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Room

by Emma Donoghue

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd | August 30, 2010 | Hardcover

Room is rated 4.0701 out of 5 by 157.

WINNER! 2010 Rogers Writers'' Trust Award for Fiction

SHORTLISTED for the 2010 Man Booker Prize

SHORTLISTED for the 2010 Governor General''s Award

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It''s where he was born and where he and his Ma eat and play and learn. At night, Ma puts him safely to sleep in the wardrobe, in caseOld Nick comes.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it''s the prison where Old Nick has kept her for seven years, since she was nineteen. Through ingenuity and determination, Ma has created a life for herself and her son, but she knows it''s not enough for either ofthem. Jack''s curiosity is building alongside Ma''s desperation -- and Room can''t contain either of them for much longer...

Told entirely in the inventive, often funny voice of Jack, Room is a celebration of the resilient bond between parent and child, and a brilliantly executed novel about a journey from one world to another.

Learn more about Room at www.roomthebook.com.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 pages, 9.38 × 6.5 × 1.15 in

Published: August 30, 2010

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1554688310

ISBN - 13: 9781554688319

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hard to Put Down This is a book that is very disturbing and very inspiring. How do you make life normal for a child in a very abnormal situation? I loved it and recommend it highly.
Date published: 2014-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing and Thought-Provoking This book is written from the perspective of an innocent 5-year-old. Without giving anything away, it was extremely insightful concerning the thought-process of such a young person given the extraordinary circumstances he faces.
Date published: 2014-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gripping. Startling. Compelling. It took a bit of time for me to adjust to the way it was written (told by 5 yr old). I was really drawn into their plight and felt so much empathy for the characters.  The story is so sad but i admired the mom's strength and fortitude.
Date published: 2014-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome read I thought that this was an amazing book that had a really important message behind the story. Many people did not like the fact that the story was written in the child's perspective, however, that was what made this book so unique. I have never heard of a book with a story even remotely similar to this one, and it was definitely on the top of my list.
Date published: 2013-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Important Topic I really loved the plot of the book. It's about a 19 year old girl who was kidnapped, and had spent seven years of her life in an 11 by 11 foot space. She has a stillbirth, and later on a baby. Obviously she's been trying to escape for years, but the baby reinforced her hope of getting the hell out of there. She just knew that her child couldn't spend the rest of his days in there. However, this book is told from a 5 year old's perspective, Jack. He obviously doesn't talk or think like adults, so his sentences can be really confusing at times. When he was talking about breastfeeding, he would always just say "have some", so for the first quarter of the book, I was just completely confused.. have WHAT ? I felt really bad for Jack because he had spent his first five years imprisoned in this room, but he thought of it as a home. He had no idea that there was a whole world outside of that room, he didn't know that some of the things on TV were actually real. Until Ma told him, and even when she did, he struggled so hard with the idea that Room wasn't the world. Overall, I loved this book a lot and recommend it to others who enjoy fiction. It shows the strong relationship that Jack and Ma had developed in those five years, and their strong love that refuses to let them be separated. Room was suspenseful and thrilling, making up for a really great read. Things like this really do happen in the real world, but I imagine some are even worse.
Date published: 2012-10-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from astounding "Today I am five. I was four last night going to sleep in Wardrobe, but when I woke up in Bed in the dark I am changed to five abracadabra. Before that I was three, then two, then one, then zero. “Was I minus numbers?”" Jack is the narrator of Emma Donoghue’s stunning novel, Room. (Yes, I am late to the bandwagon; everyone and their dog was talking about this book when it first came out. But you all know I buy more books than it will ever be possible for me to read, right?) From the book’s opening scene until I closed the novel a few hours later I was totally mesmerized by Jack and his Ma and the eleven by eleven world they lived in, their ‘Room.’ Jack and Ma live in this Room because of Old Nick, a predator who kidnapped Ma when she was 19 and has held her captive for seven years. Room is a prison, but it’s also the only home Jack has ever known. He doesn’t understand Outside, but he’s curious and Ma knows that time is running out. They must find a way to escape. Jack is a mesmerizing character and although it was risky to allow the story be told entirely through him, it’s a risk that pays off. His worldview is so naive. He has no real concept of time (his sixth birthday will happen next week, his birthday cake takes hours and hours to make) and he believes that the people in TV “are made just of colors.” His world is structured: sleep, eat, exercise, watch TV, read. His only playmate is his mother, but even through his innocent eyes he can see that Ma is struggling. Sometimes she spends entire days “Gone.” Sometimes she displays emotions Jack is unable to understand. "What wakes me up is a noise over and over. Ma’s not in bed. There’s a bit of light, the air’s still icy. I look over the edge, she’s in the middle of Floor going thump thump thump with her hand. “What did Floor do?” Ma stops, she puffs out a long breath. “I need to hit something,” she says, but I don’t want to break anything.” “Why not?” “Actually, I’d love to break something. I’d love to break everything.” “I don’t like her like this. “What’s for breakfast?”" Room is a remarkable achievement. It reads like a thriller; I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. But it is also a beautiful testament to the power of love. What wouldn’t Ma do for Jack? Even more amazing, is what Jack is willing and able to do for Ma. I’ll be thinking about this book for a long time. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2012-09-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eight Bookcases Check out my review of Donoghue's work on my blog at: http://8bookcases.blogspot.ca/2012/08/room-by-emma-donoghue.html
Date published: 2012-08-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hard Read This is a good book, but I found it hard to keep myself interested in the book. I found it sometimes very repetitive and boring. Wish it had been written a bit better and not based totally on a 5 year olds aspect of his world. I would like to have had his mother's take on the situation how she coped for seven years of being held captive and what she did to keep her spriits up during that time..
Date published: 2012-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Enjoyed! I really enjoyed this book! Though the premise is slightly disturbing, what got me was the great writing. The author really captured the view/voice of a child and a hope in the mother. It was a great read and I recommend it to all my friends.
Date published: 2012-07-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An interesting book I enjoyed this book but only to a certain extent. It was a bit hard to read at first because it is written from the perspective of a 5 year old boy who has never really learned how to speak properly. However, the plot was really great at the beginning and it kept me hooked. As the book went on, it just seemed to drag a bit and sometimes the boy made me really annoyed... Overall, I would say it is definitely an original book because I have never come across anything like this before.
Date published: 2012-07-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost a perfect book..... The Room was a book that, at first, I became instantly addicted to. I simply could not put the book down as I was amazed with the story of a kidnapped victim, living in a small room and raising a small child, who was an unfortunate product of the kidnapping and subsequent rapes. After two-thirds of the book (I don’t want to give away how the story unfolds), it still remained interesting, but not as engrossing. The story is written from the perspective of the 5 year old, is interesting but gets a bit old and annoying near the end. The book overall is entertaining and very intriguing at times. Other than the final third of the book, a well crafted novel.
Date published: 2012-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Love Love! Could not put this book down. Read it in a matter of hours, it was emotional but at the same time your feelings are confused. I love how this story was told through the eyes of a little boy, it makes the book more compelling. All I can say is that I loved this book and cannot wait to read another book by this author.
Date published: 2012-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really well written and absorbing The subject matter was iffy for me and I hesitated to start reading it. But I found it really absorbing - it wasn't too hard to read, the writer didn't dwell on the difficult part of the story more than necessary and it was really interested reading it from the boy's point of view. Sad, at times, but worth it in the end. Very original.
Date published: 2012-05-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Setting Free and Letting Go Jack is a 5 years old boy who lives in a special world. A world made up by his mother, a 12 foot square world all controlled by his mother's aggressor who keeps them in captivity, who has stolen irrevocably a part of their youth. Jack lives an existence full of rules and limits where every day repeats itself. When his beloved mother decides it's time for him to learn the truth, Jack realizes how everything is different and how "outside" is big, a whole new world without boundaries. His escape will provoke a sequence of events that will definitely change his world view. According to me, his adaptation to reality is the center of the novel. This novel is inspired by a real life experience. I recommend it to everyone who has interests in psychological functioning and in children's development.
Date published: 2012-04-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from For Those Who Forgot About Love Room is a great novel. It's the story of a young woman that was kidnapped when she was nineteen and taken into a room where almost every day she is raped by by the same man, father of her child Jack. It's very interesting to read the book because their story is told by Jack, a five years old child. It's very touching to see all the innocence of childhood being broke all of a sudden when Jack realizes something is not right and there is actually an Outsidde world, a place where they belong. Room is a novel about the love between a mother and her son, the love that can save their life, the love that will go against everything that can stop their happiness. This is a novel I recommend to everyone.
Date published: 2012-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Breathtaking story I really liked the book because it`s original. The beginning of the book is quite boring because there isn`t a lot of action but the further you advance in the book, the more interesting it is. You really get to feel the connection between two amazing characters, Jack and Ma. I think Emma Donoghue did a great job with this book. She allowed the reader to get in touch easily with the characters. This novel is inspired by a true story and I would recommend this book to parents and to adults.
Date published: 2012-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Room Room is a novel about love between a mother and her child. They are both held captive in Old Nick's house. This man kidnapped Ma when she was 19 years old. She lived in the room with her son, Jack, for 5 years. Jack dosen't have a real notion of the world because all he thinks that exist is in the room. He struggles to understand that what he sees on television is real. Finally, Ma and Jack manage a plan to room break and they make it to execution. Subsequently, they live with psychological problems. That bok is really good and you can find drama and a little bit of thriller. That why I recommend this novel to everyone older than 12 years old.
Date published: 2012-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Shoking and Touching By its title, the book gives no idea about the story, the summary neigther, but as we start reading it, it already seems to be an unusual story. In fact, it's all about the life of a five years old boy who never went outside of a little room where he lives with his mother. The reason why he doesn't get out is not clear at the beggining, but as we read, we learn that he was born in that room and that his ''father'' is in fact a man who kidnapped his mothsr many years before. The book will show the extraordinary story of this young boy, while he slowly learns about the thruth and tries to escape from his captivity with his mother. I will recommend this book to anyone who's looking for something new, shoking and touching.
Date published: 2012-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book ! I really enjoyed this book. It is the story of a mother that has been kidnapped when she was 19 and put in a small room. She had a baby while captivated that is named Jack.. Throughout all the book, the mother raises her son in the room, without going outside. From beginning to end, you are wondering what is going to happen and it creates a good suspense. I recommend this book to people who like good family union stories.
Date published: 2012-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Truly Revealing The beginning of the novel isn't really an interesting part of the story. It's mostly the presentation of the two main characters, which are Jack and his mom. It shows their daily routine in their room, and I must admit that it gets very repetitive. The best part of this novel begins when Jack's mother tells him her story about how she got kidnapped by Old Nick. She also explains to him that there's an outside world when you go out of the room. The issue is that Jack was born in this room and he doesn't understand how the outside world can exist. After their escape from this closed space, Jack will gradually learn about this whole new world around him. He gets confronted to the whole concept of socialization very quickly. This novel gives us a chance to go through this totally different point of view that people rarely experience. It is difficult to understand the world when you've never seen it, and this whole story explains this to us beautifully.
Date published: 2012-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Innocence of a Child This slow pace story is about the inspiring essence of human survival. As Jack turns five, his mother (Ma), tries to explain life to the young man. The problem is that Ma was kidnaped when she was a teenager and has been abused by Old Nick, so she and her child are confined in only one room. Over the days, Ma tries to explain to Jack that life is not limited to those four walls and that what he sees on television is real, but that's its outside of the Room. One day, as Ma gets fed up, she plans an escape, that would work, with Jack playing the principal role. After the escape, the author makes an incredible job making us see our world; with the truth of a children's eyes. Even if there's not a lot of action, the whole psychological aspect is the interesting part about the novel, which I would definitly recomend that novel to adults who are tired of thrillers.
Date published: 2012-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Strong Novel This book is about the relationship of a mother and her five years old son living alone in a room. The mother is trap in this place for several year and she gaved birth to her child in this tiny room so the boy grew in there, he doesn't know anything about outisde. They are under the influence of a men who kidnapped the mother when she was a teenager. It's interesting to know that this book is narrated by the little boy so we see everything trought the eyes of an innocent children. This is a strong strory of love between a mother and her son and how they manage to survive without their liberty. It's also a great story where hope is a main theme. I stongly recommend this book for its originality. It's really a novel for everybody.
Date published: 2012-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice and Intense Room is a very nice love story. Very touching and interesting. It's the story of a mother that lives in a small room with her little boy. They are stuck in it because the mama was captured when she was very young. So this book is all about how they are going to escape and the effort that this mom must do to be sure that her little boy is healthy and happy. We see the story trough the little boy eyes so it is captivating and cute at the same time. I would recommend this story to anyone who has a heart and want to be part of a incredible love story. You guys must remember that it is inspired of a true story ...it gives this book an uncomen sense. Enjoy
Date published: 2012-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting At the beginning, this book seems very boring, but the more you progresss in the book, you get closer to the characters. Jack is lovely and Ma is very a deep character. You will learn to love her. After the first chapter, you will get very excited to read the novel. The end of the novel is something like you have never seen before. Emma Donoghue accomplish something very interesting by using Jack as the narrator. this bring something different to the other novel. This allows the reader to get in touch with the character very easily. On the downside, this book is very hard to read, especially if you have children.
Date published: 2012-04-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from slow start The first part of «Room» isn't like the other parts. It is introducing you to the life of Jack in every single details. You learn how his mother educated him by teaching him the most things possible without letting him understand how bad and unreal their lifes are. Because Jack tells the story, it is captivating: you always see things through the eyes of Jack before you make your own opinion about it. On the bad side, it makes the first part of the novel very long and sometimes a bit boring. If, like me, you prefer to read a novel that there are things going on, don't worry, the second part is better.
Date published: 2012-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Suprising And A Bit Creepy This novel is narrated by a young boy. The story consists of the daily stuggles that this young boy named Jack lives every day. The story takes place in a room, in wich he lives with his mother 24/7. He has never seen the outside world, his mother gave birth in this "room" and he has been kept captive since. Troughout the novel, he will try to escape to see the real world. Reading this novel was a first for me, because I had never read a book which was fully told and explained by a young boy. I found it more captivating to see the story throught the naive eye of a kid.
Date published: 2012-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Room Summary and Recommendation This astonishing story stares Jack, a young little boy, and Ma, a twenty-six old woman who both live in an eleven foot square room. They are locked in by a maniac who raped and kidnapped Ma while she was going to school. During all those years of sexual abuse and psychological sufferance, Ma gave birth to Jack who grew up in a small environment without knowing anything about the outside reality, above the TV shows he often watches. Shortly after their great escape, Jack discovers the real world in a myriad of new experiences he shares in the second part of the book. In my opinion, this book takes too long to take off from the introduction part. The plot starts when they try to escape, which occurs in the third chapter of the book, a little bit too far away from the beginning I believe. Mixing the psychological and emotional genre, this novel isn’t aimed at action and suspense readers. Furthermore, the climax is predictable and explained too quickly, which doesn’t allow the reader to feel Jack emotions with precision. For the sociology and psychology lovers, the second part reveals Jack personality by taking in account his past. I recommend this book to all those who want to feel and understand how living enclosed affects the social reflects of a human being.
Date published: 2012-04-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great For Mothers (I guess?) The main force of Emma Donoghue's book is certainly the original and unexpected plot. Relating the story of a young woman, Ma, being held in captivity by her rapist in a room is already very disturbing, but knowing that she has to raise her (and the kidnapper's) son- to whom she give birth to in that tiny room-is bringing this story to a whole new level. Of course, this book is certainly a book about strenght, love and hope, themes that usually anyone can relate to. But this story being centered a lot about mother/child relationships, I am not sure young adults would all enjoy it. Even though we all experience maternal love, I tought this book was specifically written with a mother's perspective in mind (even tough it is narrated by 5 years old Jack, Ma's son) making it harder for people my age to fully commit emotionally to it.
Date published: 2012-04-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An Interesting Story to Read Room is the story of a little boy called Jack, who lives with his mother. They only live in a tiny little place together, and they can't get out of it. They spend all day long together. They eat, read, learn, play and sleep in this place. Every Sunday, Old Nick enters Room to give them food or other things they need. Sometimes he spends the night out there too. As the story goes on, we learn that Jack and his mother are trying to escape Room. We can read about all the adventures Jack experienced and the way he thinks. What I find interesting in this story is the fact that we can learn a lot about the psychology of little children. Also, the way this story is written is not like other books we usually read.This is why I really recomend you to read it.
Date published: 2012-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Interesting! Room is a story about a five-year-old child, called Jack, who's living in a Room with his mother Ma. They spend every day in this 11-by-11 foot Room playing, eating, reading books, watching TV and more. To Jack, his world is only limited to this Room since he never had the occasion to get out of it. To Ma, this Room is a prison and she's been stuck in there for many years. The fact that this novel is written from a child perspective makes it a lot more interesting. In the beggining, it seems to be very long, detailed and it was a little difficult to understand where the story was leading to. However, after reading the first chapter, the story begins to make a lot of sense and there's a lot of actions happening and also a lot of surprises. It is very interesting to know how the first years of childhood can have a lot of impact on the psychology of a child. This novel is unique and very well written. I highly recommend it to you!
Date published: 2012-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Room: well written book. I read the book "Room" by Emma Donoghue, and i found it very interesting and different from any other book. Personally, i consider this story very intriguing. It talks about a mother who was kidnapped and was locked in a room where she had a baby. The interesting part is how they got through each day in a room which they are unable to leave. In general, the book contains sad and funny moments. The plot is interesting and the story is very easy to read and to follow. Anyone above 16 who’s looking for a different, humorous and psychologic related story will love the book "Room". The author did a great job in trying to captivate the interest and the attention of the reader throughout the whole story.
Date published: 2012-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Absolutely Amazing ! The novel Room, is a story that takes place in a mysterious room where you can easily understand that Jack and his mother are not there because that’s what they want. In fact, Jack, a 5-year-old boy shut up in Old Nick's shed with his mother. It is clear that she has been kidnapped and that she’s been fighting all her life to be free again. This novel is is based on three principal themes such as hope, love and resilience. Jack is a naive little boy that does not understand correctly the concept the ''outer world''. I had to read this novel for my English class and I loved it a lot. I feel in love with Jack and the way he thinks.
Date published: 2012-04-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Bad... Room is the story seen through the eyes of Jack, a five years-old boy who is the result of a kidnapper who raped a young woman. He lives inside a tiny room that belongs to the rapist with his mother and has never gone in the real world. The story is entertaining, but it could have been more. Even if it is based on a real story, it is fictionalized. This should have let the author make up a more exciting ending than the one written.
Date published: 2012-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Inspiring Novel. Jack is 5 years old. Since he was born, he lived with his mom in a small room. To him, Room is life, but to Ma, Room is prison.Old Nick has held Ma captive for seven years. When she gave birth to Jack, she decided that she would create a great life for her son. She does everything that she can to make her little baby happy. When I read this novel, I was deeply affected.The courage shown by Ma inspired me.This made me realize that life is short so it is important to cherish every moment. I recommend this novel to everyone.
Date published: 2012-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from ''Remarkable Novel'' The book Room is the story of the world of Ma and Jack living in a small room from which they can't get out.I found the novel very touching and interesting. I like how the autor made the little boy writes the book, it makes it feel more real for the reader. The more you read, the more you learn about the beautiful story of a mother who loves unconditionnally her son. It's great to see such an intense relationship in a book. The only thing that I didn't like was that some parts were too long. If Emma Donoghue decides to write a sequel I would definitely read it to learn more about what happens to the mother and her son because you really get attached to them.
Date published: 2012-04-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A Forgettable Reading Room is a book about the story of a young five year-old called Jack who lives with his mom all day long in a small confined space. The story is seen trough the eyes of Jack and altough it seems like an origninal idea at first, it leaves a bitter taste for the reader. By bitter taste, I mean that we feel like if we were watching a Disney movie, except that the characters are not cartoons. Plus, we find events that are beyond realistic and the plot is too much slow-paced because of course, we are reading what a child thinks. The ending is also a lot too much predictable and the certain twists don't really impress the reader. All in all, it's just too bad that this novel wasn't serious enough because the subject that it focuses on (abduction) is a very interesting one. With all due respect to Mrs. Donaghue, Room is not a recommendable book.
Date published: 2012-04-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Room Room is a novel narrated with the language level of young boy named Jack, who lives with his mom in a locked room. He will try to escape this unhygienic and dreadful prison to save his mom and discover the outside world. He will be confronted for the first time with strangers and with the help of his mom will overcome the fears and enjoy. Personally, I though the narration by Jack himself is a good idea, but it drags the story and sometimes frustrated me. It is also interesting to see how the things seen by the adults surrounding Jack, as normal can as they can be, can be extraordinary for him. I recommend this novel to those who like to understand how children interact and discover the outside world.
Date published: 2012-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Confined to an Eleven-Foot World *SPOILER ALERT I have recently read the book "Room" by Emma Donoghue. It's the compelling story of Jack and his mother who are imprisoned inside a garden shed in their kidnapper's backyard. The latter, referred to as Old Nick, treats his captives like animals. They have minimal hygienic conditions and Ma's teeth are rotten. All they eat basically comes from canned food and their living space is reduced to an eleven foot by eleven foot area. Jack believes that only the objects that exist in Room are real and that everything he sees on TV is simulated. But how did they get there? What kind of education is Jack getting? Who could possibly live such a life? Even though most individuals would definitely feel overwhelmed by this situation, Ma isn't. She is planning a great escape, some kind of mutiny which will get them out of this unorthodox prison. I believe most teenagers should read this book, since it is an enlightening experience to follow Jack and Ma's path. We hear a lot about kidnapping stories in the media, but rarely do we get intimate with the people involved in those stories. Emma Donoghue makes every reader feel Ma’s pain from the fact her son will never see what’s outside and will always stay in this imaginary world that is Room. From my point of view, the author could’ve detailed even more what happened to Jack and Ma once they got out of Room. The story is thoroughly explained for the first month of their escape, but I would’ve preferred to see the impact of this escape on their social behaviour a few years after. Nevertheless, it is very interesting to examine the reactions both those individuals have once they go to the outside world. It is also fascinating how the medical staff tries to bond with them and develop a normal relationship with them, even though their lives have been far from normal.
Date published: 2012-04-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Had to Read It for School! Room is a book that tells a story about a young girl who got kidnaped by an older man. At the beginning, she’s in the room with her son and they are entertaining themselves. At one point of the story, the mother wants to escape but her son doesn’t understand why she would do that. We know that her son never had a life outside the room and that scares him. They will make a plan to escape but will their plan work? I liked the book even though the beginning is a little bit boring because there is not a lot of action. I will recommend the book for teenagers to young mothers because you get attached to the characters. I hope you will like it!
Date published: 2012-04-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great but Long *Spoiler alert Room is a great novel. It's the story of a young woman who was kidnapped. She was raped many times and she had a baby named Jack. Jack is now five years old and they are trying to escape. They succed in escaping. For Jack, real life is weird and scary but for Ma, the mother, it's like before. It was not a bad novel, but it was long at the begining. There was no action. I did not like the end, it's a happy end but I would likes to know more about their future. I loved the love between the mother and the kid, they were perfect together. It's a book to read if you like love between mother and child. It's a book of bravery and perseverence.
Date published: 2012-04-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Touching, Getting into Boring Room, is the story of ''Ma'', a 26 years old women that has been captive in an eleven by eleven foot room for the past 7 years during which she gave birth to Jack, her beloved son that just turned 5 when the book starts. The story is about these two charachters that try to escape from Old Nick, the man that kidnapped ''Ma'' and their struggling to do so. The story is very good and touching, but like the title says, I believe a few parts could've been shortened to keep the reader's attention especially towards the end where the last 100 pages turn around the same subject and the first 100 pages that tell us about their situation. These 2 parts could have both been shortened by half in my opinion and the book would have been great.
Date published: 2012-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Room: The Perfect Demonstration of Love! This book was very touching and captivating. The story of Ma and her son Jack beeing trapped for so long in a shed is the perfect demonstration of perfect love between a mom and her son.And this demonstration continues while they escape from the place they were captives. However, I think that it was a long start before the action begin. But chapter two is really fascinating. While I was reading it, it was very difficult for me to take my eyes off this book. However the last part of the book was,I think, unecessary even though it was nice to see their rehabilitation in the society. Maybe it would have been better with more action in the last part. But still, this book was amazingly written and I recommend it to everyone!
Date published: 2012-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Novel Room is a really touching story that's all about love, courage and hope. It is about a Mother, Ma, and her son, Jack, that are kept captured in a room. Trough these pages, you can see how a mother's love can be strong. Even if it takes time before the "story" begins, I became soon addicted to the book so I couldn't stop reading it. I loved the two characters so much that at a certain point I even cried because I wanted them to escape. In brief, I recommend this novel to everyone who loves suspense and love story.
Date published: 2012-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Behind the Fiction Room is the story of an amazing young mother who’s kept captive in an eleven-by-eleven foot room with her smart, endearing and sensitive little boy (also is he the book’s narrator). Unfortunately, the little boy’s curiosity increases every day and Room is rapidly too small for both of them. Though the story is close to reality in the way that it has been inspired by real events, it is far from the tragic (almost impossible to read) true-life story or, on the contrary, from the unemotional documentary type. Indeed, the narrator’s naivety gives a new and creative sense to this book. According to me, Room is a creative, powerful and meaningful fiction. Moreover, as a result of the author’s intention to keep “the kidnapper out of the spotlight”, Room is an inspiring love story for everyone and for every generation.
Date published: 2012-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One Of Those Powerful Books! "Room" tells the tragic story of a kidnapped woman raising up her child, Jack, alone in a small apartment. Since they are kept prisoners by their abductor, Old Nick, for many years, this room becomes the little boy’s whole universe. In fact, he thinks that his mom, Ma, himself and Old Nick, who comes every Sunday to bring their "Sunday Treat", are the only human beings and that those on television belong to another world. As time goes by, Ma starts sharing her past with her son, from the deterioration of their conditions, combined with Jack’s curiosity. Together, they end up building a plan to escape from "Room", strategy that becomes their entrance to another life… This book, written from a five-year-old point of view, is very poignant and hopeful. It shows the power resulting from the strong love between a mother and a son, who choose to fight for more than their lives, but also for the chance to reach their dream to live as a free family. I recommend it to those who like dramas, filled with suspense!
Date published: 2012-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprisingly Touching! Room is the unexpected story of a mother and her child who are isolated from the rest of the world. The descriptions of the characters are well-developed which give us the opportunity to really understand them. The themes, such as love, friendship and hope, are the main elements that make the story of Ma and Jack realistic. The fact that the narrator is a five-year-old kid made me realise how much a kid is vulnerable and it gave me a completely different vision of the story through Jack’s thought. I recommend Room to everyone because it’s impossible to stay indifferent to the poignant story of mother who raised her child like Ma did.
Date published: 2012-04-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Book Room is the story of a young five-year-old boy named Jack who has spent the five first years of his life living solely with his mother (Ma) in a small room. Indeed, his mother has been kidnaped by a man known as Old Nick who comes in the room from times to time. However, Jack's mother has never let Jack and Old Nick meet eachother. At first, the plot's developpement is very slow paced, since we follow Jack and Ma's everyday life which is obviously very dull and repetitive. Fortunately, this book can entertain us with Jack's original way of understanding the world (room) that surround's him. Also, he has a particular and creative way to speak and communicate. Jack is very well developped; we can easily follow and understand his psychological state. Indeed, his thoughts are well expressed and detailed helping the reader to submerge himself in Jack's life. Ma is also very well developped and interesting to follow. However, the other characters lack a bit of devleoppement, which can be understood since the story is seen through Jack's eyes who has communication difficulties. In sum, to appreciate and enjoy this book, the reader must be able to put himself in a child's shoes.
Date published: 2012-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Moving and Brilliant Room is the story of a 5-year-old boy named Jack, who is shut up in Old Nick's shed with his mother. She was kidnapped by this mysterious man a few years before. This novel is definitely a story about hope, resilience and grief. Jack naive reflections on his situation depict in an unfamiliar, but interesting way the human condition, notably the concept of privacy in the ''outer world''. I read this novel in my English class and I really appreciated to dive into this fast-paced story. I strongly recommend it.
Date published: 2012-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow Start, but Great Finish At first, I did not like that book too much. The start is long and there is no action at all. But while reading, I have started to get into the story. The young mother and her 5 years old child pass through a lot of emotions and it is very touching. Even do they are hold in a room, the mom tries as hard as possible to make her son's life normal. I won't tell you too much about the story and I recommend you read it soon.
Date published: 2012-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Touching Story *** SPOILER ALERT Room was different from the other novels I have read until now because of the fact that the story of Ma and Jack is told from a child's perspective (Jack's perspective). Thus, a horrible life experience is described with an innocent point of vue. This brings less horror and enkindles less pity from the readers. I absolutely loved this characteristic of the novel. I also loved the end of the novel: the room in which Jack grew doesn't have the same effect as it did before. So, there is still hope for both Ma and Jack. Indeed, it seemed to me that this could allow them to live a normal life in society. Finally, the fact that Ma sacrificed her life for her son is absolutely touching (she prentended, during five years, to enjoy living in room when she hated it). I recommend it to everyone!
Date published: 2012-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Novel Room is a really touching story. I don't really like to read but this novel is one of my favorite. When I first started to read it, I wasn't sure if I like it but when i continued to read it, I became adddicted to it. It is the story of a little boy who lives in room with his mother. What he doesn't know about is it his mother was kidnapped by a man who's his father. He thinks he is living a normal life but it is not the case. His mother Ma is trying to make him know the truth and is trying to convince him to do something to get out of room. If you like touching story, go buy the book to discover the rest of the book!
Date published: 2012-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 stars It is a beautiful story. The love between a mother and her son is describe like no other book in Room. It is very emotional to read about Ma, a young mother, that helps her child to survive with nothing else then the contenance of a small room that represent a prison for the mother. It is beautiful to see how she turns this room into a little magic world for her son even if she is being mistreat by Old Nick, a rapist and a kidnapper. The ending is even more emotional when we realize that even if Jack, the little kid, was a prisoner in this room, he still loves it and he is attached to it. Even though Room may be hard to read for some readers, it is a book very high in emotion that will keep you on the edge of anger and compassion. 5 stars.
Date published: 2012-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Breathtaking Once you read this book, you stay connected with the characters. Ma and Jack are so well described that you have the impression that you've known them forever. I laughed, got scared for the the characters and even felt protective. Seeing the world through a five years old is very refreshing and innovating.I highly recommend you to read it if you want to share some time with Jack and Ma!
Date published: 2012-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Room is the story of Ma and her son Jack who are confine in one room to live their everyday life. As for Jack he never saw anything else than the room. He has no idea of what is going on outside until his Ma decide to start telling him when he turns five. The reason why Ma tell's Jack about the world is because she wants to get out of the room where she has been a prisonner for about seven years. Its a beauteful story about the trust between a mother and her son. I suggest you read this verry touching story!
Date published: 2012-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very touching ! *spoiler alert ! Room is a touching story about the struggles of a woman who was kidnapped while going to school when she was 17 years old. During the time she was help up, she gave birth to Jack. It is interesting to read about him growing up in the room in which they are kept because for himit is the entire world. What made me like this book was the ending because it is full of hope. Indeed, at some point, Jack makes a wonderful escape and frees his mom from their kidnapper. From this point, we follow their recovery and their adaptation to the real world and that is what I found the most captivating.
Date published: 2012-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Touching and Disturbing, Have To Be read! In this story , beautiful for a son, traumatising for a mom, both mother and son will live a rebirth in wich they will redecover the world in a whole new start. Touching and inspiring, the book was sometimes fun , sometimes sad and hard to read .However , I highly recommand this book to everybody over 16 years old ,for the parts that are a bit harder to read and so the readers really gets the subtleties wich makes the book so touching.
Date published: 2012-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stayed with Me for Days The story of Ma and Jack is not only incredible, but also touching, sad at times, yet it often made me laugh and it definitely gave me hope. As the mom of a 5-year-old, I couldn't help but smile at Jack's reactions, comments, moods, as they are a true reflection of what children that age are (whether they are trapped in a room or "outside," as my daughter luckily is). This book moved me in many ways: as a mother, as a daughter, and also as a teacher: I even have my students read the book this winter! I highly recommend it. Simply beautiful.
Date published: 2012-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique and disturbing - great for book clubs! I have this bad habit. I buy way too many books. I’m terrible for falling into the hype of a book, buying it when seeing it online or in a grocery store or a bookstore. Then what do I do? I forget about it and it sits on my shelf forever and ever, until I forget what the book was even about. This is what happened with Emma Donoghue’s stunning novel, Room. In fact, as with most books, I picked it up–determined to read it once and for all–not knowing what the book was about. I knew it was suspenseful and I knew that people loved it, but that’s about it. Room is a unique book. It’s told from the point of view of 5-year-old Jack from an 11×11 foot room. This room is the only home he’s known and, in the beginning, it’s a delight to hear him speak of it. But as the story progresses, we learn that this room is where his Ma has been held captive for years and now needs to escape. I really enjoyed this book, though it was a little jarring reading it at first as Jack is only 5–he doesn’t speak in normal sentences as a normal adult would. Thrilling and suspenseful, it’s hard to imagine what it would be like for him when faced with the idea of leaving his home. As a reader, I felt frustration and had a lack of understanding as to what he was going through, but I’m sure most readers did. I mean, he’s five years old–what can we expect? Because the story is told from Jack’s point of view, we learn everything about all the supporting characters from him. There’s no narrative to support what Jack’s saying, so what he tells us, we believe. Sometimes the reader has to think about what he’s saying because he might not say it as we would, but, in the end, it works. I can’t help but recommend Room to all lovers of fiction. You will be kept on the edge of your seat with this thrilling tale of the bond between a mother and her child. It’s a heavy read, but completely worth it.
Date published: 2012-02-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow to Start but a Great Book! I really liked this book! It was a little hard to get into in the beginning due to that fact that it is narrated by a 5 year old boy. I was not expecting it to be narrated by a child and as I have never read anything like this in the past I found it a little strange at first. I did however get used to it quickly and started to really enjoy the book. I found the book to be well written and also very unique and interesting. I loved the story and I found it hard to put down.
Date published: 2012-01-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slow at first but worth the read I found it difficult to read at first as it was written in the eyes of a 5 year old. I am glad I stuck with it, about midway it became hard to put down. You have to give the author credit as it was a very unique topic not to mention creepy.
Date published: 2012-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Glad I stuck with it** A bit difficult to get hooked on initially. I found it difficult to get used to reading narrative in the words of a young child. But..... I got hooked about mid way. Couldn't help but root for the little guy to find freedom. I couldn't put the book down after that. Definitely worth sticking with it. Glad I did. A wonderful ending!
Date published: 2012-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting perspective I found this story really interesting. At first it was hard to understand and follow along as it's from a 5-year-old's perspective, but you get used to it after awhile. I really enjoyed this story of strength, courage and endurance. It raises a lot of questions that are great for discussion. It's great that is told from a child's perspective, but it also causes the book to be limiting because you don't get the whole story and what you do get may not quite be right. Overall a good read.
Date published: 2011-12-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from "not able to get in to it" i've seen this book for sale everywhere- walmart, superstore, chapters, canadian tire. i decided i would read it after all it is on heather's pick list. this is not my first book to read that the narrator was a child. so i was use to the idea already. i figured it would be great read. "fault lines" and "sarah's key" was another book where the narrators where children. i enjoyed those books. i figured i would really like "room". i was very wrong. i could not get into it. i read about 75 pages and i just stopped. i found the 75 pages tedious and boring. i don't like Jack or Ma. sorry but i do not recommend this book.
Date published: 2011-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book From the 1st page till the last I was kept interested, bought the book Thursday and was done Monday, just couldn't put it down and I don't normally read books that fast. Now I'm passing the book around for others to enjoy. I recommend everyone to read this book. Give you a whole new view on life.
Date published: 2011-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible When I read this book, I was floored. Quite simply the best book I have read in years.
Date published: 2011-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Original! This is the first book I've ever read by Emma and I enjoyed every minute! I found this to be an amazing novel. I loved that the story was told through the eyes of a child, Jack and his innocence rather than an imprisoned woman. I'm not a mother but it touched my heart. I couldn't put the book down Watch the trailer and see for yourself. How could you not love Jack!?? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8rj2otXNfM
Date published: 2011-11-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! I didn't know what to expect and I was a bit concerned whether I would be able to read this book. I usually don't read anything disturbing and hurtful as it stays with me for a long time. Well, this book and its characters will stay with me for a completely different reason - kudos to the author for writing a great story from child's perspective - I could not put the book down until finished!
Date published: 2011-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful and endearing from the very first page Enjoyed this book thoroughly. If you are a mom, this book will touch your heart. The main character (it is written from the little boy's point of view) is one of the purest, funniest and most endearing literary voices I have read in a very long time. Once I finished the book, I missed him. That is always the sign of a very good book.
Date published: 2011-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from stunning What an intriguing, unique, somewhat disturbing tale told from a 5yo boy, Jack, who lives in a room with his mum, who was put there when she was kidnapped - super read...thanks Ms. Donoghue
Date published: 2011-10-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sadly this story is way too real! At first it was hard to get used to reading this book the way it was written...in the words of a five year old. Once I got used to that, I couldn't put the book down. It was awesome and sad and happy and heart breaking at times. Very good story.
Date published: 2011-09-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Room Room is unlike any book that I've ever read before. It is written from the point of view of a 5 years old. But this style of writing is more interesting then annoying. It certainly gives the reader a unique perspective on the world. There were a few things in the book that really bugged me, but it is probably just a personal preference.
Date published: 2011-09-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sadly Realistic I can think back to a time when a book like this would be admired because of its departure from reality. The author would be praised for ‘thinking outside the box’ by writing a story so farfetched that he aims to make us believe that someone would be able to hold a person prison in the heart of suburbia for years without someone taking notice. Now, after news story after news story of this exact situation occurring, this book should be admired for its hopeful but honest portrayal of two young people trying to survive. Room tells the story of Jack and his Ma, having been kidnapped when she was pregnant, and how they have created an entire world in a room. Told through the eyes of five year old Jack, you feel the pain and suffering that his mother goes through being a prisoner and trying to protect her son, as well as the pain of the real world and everything that is lurking on the other side of that keypad locked door. Though it takes a few chapters to really settle into the way that it’s written, (really think of the way a five year old would describe something) it is well worth the read. Beautiful and heartfelt, you end the book wishing you could give the two main characters a hug.
Date published: 2011-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Book! A perspective on a situation that I had never looked at before. The innocence of children was thrown in my face. Not only did this book touch my heart but I learned so much along the way. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2011-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! I originally purchased this book for the purpose of "my time" when my 5 month old went down for his nap. I finished it in two days!! And I'm a slow reader. I felt that Emma had put a lot of thought into how a 5 year old would comprehend his surroundings. I found it a very good read. Have recommended to numerous people.
Date published: 2011-09-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Slooow.... Slow to start, never really gets any faster. The content and language is highly repetitive, to the point of being annoying. Maybe a little too much like a 5 year old...
Date published: 2011-08-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I tried I tried and tried to get into this book, but to me it felt like the author rushed to write it. I had a hard time relating, or getting absorbed into the story. I know I am the odd man out amongst reviewers.
Date published: 2011-08-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unique Read When I first started to read this book, I have to admit it took me awhile to get into it. Once you adapt to the writing style, I found it was a unique perspective on a child's mind and whats important to him in such a small space. More importantly, the fierce love and protection his mother had for him and how his world is and was his mom. Worth the read!
Date published: 2011-08-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book I found that I couldn't put this book down. It was interesting to see the world from a child's perspective who only knew the life in a small room. Recommended.
Date published: 2011-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Story of a Lovable Child The story starts off a little slow, but after finishing I looked back and realized that this was necessary to develop a full understanding of the daily life of Jack and his mother. Once the plot got going, I could not put the book down. At first it was weird reading everything from a five year old's perspective of the world, or lack of. Once you get used to it, you really appreciate the authors ability to picture what the world is like to a little kid. She did a amazing job capturing Jack's innocence. There were several funny moments relating to the way Jack sees things and some of the observations he makes. Jack is a amazing character that you both sympathize with, and learn to understand. He is wise for his age, and helps you see the world in simple terms, for what it really is.
Date published: 2011-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not what I expected, but still great. This book was definitely not what i expected. I expected a story a boy with a kidnapped mother which inlcuded emotional details about the kidnapping and such. The book is actually completely told from the boys point of view and doesn't mention the actual kidnapping. It was really interesting to see the world through the boys eyes. His innocence and oblivion to the fact that there is a world outside of Room was really touching and heartbreaking. His views of the world were very interesting. Great, raw, writing!
Date published: 2011-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating What an amazing story!! This is such a unique and creative plot, unlike anything I have ever read. When I first read the book descriptions and reviews, I was a little concerned that there would be a heavy focus on difficult subject matter like rape and abuse. But in fact, that side of the story is very gently handled, and instead, the focus is on the living situation and how living in one room for Jack's entire 5 years alive has altered his perception of reality. Remarkable story, all told from Jack's perspective. Definitely recommend!
Date published: 2011-07-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A bit long winded Took awhile to get to a captivating place. But all in all an ok read.
Date published: 2011-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book! After hearing all the hype about this book I had to go ahead and puchase it! I read it in 2 days..it was soo hard to put down! It was a bit difficult to read at times BUT I loved the book. Definatly gave an insight into those lives who aren't great and how much a child depends on routines and their mothers loving touch!
Date published: 2011-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing This was a book I had wanted to read for quite sometime and I wasn't really disappointed. The first chapter I felt was a little slow and really didn't grab me, but the relationship between Ma and Jack was intriguing enough to allow me to continue on with the book. But I was rewarded with an excellent story that I couldn't put down for most of the evening, especially after they had managed to escape from the small shed that they were living in. It was certainly a delightful book and while I probably won't read the book again, it is one that will have me wondering what happens to Ma and Jack as they are able to adjust to life on the Outside.
Date published: 2011-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Impressive As others have stated, I found the voice of Jack inconsistent. I also found Ma's to be a little unreal at times. She is a little too patient to be believable. I am a mom and I can attest to how crazy life can be with a pre-schooler and I am not in an 11 X 11 room! Jack is a very demanding child and ma never seems to lose her temper beyond a gentle reproach. All that said, I finished the book in less than 24 hours. It is a great story with great flow. I really would like to see a sequel to find out how everyone turns out. This story is not over!
Date published: 2011-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! I absolutely loved this book. I waited to get it for a week or so and when it finally came I read it in 2 days! It was an amazing story about this little boy who really lived a sheltered life. Not knowing anything about what a childs life should be like. Made me apprechiate my life and my kids a lot more reading about this little boy and his Ma.
Date published: 2011-05-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Room is a Must Read for Everyone with a Goal and a Dream! I loved having Room delivered right to my doorstep, but trust me when I say that I would have walked 20 blocks in the rain to go and pick it up at the Chapters store. I completely and totally loved reading about the struggles and victories of Jack and his Ma. Emma Donoghue writes in a way that we can connect with the main character even though he is only 5 years old
Date published: 2011-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazingly disturbing This book is a MUST read. While the character of Jack was compelling, his obsession with his mother's breast milk was disturbing and almost sexual. This book is both riveting and off-putting at the same time. I read it in one sitting and have not been able to shake its effects since...
Date published: 2011-05-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hugely disappointing I don’t understand what all the hype surrounding this book is about. I finished the book, curious to see if it'd ever get better and it instead got worse. While i completely appreciate how hard it can be to write anything of quality, part of that difficulty is coming up with something original and relevant. She failed on both fronts and and somehow still managed to receive accolades
Date published: 2011-04-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but not amazing I found this book a little hard to get into at the beginning as it is written in the first-person from a five-year old's perspective. But once you get used to the writting style it flowed more easily. I was expecting it to be darker than it was, for a book with this subject matter I wasn't expecting it to be as light as it was. That being said if you read into it from an adult perspective it touches on abduction, rape, sucide, and more. I did find it interesting that we never find out the abductors or the mothers names.
Date published: 2011-04-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read I really enjoyed this book and how it was told from the perspective of a 5 year old (although at points agree with other posts that it was inonsistent). Found some parts a little more slow moving but overall a great story and an enjoyable read. Was also more surprised at the fact that it was more lighthearted that I would have imagined. A sequal would be an interesting idea but maybe told from more than one perspective, ma also?
Date published: 2011-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read Just can't get enough of innocent Jack and how he describes the world through his own understanding. I've really enjoy this book, just wish there could be a sequel.
Date published: 2011-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really liked it! I really liked that this story was told from Jack, the young child's perspective. As others have pointed out, his voice is inconsistent throughout the book, however, it was something I was able to overlook.. I found parts of the book were not gipping, as many have stated, much of it takes place in the room. With that said, I think it served to show the monotony of life felt by Jack's mother. The book definitely picked up 3/4 of the way through. It was a good read and I enjoyed it.
Date published: 2011-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from enthralling This story is written from the point of view of a 5 year old named Jack. His mother had been kidnapped at the age of nineteen and Jack and Ma live in an 11X11 room. The kidnapper brings them subsistence type food and on Sundays they get to request a 'treat'. It is hard at first to understand Jack's language as it is defined as what is in the room or TV, what is seen on TV and what Jack thinks as imaginary. All objects are called by proper nouns: Bed, Wardrobe. This emphasizes the pitifulness of their situation and how a child might process that environment. Ma comes up with a plan for their escape and has to work with Jack to convince him to try this and then to execute the plan. I simply could not put down the book at this point. What happens therafter is again a fascinating excerpt on how a cloistered child might see the big scary world. I found this book fantastic. Well thought out and well written. First Line: "Today I'm five."
Date published: 2011-04-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not worth my time I'm sorry to all those who did enjoy this book, I however, did not. It was boring - they are stuck in one room for the entire book, how much could happen that we haven't read or heard about in the news or could not come up with in our own imaginations. I did not enjoy it, I only finished it because it's all I had to read at the time. I would not recommend this book to anyone, it was a waste of money.
Date published: 2011-04-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting i loved how the author used the child in the first person. This was an easy read but you realize there is a lot of meat in the story. Really enjoyed it.
Date published: 2011-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow - great read! Jack is five years old and lives in Room with his ma. Room is all Jack has ever known because Ma was kidnapped when she was 19, taken to Room, and has been molested for seven years. Jack thinks Room is all there is and everything outside is the Universe. They do have a TV, so anything on TV that isn't in Room, is imaginary to Jack and he calls it "TV". Ice cream, for example, is TV. Ma has tried to keep Jack sheltered from the disturbing part of their existence, but when he turns five, she tells Jack about how they come to be in Room. After he gets over the shock, they hatch a plan to escape from Room. It takes a while to get used to the way Jack talks. Any item in Room is described as a name, such as Bed and Wardrobe, rather than as a item, which is odd. What I don't understand is why Jack talks like this when his mother doesn't. Since she's the only influence he has, wouldn't he copy her speech pattern? Once you get past the odd speech, this novel is such a page turner! At first I was wondering how the heck Donoghue was going to make (part of) a novel interesting about two people living in a room. How much can they do differently every day to make things interesting? However, Ma gives her story on how she was kidnapped and slowly tells more about what has happened to her. Then there's the thrilling story of their escape, which has you wondering if they are really going to make it. The book is uncomfortable, but good uncomfortable. The subject at times pushes boundaries and then questions you as to why you are uncomfortable. Room is my best read so far this year.
Date published: 2011-04-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Novel Room by Emma Donoghue, is a novel about the lives of a mother and son who must live in a small shed for years because she was kidnapped. The novel is through the eyes of the 5 year old boy, who thinks Room IS the whole world, as he was born there and his mother doesn't let him know the truth. This novel is fairly ingenious putting it in the eyes of a child. Both because he doesn't know what is happening, and of how he perceives everything that is happening. It makes you pay attention to everything they do nand say, because in certain situations he thinks they're, for example, playing a game, when in actual fact they're trying to get the attention of anyone so they can get out. If you liked this novel, definitely read Still Alice by Lisa Genova, or vice versa.
Date published: 2011-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Through the eyes of a child - a great point of view! What a great book! The premise is as if "torn" from the headlines; but its the narrator, 5-year old Jack, that really makes this book worth reading. It is such an interesting point of view; and it goes to show just how elastic children can be, enduring an upbringing in the Room as a prisoner, but not knowing that life that should be any different. In spite of the subject-matter, the narration is happy and uplifting. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.
Date published: 2011-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Novel I have read in a long time I can only praise this book. It is one of the best novels I have read in a long time.Emma Donoghue's writing and use of language, is a novel that will appeal to a wide audience.It is the story of unconditional love between a mother and her son.The story is told through the eyes of the son, a now 5 year old. Having no children, I first had to adapt myself to the language of a 5 year old.But I was soon gripped by the imagination and credible story that unfolded, and could not put it down.Room is home to Jack, but to Ma it is a prison where she has been held since she was nineteen, for seven long years.I will be forever changed by reading this novel.Thank you Emma, for writing such a tender novel.
Date published: 2011-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique story The voice of the child narrator in Room grabbed me from the start. It was fascinating to view his whole world - Room - from his naive perspective. Occaisionally, but rarely, the voice faltered - as when thoughts seemed too mature - this is a quibble. The story carried me to the end. One of the most original, and effective, stories I've read lately.
Date published: 2011-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't Put it Down Probably one of the best books I've ever read. I've been searching for a book I couldn't put down and was hesitant on buying this one, simply because it's so popular right now. But I bought it anyways and am SOOO happy I did. I would recommend this to EVERYONE. The book was absolutely amazing! Worth picking up!!!
Date published: 2011-03-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting... I thought this was worth the read - kept me intrigued regardless of the dark topic. Not unrealistic, thought provoking and liked the writing style being from the perspective of a 5 year old.
Date published: 2011-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth the Wait The concept of this book grabbed me from the start when it was introduced as a favourite through fb. I couldn't afford my own copy and the wait list at the library was HUGE! When I finally got my own copy I fell into this book. Narrated by the little boy, age 5, I was shocked at how clearly he portrayed and understood his world. First person text is often hard to accept at first, I found that once I got past that I couldn't put the book down. I think that everyone should read this book and I now have my own waiting list for this book. KG
Date published: 2011-03-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from AWEFUL I really did not like this book. Having nothing to do with the topic of the story. I never shy away from rough or tough to handle... what I disliked so much was that the inconsistant way it was written.... I get that it was through the eyes of a 5 year old.. but sometimes he was too old for his own good and then others it was as though he was 2 years old. Couldn't wait for this one to end.
Date published: 2011-03-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Interesting! I read Room a little while ago and I found it a little difficult to get used to the writing style because it was written in a five year old's perspective. Once I got used to this style, I found this book very unique and original, and the mother character was so strong and smart for the way she taught Jack, when her resources were so limited. This book is definately a must read and I would definately recommend it!
Date published: 2011-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Room I wanted to read Room since I heard what it was about, which is both interesting and original. I was actually thinking about letting it slip to the bottom of my list when I found it on sale, I’m glad I didn’t let it slip. It’s so interesting, there is not one time when I put down the book only to get annoyed that I couldn’t pick it right back up and start reading again. The limited vocabulary makes this even more of an accomplishment, it’s really well written, although because it was in the voice of a 5 year old the style of writing took some getting used to. Overall I definitely enjoyed it and I recommend it, it’s different in a very good way.
Date published: 2011-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Should read Thought provoking. Unusually endearing. memorable. good discussion book for book club. did she do the right things?
Date published: 2011-03-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Huge Disappointent I was looking forward to reading this book especially since it got such wonderful reviews. This could have been a good read as the premise of the book is unique and could be fascinating. It is narrated by a 5 year boy and some of his language is totally unbelievable. At some points he is wise beyond his years, using language and words that no 5 year old would use and yet in the next sentence his language his reverted to, not only that of a typical 5 year old, but the language of a learning deprived child. No consistency at all in the writing of his language and so totally unbelievable. I was very very bored and could not wait to finish this book..
Date published: 2011-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down I chose this book based on it's rating and I am very glad I did. I was intimidated by the book topic. The way this is book written, you feel the need to see what will happen next. The author has thought of every detail. Great read!
Date published: 2011-02-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Must Read Read this book. Just drop everything else and read this book. I wanted to end my review at the end of my second sentence, but decided that you might want to hear the why behind my statements. This story is of Jack and his ma. Jack is five and they live in Room. Not a room, but Room. Jack believes that it is the only room, there are no others. He has seen tv, but everything there is not real, it's on a different planet. He has never been outside Room; there is nothing outside. He is too young to understand that his mother was abducted and raped and that he is the result. She has chosen to raise him in ignorance of outside so that he will be content with his life. I was captivated by this story. It's not that it was exciting or glamorous or even brutal. I had to know more about this little boy and how he could behave so normally under such bizarre circumstances. I read in awe of this compact world that author Emma Donoghue had so convincing created. There have been several instances where women have been held captive similar to this and I imagine that they must have constructed similar rules for their tiny worlds. I can't say I loved this book, as it's not the type of story that inspires love. Rather it is a compelling one that I found hard to put down. It will stick with me for a long time.
Date published: 2011-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Appropriate I started & could not put this book down until I finished it some hours later. Very well written. Was sorry when it finished. Have passed it on to friends who feel the same way.
Date published: 2011-02-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Compelling, disturbing It caught me from the first chapter. It was facinating and sad at the same time because it is believable.
Date published: 2011-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from From the Mouths of Babes... I really enjoyed the story of Jack and his Ma as he expands his horizons from Room to World. I liken this story to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by way of narrative style and impact. Following Jack - delightfully innocent, yet highly intelligent - as he navigates his way through life in Room, sets the reader up for an intriguing journey. Learning of his Ma's years in captivity from the perspective of a five-year-old boy is compelling and becomes more so as the story continues and Jack's worldview expands. I would agree that parts of the later half of the novel do become swampy; however, Jack's perspective remains fresh throughout and thus, carries the reader through to the end.
Date published: 2011-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting read This was an interesting book. I loved Jack and it was very well written from his perspective being only 5 and never having been outside the room. It was nice that the author didn't dwell on the negative impact on the mother and how well she knew what Jack was feeling, always putting him first.. Even though the mother was portrayed as being strong having survived the Room, she also was vulnerable to what had happened.
Date published: 2011-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! Imagine being 5-years old and never smelling fresh cut grass, eating ice cream, or playing with other children. This is what it is like for Jack, a boy who was born in "Room", and learns about the outside world through "TV". Jack thinks that the only people who exist are him, his Ma, and Old Nick (his Mother's kidnapper from when she was a teenager). This story details Jack's 5-year old life in "Room", his escape, and how he slowly learns about the giant world around him.
Date published: 2011-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from weak at the end so, when i heard about this book, i was pretty excited. i don't shy away from hard topics. the start was interesting. the perspective of a young boy in that situation was intriguing, and it felt like she captured the perspective well. i won't give away too much, but the grit faded halfway through the book, and it lost it's oomph. the ending was hollywood. worth a read, it'll only take a day or so, but it won't be a totally new written experience.
Date published: 2011-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well Told Story I really enjoyed this book and the interesting way that it was told.To see inside of the mind of five year old Jack and to see his point of view was truly amazing. I have never read anything like this. The ending did seem to drag on a bit, but still stayed interesting as Jack still continued to learn about the world the whole way through the entire story as he had missed out on so much in his young life. It is certainly a book that will stay with you and make you truly realize how lucky many of us are and how far a mother will go to save her child.
Date published: 2011-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting and Entertaining! I found this to be a very thrilling and well told story. The 5 year old narrative took me a little white to get used too but was a such a smart way of telling the story. I would say however that the last portion of the book dragged on a little too long and could have been condensed. In any event, it's dark, disturbing read that I highly recommend!
Date published: 2011-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from None like it. Such a great book. Sad and riveting. It had its happier parts though. I would definitely recommend it.
Date published: 2011-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read!! I highly recommend this one. I know it's cliché, but I just couldn't put it down. I didn't want the book to end!
Date published: 2011-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from darkly riveting I laughed and cried...out loud. This is a must read.
Date published: 2011-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing One of the most amazing books I have read in quite sometime. The idea behind the book intrigued me and then from the moment I started reading I was hooked. A must read!
Date published: 2010-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning This is certainly the most original story I have read in years. I was immediately drawn into the story by the author's use of a 5 year old first person voice for the narrative. The fact that Donoghue was able to sustain that voice credibly for the entire length of the story was impressive. I would highly recommend this book to others.
Date published: 2010-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I. Could. Not. Put. This. Book. Down! It annoyed me at first since it was from a 5 year old's perspective, but then it grows on you. I couldn't believe someone dared to write in depth like that. Room was a book I would probably read over. I would like to know more on what happened with Jack, but I know there will be no part 2. You become so interested in the main characters life. Bye-Bye Room.
Date published: 2010-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Idea for a Book!! I just cannot believe no other author has thought of writing a book like this. Very interesting and dark and touching and realistic and unbelievable. Wonderful novel. Some parts were long and repetitive but I totally recommend this book
Date published: 2010-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An amazing story! Every year I read a few dozen books and there are plenty in that bunch that deserve 5 stars. This, likewise, deserves 5 stars but I think it really deserves something more than that. From the time you start to the time you finish you will be utterly captivated by the author's incredible ability to bring these characters to life. The story is one of captivity where a young lady is kidnapped by a psychopath and held in his inpregnable garden shed (turned into a small cell). In the years that follow, she gives birth to a baby boy and he also becomes part of this captiviity. The story is told through the voice of this boy, now 5 years old, and it is unbelievable how convincing Ms. Donoghue is with thinking and talking as a young boy. You will find yourself completely unable to put this down. Although there are moments when the novel is as terrifying as anything you will encounter, strangely enough, you will find yourself laughing out loud at other parts. This is a really amazing book and one that will stay with you for quite some time afterward. I will definitely reread this at some point in the future.
Date published: 2010-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy Read I really enjoyed this novel. I felt the author expressed her characters in a voice that was unexpected. She drew the reader in to the age and level of her main character which was delightful. It was an easy read, something that I could sit down and finish in one sitting. Nothing to complicated, but it had a deep, tragic plot that encapsulates you so that even though it may seem simple in vocabulary, it's deep in it's story and it touches you to the very depths of your heart.
Date published: 2010-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book I usually read chick flicks, never read books like this but took a chance with heather picks and couldnt put it down. Its a terrifying story but beautiful at the same time.
Date published: 2010-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing An amazing book, couldn't put it down! Enjoyed that the book was from the child's perspective. I've recommended it to all my friends.
Date published: 2010-11-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I couldn't put it down! I really liked this book. It was enjoyable, incredibly sad and terrifying all at the same time. I have suggested it to all my friends, but wouldn't suggest reading it when you're in the mood for a "feel-good" story.
Date published: 2010-11-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not what I expected This book wasn't really what I expected when I first heard the buzz about the new Emma Donoghue book (love her). I was a bit disappointed once I had a copy, realizing the WHOLE book was narrated from the point-of-view of a child. I think it could've been handled better had Donoghue allowed varying perspectives, but this was still a really engrossing portrait of a mother raising her child while in entrapment. It's not the super amazing awesome fantastic splendidly brilliant book everyone seems to say it is -- it's just a good read. But there are definitely better things out there by Donoghue, as well as other Canadian authors.
Date published: 2010-11-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very worthwhile What a shame so many of you didn't persevere with this book. Just when you thought you would go crazy if you heard any more mundane stories ( as the mother must have felt) there was a resolution, of sorts and the book picked up considerably. I thought this was a very difficult subject covered extremely well.
Date published: 2010-11-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from boring. i usually love heather's picks, but i could not get into this book at all. i'm pretty sure this is the only book i've ever not finished. the most boring book i've read to date.
Date published: 2010-11-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Yawn Am I really the only one who didn't like this book? I bought it based on these reviews (and that it was a Heather's Pick) and just couldn't get past page 63 before I finally returned it. I liked the idea of reading it (well my 63 pages) from a child's perspective but not only did the way he spoke drive me nuts, but it just didn't seem believable. Very disappointing....
Date published: 2010-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Room has a captive audience Review in The National newspaper in Abu Dhabi, UAE: http://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/books/emma-donoghues-room-has-a-captive-audience
Date published: 2010-11-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Page Turner! I have a hard time finishing books in less than 3 weeks.... but this book only took me 24 hours. It's one of those books that you want to read as fast as you can so you can figure out what happens at the end - but you also know that once you get to the end it will be over. It was a very bittersweet reading experience. I appreciated the different point of view. Hearing the story from a child's perspective was frustrating at first, but the charm of it really grew on me. Great novel. Was excited to read my first Donoghue after hearing all the buzz about the novel, and it really came through! It's not all hype! It's a genuinely good book that everybody should have in their personal collection.
Date published: 2010-10-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Story could of went in more depth Room by Donoghue was a good read, the author really did a good job at writing from a child's perspective, however I found it to slow and dragging at times. For instance, the beginning I found to be very repetitive on routines that the characters did. I also found that throughout the book things fast froward a lot. The ending could of been a bit longer. Overall it's a nice book to read while on the train.
Date published: 2010-10-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Didn't keep my interest I found the book to be slow and didn't really hold my interest.
Date published: 2010-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome!!! Quick read, could not put it down. Held my breath more then once and had to read this book in one sitting!!
Date published: 2010-10-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful I enjoyed this book tremendously. Good read.
Date published: 2010-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super book! This is a great book, but be ready -- its sad. I cried a lot during the read. It is an easy read, it took me about 2 days. It is well written and really easy to get yourself immersed. Not normally the type of book that I read, but the reviews were so great that I thought to give it a whirl. Glad I did.
Date published: 2010-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful - this book grabs a hold of you from the first page and doesnt let go until the last sentance and you really do look at life differently
Date published: 2010-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hard to put down A book that kept me awake most of two nights. It's fiction, but is so realistic. Amazing!
Date published: 2010-09-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good but not Great Reason for Reading: With this subject matter, who is *not* wanting to read this book? A 26 year old woman has been kidnapped and held captive in a soundproof, escape-proof 11 x 11 foot Room for 7 years. She has a five year old son, Jack. She cares for him fiercely and has created a world for him out of that Room, giving him everything she possibly can that he needs to grow properly, physically and emotionally. They do daily exercises, she teaches him, etc. This is their story, of their day-to-day life, their escape and how they cope on the Outside. A truly fascinating story to start with is only topped by the fact that it is told in the first person narrative of five year old Jack. I'm going to start by saying this is a hard review for me to write. I agonized over my rating. There is not doubt that Room is a wonderful piece of writing. The subject matter is enticing and the reality of the situation has been explored to such detail that one is amazed the author could have thought of some things without having actually experienced captivity herself. The book is divided into distinct sections, each one focusing intensely on a certain stage of Jack and Ma's story. Donoghue has managed to write about a horrific situation without ever actually putting in print any scenes that show the obvious s*xual violence that was perpetrated. In the hands of a lesser author this could have become a much more graphic story thus losing Ms. Donoghue's perceptive touch. The book reads fast, is compelling and is tremendously well written. So why is this review hard to write? I didn't love the book. Yes, it was good. Good enough to keep me reading, and reading quickly too. The second half was better than the first, as in enjoying the story and the characters. I really enjoyed the introduction of Grandpa Leo, Steppa. He was the most real character in the whole book. I often found myself annoyed while reading the book. The child's narrative just didn't win me over. I didn't hate it but it felt detached somehow and thus I felt detached from the characters. I never had any great emotional response to the boy and his mother, which *really* wanted to have. None of the other characters were fully developed, even Steppa , but he at least had the behaviour of a real person and came to life for me. As you can see I had problems with the book, while appreciating it. Now that I've finished it, my immediate response is "Yeah, it was good." I wouldn't grab people and say you *must* read this book, but if anyone asked me I'd recommend it with my reservations as noted above. I may feel differently about my rating a month (a year) from now but it's been 6 days since I've written this review and I still feel the same way. Very well written, but only good, not great.
Date published: 2010-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from STAYED WITH ME LONG AFTER I CLOSED THE COVER Because the reader is thrown into the story from the first sentence it is difficult to give a synopsis of the story without screaming “caution – spoiler alert”. “Room” is home to 5 year old Jack and his Ma. “Room” is all Jack knows except for his friends on television and the other “planets” he sees there. Old Nick lives outside and is the bringer of all things … not all things are good. This story is told in Jack’s five year old voice, which has the dual effect of making the story a little more palpable considering the subject matter and at the same time, a little more frightening in his innocence. Jack’s voice is so sincere “Room” almost becomes a character in the book. Ms. Donoghue examines both the evil in the world today and the resiliency of the human spirit to overcome it by whatever means necessary. Ma is a quiet hero written with rough around the edges tenderness. Jack’s voice stayed with me for a long time after I closed the covers of this book.
Date published: 2010-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating easy read. *SPOILERS* The story of a young woman kidnapped at age 19 and held in captivity for 7 years, bearing 2 children to her captor: a stillborn baby girl and Jack, the five year old who is narrating the story. This is a story about never losing hope in the darkest of times and how good things can come from never losing that hope. The mother never loses her hope of escape, she tries every day, and finally with the help of her son she is able to return to her family once again. This book is completely heart wrenching, especially when the two are freed and are trying so hard to adapt to life outside of the sound proofed, escape proofed shed, or "room" that they were held in. Such a touching ending though. Mom and son return to the 'room' to say goodbye to the demons of one's past, and the only home that the other has ever known. It's a little disappointing because you want to keep reading and see what happens to Jack after the goodbye and how he continues to adjust to his new life. I actually hope there's going to be a sequel to this one with that as the subject: what happens to Jack after? I can totally see why this is short listed for the Man Booker prize.
Date published: 2010-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Jack Will Steal Your Heart What can I say that hasn't already been said about this story? Jack is a wonderful character and Ma feels very real. I can't bear to imagine a life in captivity such as these two had for so long but it's absolutely amazing the way Donoghue imagines the life they have afterward and especially the way that little Jack sees it. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2010-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my best reads of the year! Where to start?! This is one of the best books of the year for me. I really love Emma Donoghue's writing, but was a little afraid of Room. The subject matter seemed a little frightening and I wasn't sure I wanted to venture inside. I am soooo glad I read it. Room is the story of Jack and his Ma. Jack has just turned 5 when the book opens. Room is where Jack and Ma live. The world is 11' by 11' to Jack - that's the size of the room his mother has been imprisoned in since she was kidnapped seven years ago - and where Jack was born. The day to day life, routines, games and learning Ma has developed to raise an imaginative, intelligent, happy little boy under seemingly overwhelming circumstances were simply amazing. The relationship between mother and child had me in tears - it was unbelievably poignant. The book is told in Jack's voice. And what a voice Donoghue has created! Jack's view of his 'world' is by turns heartbreaking, funny, frightening yet joyful and optimistic. Just think - this little boy does not realize that there is a world outside of their space. space. It is when Jack turns five, that Ma fears the room is getting too small and that time is running out.... I've tried many times to put my thoughts into words for this review and have come up short every time. All I can say is it's a book you want to read. A gut wrenching, emotional, terrifying, addicting, hopeful, satisfying read that you won't be able to put down. Really.
Date published: 2010-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Great Read!! I picked out this book after seeing the "book trailer" as it seemed like a worthwhile read. I am definitely glad I did! What an amazing story. I found myself genuinely caring for these make believe individuals, and wanting everything to work out for them. It's very well written in the voice of a 5 year old- you'd think the author was actually 5! Thoughts and feelings and questions that any regular 5 year old would have are used perfectly and it is apparent that a lot of research in child development went into this book. I really recommend this book to anyone at all who likes to read. I finished it in 2 days because I couldn't put it down!!
Date published: 2010-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A story of genuine love and triumph. The mark of a great book is when you are genuinely sad to see it end. That is how I felt about the book Room by London, Ontario author, Emma Donoghue. I LOVED THIS BOOK! It is a powerful and poignant story of the love between a mother and her child despite a seemingly impossible situation. Told from the perspective of five year old Jack, Room is a book unlike any other you will have read before. For Jack, Room is the only home he has ever known, but for Ma, it's a cleverly designed prison where she's been held captive for seven years after being abducted by a man Jack refers to as Old Nick. Despite limited space and resources, Ma and Jack engage in daily activities like phys. ed., cooking, storytelling, crafts, brushing teeth, bath and watching television (although, not too much because "it rots our brains"). Room is Jack's entire world; where he was born and where he and Ma eat, play and learn. Jack has no idea anything exists outside of Room. At night, Ma puts Jack safely to sleep in Wardrobe in case Old Nick comes in. However, Ma ultimately reaches a point of desperation that changes the course of her and Jack's life. Although the subject is disturbing, Room is ultimately a story of triumph and resilience and will stay with you long after you've turned the final page. Jack is an endearing, unforgettable character, crafted with great imagination by Emma Donoghue. Room is tender, touching and at times funny. As a mother, it really affected me. Short-listed for the 2010 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, Room is a book that will change the way you look at life and your children. Hopefully, it will also be nominated for the Giller Prize as well. Pick it up. You won't regret it.
Date published: 2010-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Un-put down-able When we first meet Jack he has just turned 5. He lives in a small room with his mother and Room is the only world he knows. This book gripped me from page one as we follow Jack as he begins to learn that his world is not all there is. I don't know if enjoyed is the right word to use but I couldn't put this book down. There were some aspects that made me uncomfortable to read but i think that's par for the course considering the subject matter. The simplistic prose adds to the character. It's one of those books that you think about when your not reading it and continue to think about after you've finished.
Date published: 2010-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning I received a review copy and I have to say, it WILL be a talked about book when it is released. Loved it !! http://serendipiter.wordpress.com
Date published: 2010-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible, staggering book One of the best of the year and a book that easily surpasses all of the incredible hype that surrounds it.
Date published: 2010-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everything you want a book to be I read this book in two days. It was next to impossible to put down because it has one of the most endearing and lovable characters I've ever come across in fiction - 5yr old Jack, who's optimism and unwavering love for his mother just suck you in. I've never read a book like this before and when it ended, I was sad. I wanted to know more about Jack. If there's only one book you're going to read this year, let it be this one.
Date published: 2010-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book of 2010 Room’s story line may make most people shy away as it is based on horrific real life ordeals, but Emma Donoghue has arguably given us the best book of 2010. Seven years ago, 19-year-old “Ma” was abducted and has since been held captive—in one small room. The story is told through the eyes of five year old Jack, fathered in captivity by a vile sexual predator. Jack knows no world but “Room", believing the sun, sky and people he sees on TV to be created images. It is the world outside that seems scary. He is a bright child—bright enough, in fact, to help his mother successfully carry out a plan of escape. Once they get to the outside world, the sense of relief is short lived, as Jack is suddenly faced with an entirely new worldview with things he never imagined, like other people, buildings, and even family. All the while his mother attempts to deal with her own psychological trauma. Gripping, riveting, and close to the heart, this story grabs you and doesn't let go. Above the suspense, fear, hate and hope, Emma Donoghue gives us a story that exemplifies the triumph of a mother's love.
Date published: 2010-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Highly recommend Read this in one sitting, I highly recommend it. Characters in a fascinating situation, and you really care about them. She takes a horrifying situation and deals with it touchingly.
Date published: 2010-08-12

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Room

by Emma Donoghue

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 pages, 9.38 × 6.5 × 1.15 in

Published: August 30, 2010

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1554688310

ISBN - 13: 9781554688319

From the Publisher

WINNER! 2010 Rogers Writers'' Trust Award for Fiction

SHORTLISTED for the 2010 Man Booker Prize

SHORTLISTED for the 2010 Governor General''s Award

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It''s where he was born and where he and his Ma eat and play and learn. At night, Ma puts him safely to sleep in the wardrobe, in caseOld Nick comes.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it''s the prison where Old Nick has kept her for seven years, since she was nineteen. Through ingenuity and determination, Ma has created a life for herself and her son, but she knows it''s not enough for either ofthem. Jack''s curiosity is building alongside Ma''s desperation -- and Room can''t contain either of them for much longer...

Told entirely in the inventive, often funny voice of Jack, Room is a celebration of the resilient bond between parent and child, and a brilliantly executed novel about a journey from one world to another.

Learn more about Room at www.roomthebook.com.

About the Author

"I was gripped by Room as soon as I discerned its startling premise. It is an almost macabre and completely accomplished novel, one that places Emma Donoghue in the company of writers such as Hilary Mantel and Muriel Spark -- writers who address evil in their works without flinching.Room is, however, leavened by one of the most convincing portrayals of love I have come across in literature or in the world outside it.Room deserves a wide readership. It should inspire a dialogue among its readers about how a life -- how all of our lives -- can be redeemed through the telling of stories, and through ingenuity, loyalty, bravery, hope and love."
- Anne Giradini, author of Advice for Italian Boys ()

Editorial Reviews

"I loved Room. Such incredible imagination, and dazzling use of language. And with all this, an entirely credible, endearing little boy. It''s unlike anything I''ve ever read before."
- Anita Shreve, author of The Pilot''s Wife ()
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