Posted by: terrytek | June 16, 2011

Room by Emma Donoghue

Year published: 2011

Genre: Contemporary fiction

Rating: 5 (out of 5)

Pros:

  1. Highly unique story
  2. Point-of-view is interesting and voiced consistently

Cons:

  1. Some people I know have read this book and found the subject matter distasteful. For example, my 20-yr. old son said he thought the book was “well done but a little creepy”!

Warning: following discussion contains spoilers

 
Room is the story of five-year-old Jack and his mother, who live in the same “room” 24 hours a day. It is told from Jack’s point of view, and the author does a very good job of using Jack’s voice (although I would have to say, Jack is a pretty intelligent five-year-old to be able to express himself the way that he does in this book). As the book goes on, we find out why this mother and child are confined. I don’t want to give everything away, but I think the parts of the story where we find out how Jack and his mother got in this situation are as interesting as the parts where they are in Room. I’ve never read a book quite like this, and I found it to be truly original and compelling.

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