GGG Book Club: Room


Last Friday I finished Room by Emma Donoghue after just starting it days earlier. It was one of those books that I just couldn’t put down! Since I love to read so much and read quite frequently, I thought it would be fun to share book reviews on the blog! Plus, once I finish a book I love to know what other people thought about it so this can be a forum for discussion too!


Room is the story of a 5-year-old boy, Jack and his mother, “Ma” who are trapped in a small 11×11-foot room. Every night, Ma tucks Jack in just like any other mother would do for her son, except Jack is put to bed in the wardrobe so he will be out of sight when Old Nick comes around. Ma struggles to create a normal existence for her son and raise him as if they were on the outside, but soon realizes that they have to get out.


I’ll admit that I was not expecting to enjoy this book. When my co-workers were reading it and saying how great it was, I thought that it was going to be dark, depressing and a little scary. What I didn’t realize at the time was how reading the book in a child’s perspective was going to change the story that was told. What makes this book shine is how well Donoghue is able to embody Jack’s hopeful voice and make him both naive and insightful. Jack also has some great thoughts that really made me think about my own life and the importance we place on specific things. At times, this makes the book all the more heartbreaking and Donoghue crafts a book that is the perfect mix of sad, sweet and suspenseful. I can’t believe it took me so long to read this book and if you haven’t read it yet, I fully recommend it! And trust me- you won’t be able to put this one down!


-Have you read Room? If so, what did you think about the story being told in Jack’s voice?

-What is your favorite genre of books?


6 thoughts on “GGG Book Club: Room

  1. This sounds interesting….. My first thoughts are very much like your own but you added some insightful thoughts and make it sound like a creative book.
    I went on strike from reading books because I did so much in college and while I’m at work. I was the nerd that read every single page of those $200’ish text books…. Now, I’m coming around to reading for enjoyment again. 🙂 Lighthearted and characters that are relatable are my kind!

  2. Emily I am so upset you never received the sunwarrior , that was sent the week before I left for PA, which was 3 weeks ago, I am so sorry, I sent it out the day I told you I did and it was supposed to be there that following friday, I will call PAKmail which is where I send all my stuff through, it was supposed to come through UPS , I will let you know what is going on today, I am sorry again, and I can not believe that you did not get it, can u send me your address again so I can make sure it was right, thanks Emily!

  3. It’s so refreshing to read a book review! I’m going to love this series! Even though I typically shy away from “scary” literature, you’ve definitely piqued my interest. I’ll be looking for Room the next time I’m at Barnes and Noble. 🙂

    My favorite genre of books is historical fiction. I love stories and characters that transport me to a different time!

    (p.s. my URL just changed, so my posts are probably no longer showing up in Google reader. I’m trying to let people know, because several bloggers have written me about it. The new URL is

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