Room by Emma Donoghue
4.5Overall Score

Room by Emma Donoghue

Room is an enticing story by Emma Donoghue. It’s a story of two people captive and living their whole world in one room.

The story is told from the perspective of Jack, a five year old boy who was born into the room two years after his mother was made captive. Jack believes the whole world is just in one room and is unaware of how the captivity in room by ‘Old Nick.’

The story starts with the pair held captive, moving onto their journey to escape and the final transition to the outside world. It is quite gripping to see relationships form with each other along with  the awkwardness and development of reconnecting with family.

For me what I really enjoyed about the story is how I was so drawn to the characters. Personally it doesn’t happen often that I experience such a page turner, as it can take me quite a while to read a book.

On the flip side, it’s not for the fragile kind. The story in the eyes of Jack who is deprived of so much in his little life and his journey to freedom can send a shiver through your veins.

Room has recently being adapted into a award winning film, which I have yet to see. Personally I always prefer to read the book first.

Room book by Emma Donoghue - on table with rose petals


Favourite quotes: “In the bathroom I hear people talking Spanish, only Ma says the word for it is Chinese. There’s hundreds different ways to talk, that makes me dizzy.”

Perfect place to read: On a bus ride or anywhere while waiting — for example airports, appointments etc. Anywhere that allows you keep reading as the story is a real page turner.

If this book was a food: It would have to be crackers with hummus. Addictive and sometimes giving you a feeling of upset but always totally guilt free.

Have you read Room, or seen the film?