Room by Emma Donoghue
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.
Room was definitely a good read. It was interesting, unique, and terrifying to think that these things actually happen. The story is told in first person narration from the point of view of a five-year-old boy named Jack. I found it a bit difficult to read at first due to the fact that it was told from a child’s perspective. Well, not difficult per se, just different and caused me to read a bit slower than normal at first. But, like any book with a different writing style, you get used to it and are able to enjoy the story. And in this case, come to appreciate the writing.
Donoghue did a great job with Jack’s voice. He definitely talks and thinks how a little kid would. But she did it in a way that it’s not painful or annoying to read. It’s quite enjoyable.
It’s interesting thinking about all the things Jack wouldn’t be familiar with or know about or understand. He’s never been outside of that room, never experienced normal life. I thought that Donoghue did a good job of realizing all the things Jack wouldn’t get, even the less obvious ones. I found myself forgetting until Jack would be confused by something so simple. I think this story would be very difficult to write for that reason, let alone the narration.
I have many other thoughts on the story, but I don’t want to say any of them due to spoilers. So, I think I’ll just end my review here and you’ll just have to read it yourself!
SIK’s Short ‘n’ Sweet Version (Point-form Style)
– The writing was very well done. It was a big risk on Donoghue’s part but it paid off.
– The characters and the story were also well done.
– Unique and creative. Especially the narration.
I Didn’t Care For:
– Parts of the book seemed to drag a bit. I didn’t always feel the pull to immediately pick up the book. (View Spoiler)(Namely, the second half of the book. Once Jack and his mom were out of Room, I felt like it dragged a bit and didn’t pull me in as much as the first half.)