Room By Emma Donoghue


Synopsis taken from Goodreads

To five-year-old-Jack, Room is the world. . . . It’s where he was born, it’s where he and his Ma eat and sleep and play and learn. 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’s the prison where she has been held for seven years. Through her fierce love for her son, she has created a life for him in this eleven-by-eleven-foot space. But with Jack’s curiosity building alongside her own desperation, she knows that Room cannot contain either much longer.




3.75 Absolutely beautiful.

Room is the story of a Little boy Jack and his Ma’s life so far. They are trapped in a room after Ma was snatched by Old Nick.

Jack is born into Room and it is his entire world, his Ma is fierce and protects and teaches him. She keeps him as healthy and happy as she can while looking for a way out to save them both.

Room is told from Jacks POV so the writing is simplistic but surprisingly deep and meaningful the descriptors are all that of a 5 year old who doesn’t understand everything in life but by his own reasoning we know what is going on in the story.
When I started on the first sentence I was a bit worried about having a 5 year old narrator but the story was impeccable and wouldn’t have the same impact if it was told by anyone else.

What I really loved about this story was the emotions and underlining themes of what is real. All through the story I couldn’t stop thinking about how a parents world is a child’s world. Children don’t know better if I was raised in one room and heard about amazing things outside I would be able to imagine them either. One of my favorite descriptive scenes was when Jack was trying to figure out how all the things on TV were arranged Outside.
How did they stick to the ground? Where did the ocean go? Was is swirling and floating everything around?

There were heartbreaking parts and I was on my edge of my seat. this story is truly a story of a Mother and child’s love conquering grave circumstances and learning how to live again.


This story was beautiful and really showed the courage of human strength and the damage people are left with after such traumatic experiences.



The ending was perfect for me although I wouldn’t mind a epilogue showing Jack as a teenager or adult.

A great story but it didn’t blow me away or make me cry but I would recommend it 🙂 I can’t wait to see the movie. Unfortunately I can’t find a copy of it anywhere! I’ll keep looking for it though.

8 thoughts on “Room By Emma Donoghue

  1. I’ve been wanting to read this one for awhile, but I didn’t know anyone who had read it, which made me a little hesitant to pick it up. (Largely because of the same concerns you had.) But thanks to your review, I’m definitely going to read it! 🙂

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    1. I’m still trying to find the movie! I thought it would have been available somewhere but not until the 25/5 ! 😮 I can’t wait to watch it, the Trailer and all the reviews I’ve see have been fantastic ☺️

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      1. I saw it on a flight in January and although its not as good as the book (they never are!) I really liked it. Gave me goose bumps!

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        1. Oooh I can’t wait to watch it! No they’re never the same. I try not to hate to much on book to movie adaptations but sometimes they completely destroy the characters for me!

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