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byEmma Donoghue

Hardcover | September 7, 2010

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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,Roomis a celebration of the resilient bond between parent and child, and a brilliantly executed novel about a journey from one world to another.

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EMMA DONOGHUE has published six novels, including the internationally acclaimed and bestsellingSlammerkin,Life MaskandThe Sealed Letter, which was longlisted for the Giller Prize. Her most recent book,Room, won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award and the Man Booker Prize. Born in ...
Title:RoomFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 2.29 inPublished:September 7, 2010Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fantastic book for a patient reader Room can be a bit difficult to read. Told from the perspective of a young boy who has only ever known the room he was born in where his mom and he have been held captive, there is very little to discover as a reader for the first several chapters. But the patient reader will discover that all those seemingly insignificant details become very important, as they shape the boy's entire worldview and therefore his ability to function on the outside. It's a sad yet triumphant story with natural progressions you somehow don't see coming. Ultimately, a fantastic read!
Date published: 2018-08-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Alright I thought the idea of the novel was phenomenal because there are very few novels, to my knowledge at least, about situations like this. I also thought that it was unique having the point of view from the five-year-old boy. That being said, I felt like there was a great build towards the climax, but when the climax occurred and the aftermath happened then all the build up was for nothing. I honestly wanted to stop reading the last section of the novel because I felt like there was no substance and it was just plain boring. But I would still recommend it to someone who hasn't read it based on the plot.
Date published: 2018-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is a truly amazing read I was pretty nervous about reading this book, I knew some of the content was very dark, but I decided to give it a try anyway and I’m so happy I did! It’s a spectacularly well-written book, the details are incredible, and the child’s point of view is so believable it’s sometimes easy to forget it was written by a grown-up! While some of the content was undeniably dark, Jack’s joyful passion and spirit, and his mother’s devotion and ceaseless optimism more than make up for it. This is a truly amazing read.
Date published: 2018-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great story At first I had difficulty reading this book as it's written through the eyes of the young boy. Anyone who has kids knows how it can be difficult to follow allowing with what they are saying especially when they are younger. Nonetheless, I stuck to it and enjoyed this book. I like how it was based on a true story and I felt very connected to the young boy and his mother and their tale of survival.
Date published: 2018-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique writing - Great story. Incredible to read this story through the eyes of a child! Heartbreaking circumstances. Amazing to look through the eyes of a child who knows no other world than the four walls of a single room. Emma Donoghue explores the mind of a child and what it would be like to live your whole life thinking the world is nothing more than a single room, and then one day being thrust into the rest of the world. Fantastic read!
Date published: 2018-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read It was interesting to read a book from this perspective but maybe a split between the main characters would have been easier to read
Date published: 2018-06-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Half and Half I did like the story and the love between the characters. It was an interesting plot; however, (and I know it was the character trait) I found it hard to read sometimes because of how the child spoke. It was a bit frustrating for me at times. I am glad I read the story though.
Date published: 2018-05-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Alright telling of a great story The story itself was super intriguing, and I read it quickly. The boy's perspective was interesting, but did get a little annoying, and I wanted more from the story than what he was able to give at certain moments.
Date published: 2018-04-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Annoying I gave this book a shot. Lost interest somewhere in the middle and then picked it back up again and started from the beginning, hoping to find interest again. The writing is difficult, as it is in the point of view of a young child. Unique and well executed, but not my style.
Date published: 2018-04-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book Good read especially from the perspective of a child
Date published: 2018-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyable, easy read I've somehow never heard anything about this book before reading it, so I read it with no expectations and I think that was the best way to read it. The writing itself isn't overly zealous as it was written from the child's perspective. AGAIN: CHILD'S PERSPECTIVE. I've read many of reviewers "loathing" this, but I think it was beautifully portrayed through the naive and innocent eyes of a five year old. Fair warning: the "escape" was very anti-climatic - so if you're looking for a riveting tale of how a struggling mother and her son escape captivity, this is not it.
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Powerful This was an amazing read! What Mom's will do to create a world of love and safety for their child. It also shows the impact of judgement by "well-meaning" reporters!
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of my favorite books of all time This remains one of my favorite books. Very well written and stays with you long after the book. I have read ll of Emma Donahue's books, and this one still remains my favorite. I would suggest reading "The Wonder" also. Totally different than Room, but worth checking out
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent I thought it was really compelling and a good read
Date published: 2018-03-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay Room was a really good story, but I had a hard time reading it. It's not like it progressed very slow, or anything. It just almost felt like it did. It was written well, and was over all a good book, just not my favourite.
Date published: 2018-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good book this is a good book! super unique and interesting #plumreview
Date published: 2018-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page Turner Reading this book was different. it was in the perspective of a young boy which at first was a bit difficult to read but I later appreciate it as it really contributed on setting the scene. This was a great read! At times I couldn't put down the book.
Date published: 2018-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing This book is gripping. Just a beautiful story, I can't say enough. I was happily surprised, it was like stepping into their world with them.
Date published: 2018-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Novel! Sad book, how they are captured and how the little boy was created in captivity. Overall, happy ending. Easy read, good book.
Date published: 2018-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unique and Exciting Seeing this horrifying scenario as told from the perspective of a young child was extremely unique. This is a great read and I highly recommend it
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad I read this long before the movie came out.. it was moving and a good read at some points.
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A gripping, captivating story This is excellent story-telling. You really feel and love the characters, and the POV of the young child is unique to see in adult fiction literature but very effective in this case. Completely broke my heart and put it together again. I love this and recommend it frequently to anybody wanting to read an excellent, well-written, and extremely interesting adult novel.
Date published: 2018-01-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring Heard such good reviews about it but was really disappointed as I read along... finished 3/4s of the book then put it too rest .
Date published: 2018-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible story It was hard to read at first, as it is written the way Jack would have said it. But you get used to it quickly and it becomes hard to put down!
Date published: 2018-01-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not the best This book was not the worst thing I have ever read but also not the best. I found it quite irritating how the book was from a five year old's point of view and the way her talks has me running in circles. But I do like how the book shines a light on the serious matter of rape and kidnap.
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from one of my favourites This is an eye-opening tale of survival and hope. Enjoyed reading from Jack's perspective and how the situation has impacted him. Incredible detail, and great story.
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very interesting This book takes a unique perspective not just from the main character being a young boy but also showcasing the after effects of a kidnapping and forced inprisonment
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read! The book was very creative and allowed you to see the events through Jack's point of view which brought a seemingly normal storyline into a creative piece of work.
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good After getting many recommendations, I finally bought it and was not disappointed! Definitely a good for anyone
Date published: 2017-12-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An OK Read was hard to understand at first, but got into it. disturbing, because, sad to say, this does happen to people!
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Story of survival A heart-wrenching story of survival. A little hard to follow at first but stick with it, and you won't be disappointed. A testament of a mother's love and what people do to survive.
Date published: 2017-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique and fascinating I appreciated the unique perspective of Jack, the little boy and hero of the book. His innocence and emotional intelligence made the trauma of the story somehow more maneagble for me as the reader, but also more heartbreaking at the same time. The characters were very real and well rounded, which is so important when you spend almost the whole book with the same two people!
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good very emotional ride and can't wait to see the movie .
Date published: 2017-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking story I'm not sure what I was expecting from this book, all I knew was that there was a lot of hype because of the movie. It was sad and frustrating all at once, and gave some really real perspective on kidnapping. So sad though.
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Read! I was given this book to read by a co-worker & just said "You have to read this". Not knowing much about it, I gave it a go and was pleasantly surprised. Loved the writing from a child's perspective, it was cool to see a world from an innocent, light hearted point of view. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from very emotional This was hard to read in some spots because of the horrific circumstances but overall it was a great read but very emotional!
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED Oh my.. what do I even say? It was amazing. Highly recommend. I have to admit I initially scoffed at it when I came across him using big words. HOWEVER, I promise you it will make sense after as to how/why he is. I think that in a way the fact that it's written from a child's perspective it almost "softens the blow" so-to-speak of the reality of it all. However, at the same time, it makes it more creepy through the innocence. I think the writer really captured the love & devotion between a mother and her son that truly goes both ways. This book was a real page turner for me that I just couldn't wait to finish yet never wanted to end. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great book loved this and movie adaptation
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful book This book is so realistic, this could happen to anyone. A tale of a woman who was kidnapped and in a room for several years where she had a child with her kidnapper. She teaches the child the ways of the outside world, outside the room. Great read.
Date published: 2017-10-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read! A disturbing story told from the perspective of a child. Although some do think the beginning is slow, I appreciated the full image the author gives on the child and his mother's lives. I think it's a hit or miss but definitely a hit for me.
Date published: 2017-10-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting Interesting perspective. Found it kind of hard to get through this book due to the viewpoint and writing style through a child's lens.
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A disturbing but resilient story I read this book in Grade 12 as part of an independent study project. I thought it was very unique and fresh that a story with such mature themes was told by a 5-year-old, even more so by one who had been isolated from the real world his entire life. Ma's life in Room is every young woman's worst nightmare, but her determination to free herself and her son and subsequently carve out a normal life for them is admirable.
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Solid read Well-crafted, interesting -- but in a way, it felt very distant.
Date published: 2017-09-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book Such a captivating book. I loved how it was written from Jacks point of view. Heart-wrenching and beautiful.
Date published: 2017-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I really adored this book, through the subject matter was really tough I appreciated the story.
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Page-Turner & One of my New Favourites The narration of this novel from the little boy, Jack's perspective makes him and the book so loveable, despite the dark subject matter. I found myself sad to be finished the book and I was still thinking about it and the characters when I was done. It really makes you appreciate life and look at the world through new eyes.
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good! Loved this so much. Cant wait to read again. Movie was fantastic.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hard read, but worth it Despite the horrific subject matter, Jack is so filled with joy and wonder that you can't help but be sucked into the story and hope for a happy ending. This novel is tragic and heartbreaking and will stay with you for a long time.
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent! But do yourself a favour and don't make the same mistake I did: read this book before you see the movie, and read this book before you get spoiled about the ending.
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent This novel is a page turner. The novel is written from the perspective of a child, which makes it more interesting. At times, the novel can be hard to read.
Date published: 2017-08-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Great book love the child narrator
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique! Reading it form the kid's point of view was very interesting to read. Also has an amazing storyline!
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique! Reading it form the kid's point of view was very interesting to read. Also has an amazing storyline!
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Unique, and a rare find, but fell short For me, Room fell short. I loved the writing style, and it was the first book if its kind that I have read. I love how it made me slow down (as I tend to read quickly) to properly see the word through the eyes of a young child. The detail was good, and there were suspenseful moments, but I felt let down. Everything quickly unraveled in the end and I felt that there were loose ends- at least for a book that strives for so much detail.
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read.. ...but not a great read. There are thrilling and suspenseful moments but I felt like they were cut short, and the I lost interest in the last half.
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Room Totally captured the voice of a little kid, it’s a disturbingly believable read. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A must-read Honestly, what's there to be said about Room that hasn't been already? The voice is spot on; the narrator is such a realistic kid, complete with all of the frustration. I do wish I had read this book earlier, so I could have had the challenge of figuring out what was going on... but hey, even if you've been spoiled for the content, it's so well-written that it's worth the read anyway.
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love! I loved this book and the perspective from the boy. Movie doesn't do it justice and they changed so many things.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Such an amazingly written book. Will be reading this again!
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good interesting scary situation.good read.
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Struggled With This One I liked the premise of the story and I really enjoyed the movie but I couldn't get through the narration of the book. I had a hard time finding interest in reading a child's voice, despite the plot being great. #plumreviews
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great read It kept me interested until the end. Great read and well written
Date published: 2017-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great I saw the previews for the movie and had to read the book before watching the movie. This was such a great book to read. Story line is great!
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I think this is one of the first books to grab me and make me as emotional as it did. I wasn't expecting that but it was just part of the amazing experience Donoghue gives. I would highly recommend this read!
Date published: 2017-06-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from excellent book took awhile to get into it (because of the way it's written from jack's perspective) but then became a page turner! eerie at times but it's a fantastic story of resilience!
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing A book that really allows you to use your imagination much like Jack does.
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Very cool book with an eerie plot. Jack knows nothing but Room and all of the accompanying bits and pieces that he's grown up with for the last 5 years. It really is an eye-opening read into how strange and complicated our world is, yet refreshing to see how you can get by with such few belongings and a simple way of life.
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book Deals with some horrific events but is very well written and impossible to stop reading once started. As always, read the book before watching the movie.
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Touching and beautiful A book that has you on the edge of your seat. A heartfelt story about a mother and son and their means of life in a single room.
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Just wow. This book dealt with difficult subject matter and the way it was written was beautifully done. I really enjoyed Jack's perspective as this was something I hadn't seen before in this type of novel. Btw the movie is great as well!
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! I read this book years ago and I been recommending it to everyone ever since. A great story, and well told.
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book I didn't want to read this book, and ended up buying after I unexpectedly loved the movie so much. I thought it was a great read. One star gets knocked down because the writing gets annoying at times.
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read Tear jerker for sure. Good read and well written
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not That Great The read was a very, very easy one. This makes sense as it was from a five-year-olds perspective, I felt it lacked alternative perspectives and overall was just boring for such a high-intensity topic of abduction and the psychological/social/physical ramifications of being imprisoned for years.
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Claustrophobic There are points in this book where you can feel the suffocation Jack and his mother experience. A very well written book.
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting read Very insightful..great perspective of a kids point of view
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I can't understand the hype Emma Donoghue is a very talented writer and there were parts of the book where Jack's insight was very moving. However overall, I can't say I finished this book feeling like it really was the best of her work.
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good book. Great and some parts, not so great in others.
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful I was hesitant at first to read this book, not sure what to expect. Just the thought of what this story is based upon is very disturbing. Furthermore, it takes incredible talent to write the story through the eyes and mind of a very young child, and I wasn’t sure the writer would pull it off. She does! Emma Donoghue does a brilliant job of placing the reader in young Jack's shoes, and telling the tale from his perspective. It’s a shocking and endearing story about the strong bond between a mother and child, psychological survival and the innocence of childhood. And Jack tells you all of it.
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!! This book was a tear jerker. The book is more detailed then the movie which in most cases are. The courage and strength and the love of a child.
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyable quick read Make room for Room! Told from the perspective of five year old Jack, the inner thoughts and character development was really well written
Date published: 2017-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unique story This book is a harrowing tale of confinement and abuse. Telling the story from the perspective of a five year old was an intriguing narration choice leaving the reader to interpret what the child is too naive to fully understand, some people may be displeased with the pacing in the beginning but I see it more as an accurate portrayal of the tedium of their existence while trapped in Room. Great read!
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i love this book i got this book a few year back i it is one of my favorite really good read
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed #plumreview I received this as a gift because she loves the book. I found that it was hard to get started. I finished the book but it didn't grab my attentions.
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Different, interesting. . . I was warned that it's hard to get started - the first 100 pages or so don't really grab you - and I found that to be true. But once I got past a certain point, I had a really hard time putting this book down!! While it took some getting used to, by the end I kind of liked the 5-year-old voice narration. Seeing the world through Jack's eyes&mind added something unique to the experience. Jack & his mother have gone through a horrible ordeal.... but from Jack's point of view, what was horrible about it is not what the rest of us would think. If you've never known freedom, do you miss it? If you were born into and grew up in isolation, would the world beyond your prison be unwelcome? Sticking to Jack's POV of course means we miss out on too much exploration into the emotions of the adults in the story, but you just have to kind of accept that. You're left assuming what the adults are feeling and thinking based on the observations Jack makes, and of course your own ideas of how someone would react to these situations. I definitely really enjoyed this book overall, and would recommend it is worth a try - if you can get past the first 100 pages, and get used to the style of narration, it is worth it
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good but ... so sad. I certainly wouldn't want to reread this.
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book Enjoyed all of this book - could not put it down - not only compelling and readable but very thought-provoking. Read it 4 years ago and the images are still very much with me.
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Page Turner I loved this book, I couldn't put it down. I had to force myself to stop reading at night and get to sleep.
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intense New View! This story takes you on a ride through the mind of a 5 year old. Its so interesting, so broken and so innocent, that I never wanted to put it down.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from didnt want it to end great book first book to get me into thrillers, really tears at your heart and makes you want to find out what happens next
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting novel The story is truly captivating and will leave you on the edge of your seat. However, I did find the characters somewhat frustrating.
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting I was surprised at how much I liked this book!
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! Hard to put down, loved the writing perspective!
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Had a very hard time putting it down Every moment I felt like I was confined in with Jack and seeing everything from his prospective. I couldn't put it down once the story picked up in the middle. I would have loved it if the book was a little longer so we could get a better picture of what happened afterwards.
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nail-biting read This book feels so real, and gives an inside look (though fictionalized) at the horrific stories that appear in our headlines from time to time of kidnappings that have gone on for years. Probably my favourite part was the psychology, and how Jack's entire worldview was formed from his confined space. Very tense read and I don't know if I could read it easily if I had children.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thought provoking insight to resilience of mothers love, and horror within mankind. Inner Evil can surface within anyone, making it seem normal and routine. You won't put this book down once you figure out what has happened. ShockingLy good read.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hard read but interesting story The story was good but slow ( boring) at times.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Read; Interesting Perspective I really enjoyed this book. The author did a really good job of writing from the point of view of Jack. The details she uses, and the things she describes really line up with what a 4 year old would see and care about. Its a lovely story about what a mother will do for her son and the love that parents and children have that can help them survive anything
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Different but couldn't put it down I've always wanted to read this book. But when the movie came out and was making quite some noise on the awards scene I thought it might be time to finally dive into it. And dive did I ever, I read this book, start to finish in one day. I was so enthralled. The wording of the book made me feel and image Jack so perfectly. I felt so heavily for Ma. The movie did NOT do it justice, the book was simply heart wrenching and had such a different storyline, nothing I've ever read before.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yes It's a very good book. Couldn't put it down. The author is very clever about introducing things to us that the perspective she's writing from doesn't know/understand - I don't think the story is limited by perspective more than it is elevated by it.
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from interesting and hard read Good story I felt it was a little unresolved but good overall book
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book Difficult read but once you get into it its an excellent book. Really enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great A bit difficult to read once you realize it is all in the child's perspective. Because he is naïve, the things he is describing vs what you know is happening makes it hard to get through the book without some tears! Very cleverly done
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from skilled writer Difficult read because of the material but still wonderful. Loved the movie too. Excellent
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good I would like to give it 3.5 stars but you can't do halves. The beginning of the novel was absolutely incredible. Afterwards, however, things slowed down and did not read nearly as well. The events were good, but the perspective did not stay as engaging.
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really good! this book was amazing. I love how the author wrote the book in a child's point of view. Definitely recommend reading!
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I'm on the fence I think with everything I heard about this book and the movie, I had high expectations about this book. I liked it, it got a little annoying for some reason. This would be a good resource to use for a social work type class discussion attachment.
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intense This was an intense and moving book, difficult to read but impossible to put down.
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldnt put it down! Best book ive read, i couldnt put it down until it was done, sad but a very interesting read.
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Nope Only part that I loved were the part where the boy described the room.
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Torn I have read the book and while I wanted to finish, it didn't touch me as much as other stories.
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mixed feelings for this Very hard to read but also hard to put down. Harsh reality lesson.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Impossible to put down, but so hard to read It was absolutely impossible to put this book down. The author does an excellent job of drawing in the reader. You really care for the characters, which makes their circumstances so much more horrific.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Creepy! It took me a while to actually start this book, as I thought it might be a bit upsetting. It was. But, it was a very compelling story and I really did enjoy it.
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good Very Powerful and intense read
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Great book! Couldn't put it down :) #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from loved it i couldnt put it down! such an interesting perspective
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! This is a great book! It is written in Jack's perspective meaning you are seeing the world through this young boy's eyes. It is a captivating book! I suggest to watch the movie after :)
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Didn't see it coming! Capturing and heart-breaking story!
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! This book was so good. Narrated by a five year old, you see how he was raised in Room and that's all he's ever known. Life outside of Room is even more interesting because you see how foreign our world is to Jack. Very interesting read. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting story This book took awhile to read but was still interesting
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay book. Was good in the beginning but then kinda of dragged on.
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good! ** spoiler alert ** I liked this book. It was easy to read and quick and there were times that I was really emotionally affected by the story (when Jack kisses her breasts goodbye) but sometimes I found it hard to follow his train of thought because he didn't understand what certain things were and was describing to the best of his ability. Like when he was talking about "some" it took me about three mentions before I knew what he meant. I also found myself getting frustrated at how difficult he was and how much his mother had to put up with. I would have preferred actually to hear it from her point of view because I think it would have been more interesting but I don't think it would have stood out as "original" and "unique" if it had been from her as opposed to him. I also didn't see too much evidence of the love between them as I would have liked. Sure she said that she loved her son but most of the time it felt like it would have been better off without him. Able to recover in peace especially with how hard she tried to keep her space from him and how frustrated she was. They two of them argued so much it was difficult to feel that love there. In the movie preview it is all there but here it felt like a tug and pull battle. I was also kind of startled by how people treated Jack. When he touched his cousin's vagina? Yeah that's a no no but he was five and curious and I think at that age there isn't that thought of "oh i shouldn't touch that" so for his aunt to slap his hand and make him bleed (not on purpose of course but the violence of it) was kind of jarring. And taking him to the mall before the dinosaur museum. You know this kid has been in essentially prison his whole life right? Maybe his needs should be before your errands. As I write this I'm wondering why I rated it so high even after I brought it down a star but I did enjoy it. It was quick paced and easy to read and his interpretation of the world was very innocent but very honest. Talking about not knowing what will hurt him in the outside world and then unsure how the world could hold so much. I might have to read it a second time and do some analysis of the story (my psychologist mind) and watch the movie to have a concrete opinion but for now I liked it but felt that there was something missing. Something that fell short of it's potential. Ps The story didn't stay with me as much as I thought it would. Maybe it's because only one book has kind of stayed with me after and that it is mainly movies that stay with me so maybe after the movie I will feel that connection more. Pss The preview for the movie showed Jack falling into a white man while in the book he was hispanic. I feel like that was a very unnecessary detail to change.
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No So boring, dragged on. It took me over a month to get through this book. Idea was good but did not live up to expectations. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! This book wasn't exactly what I thought it would be, and I found it hard to get into at the beginning but once I was in it engulfed me and I couldn't put it down. Great execution. If you are hesitating, stop and read this book
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book, but the end is uneventful This is a very well written book! I wasn't sure if I'd like the fact that it was written from the perspective of a 4 year old, however this made it so much better, and different from other 'trapped in a room' stories (i.e. flowers in the attic, the cellar, movie Split). I kept thinking something would happen at the end, but it just sort of slowed down. I still loved it though, but might be a little bit slow at the end for someone who prefers fast-paced books.
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Powerful in the beginning Very powerful and emotive 100 pages or so, then I find it descends into a very disappointing ending and becomes very tiresome.
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripping, unpredictable, and well-executed. Since purchasing this book in 2011, I have read it many times and lent it to all of my loved ones. The voice used for narration is so believable. Before you catch the (albeit excellent) Bree Larson flick, do yourself a favour and bury your face between the pages of Emma Donoghue's "Room".
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked it I read this after finishing the Wonder and could not help but notice that Donahue has either an issue or theme of enclosure in her works as both stories take place mainly in one limited setting. This is also true of her upcoming piece The Lotteries at Home which has all the characters in a Victorian Home living peaceably until My Grump arrives. either way her plots are always interesting. I think Donaghues imagery and symbolism would make a great Masters or PHd hessian.
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING. I found the first bit of the book very hard to get into but once I did I couldn't put it down. A heart wrenching book. I am going to treasure this forever.
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It It took me a few years to finally start reading this book for whatever reason... if you're on the fence about reading it, I definitely suggest you start reading! It wasn't anything like I thought it would be, and had an original idea with an interesting narrator perspective. Equally disturbing and uplifting, with lots of suspense. I didn't want to put it down and I think I read it in a day! I highly suggest you read this book, and then check out Donoghue's newest, The Wonder, for another great read.
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT Could not put this book down and was disappointed when it was done! The book grapples hold of you and the suspense is thrilling!!!! Emma Donahue lets the reader feel the characters in this book!
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! Enjoyed how it was written from the perspective of the child and not the mother. Very thought provoking - makes one realize how much we take for granted every day.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! This book is read in the perspective of a five year old, so it is not for everyone, but I had a hard time putting it down.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Room This was such a scary book. I loved it an hated it at the same time. I felt really attached to the characters and couldn't wait to see the movie after as it really completed it for me.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Looking forward to it So excited for this book. I've made a point not t watch the movie until I've finished. Such a reasonable price for the paperback as well.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book this is such a great read and i would definitely recommend it to everyone and then watch the movie
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dark but a good story Terrifyingly sad but uplifting at the same time. There were a few times when I doubted a small child would say/think those things but overall I good book that you won't want to put down. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Room Meh... Room was okay. I enjoyed the story.. at times it could be touching and horrifying, but most of it was annoying from the child's POV.
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! A great book from an interesting perspective!
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from so so just read this book. not as interesting as it is.
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing What a journey to walk the view of a five year old in such a dangerous situation! I loved the unique point of view and the passion that went into this book.
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing and horrifying This book is loosely based on true events, which makes it horrifying. The characters are all fictional as are the events in the story. The true part comes in because there is an actual woman who was forced to live under similar circumstances. There is rape, violence, emotional abuse, and may be a difficult read as it could have triggers. The story it told through the eyes of a child, which really gives the reader an unexpected perspective to the situation he finds himself it. I highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well written. Great book. It must read book.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful sadness Fantastic book that will uplift and break your heart at the same time.
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BOOK EVER Hands down best book I've ever read! THIS IS A MUST READ
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing book this is a story you hear on the news, the book puts it into first person and allows you to experience it all from Jack and his mother's perspective and answers the question of what happens next.
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! A very dark story told well!
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable I am glad that the author chose to write from a different perspective. It got a little slow for me in the middle of the book, but overall a good read. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read At first I was having a bit of a hard time getting past Jack, a five year old, being the narrator. I read the first ten pages and put it down for a day because of the writing. But once I picked it back up and pushed passed the first part, I couldn't put the book down. I read 200 pages in one sitting without realizing it. Even though it is about difficult events, It was such a good book!
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not one of my favourites Was really excited to read this book since the movie reviews were so good. Although the book was ok, I think it dragged on too much for me.
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it This book is breathtaking. It starts of slow but once its speeds up, I couldn't put the book down. I loved it.
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so sad but so good incredibly sad story but very interesting story
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal. This book is phenomenal. The plot is - of course - predictable and yet you still never know what you'll find on the next page. Donoghue writes so well that, at one point, I had to get up and open the door of my bedroom because I was feeling claustrophobic. I loved Jack; his five-year-old innocence combined with a depth and intelligence resulting from his unique upbringing was absolutely captivating. I loved Ma; her love for Jack gave her something to live for but didn't completely erase her struggles. I loved their story from the first page to the last.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from amazing was sad but written so great
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites this year I liked reading this book from the child's perspective. Difficult subject matter, but a strong piece of reading.
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from emotional but beautiful this was one of the saddest books ive ever read but like it says on the cover, it shows a mothers devotion.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT READ! As a teacher, this has been one of the best books I have read! I mean the plot itself is quite heavy becausei t deals with rape but how Ma raised Jack in confinement is just wondrous. I also love love how Donoghue writes which is also a plus, so that is great! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-11

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 ()