Book Review : Room by Emma Donoghue

May 19, 2016 Book review, Green Giants 8 ★★★★★

Green Giants is my feature where I share some of my favourite books by Irish Authors.   I’m passionate about Irish Authors, they supply us with an entertaining and exciting mix of books, hopefully you will find something new to try.  Today I’m featuring Room by Emma Donoghue which had me whizzing though its pages at top speed.

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Room has been on my to-read pile for a while but as soon as the film came out this became a high priority read. Well that and also because I posted a picture on my Instagram and said I was planning to read it soon and my friends basically started screaming at me to drop everything and read it NOW. So I listened!


Book Review : Room by Emma DonoghueRoom by Emma Donoghue
Published by Picador on January 7th 2011
Genres: Contemporary, Emotions & Feelings, Realistic Fiction, Suspense
Pages: 401
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

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.

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First Line of Room by Emma Donoghue:


“Today I’m Five.”


My Thoughts on Room by Emma Donoghue:


I went into this one pretty much blind. I knew it was an abduction scenario and I knew that the abducted girl gave birth to a boy and the book was about their life in the Room where they are enslaved.

Simple but insightful

The book is told from the point of view of five year old Jack and while initially this makes it a very simple read, it is also very insightful. Jack just doesn’t believe in the real world and watching him trying to understand that there is more to the world than Room is just so painfully real. I could understand his bewilderment and confusion and he is just so damn innocent, it is heartbreaking.

And I have to admire Ma so much. She is so resilient and has done everything to give Jack a life within room. She is so creative and loving and I admire her little rules and rituals that get them both through everyday in their 12 by 12 room. So much so that Jack is perfectly happy with his life until Ma starts to layout just what they are missing out on.


“Jack. He’d never give us a phone, or a window. “Ma takes my thumbs and squeezes them. “We are people in a book, and he won’t let anybody else read it.”


Repetitive to smash home a point

Telling this book from the narrative of a five year old is a bit confusing at first and it takes time to get into the flow. And it can seem a bit repetitive but that is because their life is repetitive so I think it gets that point across perfectly. I actually think the narrative was PERFECTION as I felt it was such an authentic voice and it got me right into the heart of the book.

As I hadn’t been spoilt for this book before I read it, I was on the edge of my seat reading at times. At one stage I thought I was going to have a heart attack as I was ten steps beyond tense.

Feels, feels, feels

Overall this one is emotionally loaded, painfully real and totally absorbing. And best of all the structure of the book and the voice of Jack makes it such a unique read. A MUST READ!


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: five-stars


Who should read Room by Emma Donoghue?

Well I think it’s a must-read so I guess I’m saying everyone who hasn’t read it. Obviously there is abuse in the book but nothing is described and there are no graphic scenes. I think if you enjoyed The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas then you would also like this one.  Fans of authors such as Liane Moriarty and Paula Hawkins should also give it a go.



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8 Responses to “Book Review : Room by Emma Donoghue”

  1. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I’m not sure I can handle this one! Just the blurb makes me want to start sobbing. I’ve heard it’s amazing and I didn’t know Donoghue was Irish! That has me a little more interested and I’m glad to hear tat the violence isn’t graphic. Maybe I should brave it? I’m glad you enjoyed it even if if the narration took some getting used to.
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  2. Laurel-Rain Snow

    I was looking at this book just last night, trying to decide WHEN I should read it. You see, I’ve already seen the movie. So have I spoiled the read?

    Maybe not. I saw the movie Brooklyn before I read the book, and that worked out just fine.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
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  3. Dawn OBrien

    it was brilliant wasn’t it, and it reminded me of the boy in the striped pyjamas too! I think both these films were good adaptations too, I don’t usually like films after reading the book.

  4. Lark

    I haven’t read this…yet. But I have seen the movie. It’s great. And it made me want to read the book even more. (Of course, it made everyone else want to read it, too, which is why I haven’t been able to get a copy at the library.) 🙂
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  5. S. J. Pajonas

    This is one of those books I know (I KNOW) will be really powerful and amazing, and I cannot pick it up. As a mom to two kids, this scenario frightens the heck out of me. I’m pretty sure I’d sob through the whole book.
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