Room by Emma Donoghue - A Book Review

23 April 2016

Book Profile

Title// Room

Author// Emma Donoghue

Genre// Adult fiction, Drama, Realistic

Published// 13th September 2010

Source// Bought myself

Edition// Paperback (movie cover)

Rating // 5 Stars

Synopsis// 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.

*Non-Spoiler Section of My Review* 

At first I was quite skeptical going in to this book due to it being an Adult fiction and it being written in the perspective of a 5 year old but I was pleasantly surprised. This book was brilliant, I enjoyed every moment of it. The story was haunting yet so compelling, reading from Jack's perspective was eye-opening and it was really interesting witnessing a 5 year olds thoughts on these adult topics. Emma Donoghue, has managed to really portrait a 5 year old through these pages and some of the characteristics and thoughts Jack has are spot on and I think she's done a brilliant job. Not only was the story brilliant but the imagery through Jack thoughts were great, it really helped imagine Room. His thoughts were also so naive and inquisitive which really reflected his age, yet he was also incredible intelligent for a 5 year old too, showing how Ma spent her time through the years of looking after him. This book is so brilliant I can't express it enough. I'm going to watch the film soon with my boyfriend to see the difference between the both but overall I loved this book.

*Spoiler Section of My Review* 

There were many iconic scenes, especially the scene where Jack and Ma finally escape from Old Nick. It was incredible tense and thrilling, especially reading from Jacks point of view, as he was terrified but he was also incredible brave. When Jack succeeded in escaping from Old Jack, you felt relieved and when Ma and Jack were reunited you felt an overcoming of happiness and relief for them. I loved that Jack was Ma's hero, he saved her in room when he was born and he also saved her escape room. It was really thought provoking to think, also symbolic. 
When jack was out in the open, it was interesting to see his thoughts on the world, watching him transition from Room to the outside. He was constantly questioning things and didn't like the idea of having no routine to follow. Jack then has to get used to being away from Ma, due to her overdosing. Again it was intriguing to watch Jack struggle to get on with day to day things without his Ma, he sucked Ma's old rotten tooth for comfort (almost like a dummy). 
The final scene was really thought provoking as Ma and Jack went back to Room, to settle Jacks thoughts. You witnessed Ma struggle with the idea of going back but it was really interesting to see that Jack thought that his Room was Room anymore, pushing him to say his final goodbyes and to push him to embrace him new life in the outside. 
Overall I really enjoyed 'Room' it was so riveting, compelling and thought provoking that I could hardly put it down. Brilliant piece of art, within a book. Have you read 'Room'?? 
Love you all, 
  Tabitha x