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?