Book Review: Room by Emma Donoghue


“Scared is what you’re feeling. Brave is what you’re doing.”

41st – Room by Emma Donoghue

Rating: ❤❤❤❤ (Good read, definitely!)

What is it about: To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it’s not enough…not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son’s bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.

What I Love: With a unique theme, a unique storyteller, a unique set-up, this is indeed an epic read.

The characters will intrigue you and will make you root for them.

It is one heart hitting reads.

What I Don’t Love Much: The end becomes a bit confused.

Wise Words: “Everybody’s damaged by something.”

“People don’t always want to be with people. It gets tiring.” 

“Stories are a different kind of true.”

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.
Photo and Story Summary: Goodreads and Unsplash

19 thoughts on “Book Review: Room by Emma Donoghue”

    1. Eccentric Muse – What made you put it down? I’m always curious about why folks stop reading books.

      Rosema – great review as always. I’ve heard a lot about this book. I’m not sure it’s my kind of book but you’ve made me curious.

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    2. For me, it was emotionless and annoying. Reading from a 5-year-old’s POV is not my cup of tea. Also, I felt as if the plot was not progressing. I just couldn’t like this book.


  1. I like, if I may, the last quotation about stories. More so, I like the review. The situation of this story is indeed unique, especially regarding a single room being a good place, if only for a time. (Though, ironically, I live in a studio.) I like precocious children, so I figure I’ll like Jack. Thank you, sister!

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