust jacket)

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the world. It’s where he was born, it’s where he and his Ma eat and sleep and play and learn. There are endless wonders that let loose Jack’s imagination–the snake under Bed that he constructs out of eggshells, the imaginary world projected through the TV, the coziness of Wardrobe below Ma’s clothes, where she tucks him in safely at night in case Old Nick comes.
Room is home to Jack, but to Ma it’s the prison where she has been held since she was nineteen–for seven years. Through her fierce love for her son, she has created a life for him in that eleven-by-eleven-foot space. But Jack’s curiosity is building alongside her own desperation–and she knows that Room cannot contain either much longer.

My Thoughts

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?


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