Today I’m going to be reviewing the book ”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.
I went into this book knowing little but enough to have a good sense of what this novel would be about. Although a five-year-old’s point of view was refreshing I did find it frustrating at times. I get he has only ever been with his Ma and so doesn’t want to be separated from her but I was getting annoyed like, Jack, let your mother have a little bit of her own time.
It was a brilliantly laid out book and I flew through the first 60 pages however I struggled to read anymore and had to push myself to finish it. It could’ve done with being 100 pages shorter and a lot of what happened could’ve… well, not happened. It was not needed. I’m glad Brie won her Oscar for her performance in such a harrowing genre of a film but I am not going to be going out and seeing it and this book is most likely going to be given to a charity shop.
I gave this book 3/5 Stars.