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.
I read this book, as I’m sure many have this year, because Brie Larsen won an Academy Award for her role in Room. I wanted to read this before I saw the movie. This book is intense. Really intense. It was so intense that it actually took away from me enjoying the book. I found myself really overwhelmed with the book and I barely finished it.
Donoghue writes a wonderful that book that really brings you into its world, and it is believable and terrifying. The writing is wonderful and very honest, if not a little vulgar. I was surprised with some of the word choice she used and that, in my opinion, took away from the overall book.
While some people enjoy being immersed in what they are reading, I found because of the intensity and sensitivity of the book, being immersed in this book was a little too much for me to handle. I don’t think I would recommend this book to everyone, it definitely takes a certain mindset to go into this book and that’s the caveat I would say when I recommend this book. 3/5 stars
Published: 2010, 342 pages.