Thursday, July 16, 2015

Book Review: Room (Emma Donoghue)

By: Emma Donoghue
   Genre: Crime, Mystery

"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."

   Room is a book that pulled me in right from the start. It's an amazing perspective to experience, not only because it's written in the mind of a five year old boy, but because it inspires you and makes your heart ache in the same sentence. 
    I will admit, toward the last bit, a little more than half way through, I had to force myself to keep reading... I just felt that there wasn't a great deal of interesting topics during that time, but the beginning and the end were amazing (I'm not going to say whether or not they were happy endings...that's for you to find out).
   One of the things I really liked about this book was that you can see the character development of Jack, the young protagonist, and you also can see the development of Ma, his mother. Jack was very smart, and I often forgot he was only portrayed as a five year old boy, but I adored him all the same.
    The ending was my absolute favorite part of this book, I think that Donoghue wrapped up this book splendidly, if fit the overall theme and attitude of the characters remarkably well, and I couldn't find anything about it to be unhappy was the first ending I have been happy with in a while.

   Overall? Overall, I think that, no matter how you see the world presently, you will look up from the last page of this book, fighting tears, and see the world in a completely different light; the affect this book has will linger, and leave you thinking about the world in a whole new way.


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