Personal Book Review of Room by Emma Donoghue


I couldn’t put this book down from the moment I first started reading it.  It should come with a warning – ‘do not start reading this book if you have anything important to do in the next 12 hours.’

The story of Jack and Ma confined in a reinforced shed is so emotive and poignant.  It is told through Jack’s voice but Ma’s viewpoint is equally understandable.

It is written in a wonderful accessible style with the sentence structure true to that of a 5-year old.  A unique novel, written from a unique stance.  The escape is written well and it is all described in such a way that you can see it through Jack’s eyes and truly empathise.

Jack and Ma’s rehabilitation into the ‘real world’ is cleverly written with differing people’s opinions, observations and reactions explored.  An utterly believable plot that would terrify you if you didn’t know it was a novel.

I would love to read a sequel to follow-up on Jack and Ma’s continued rehabilitation into society, following Jack as he starts school and Ma as she finds some independence from Jack.  I would also love to see how their relationship develops and changes as Jack becomes less dependent on his mum.

It is one of a very few books where I could really fool myself into believing that it is a true story and that the characters are actually real people, I have fallen in love with little Jack.

Personal Read 5/5

Group Read 5/5

~ by adelesymonds on April 28, 2012.

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