Review: Room by Emma Donaghue

Rating: 5/5 stars

Room is a wonderful novel written in the perspective of five year old Jack, who lives locked in a room with his ma.

At first I wasn't too keen on the fact is was written in the perspective of a five year old boy but despite the fact it did take a few pages to get use to his language, I much preferred it this way. The book could have easily been written from the mothers perspective but the fact it is written from the perspective of such a young boy who has not been able to experience the world at all makes it so much unbelievably moving.

The beginning of the book was probably my favourite - getting to know Jack and his ma, their routine and the room. The writing seems so positive yet makes you feel so upset as you see the life of Jack who doesn't know any different to the life he's living, but as a reader, you are aware of all the things he has yet to experience and all the things he should not have to experience.

The second half of the book I didn't enjoy quite as much but this is just my personal opinion. The second is still written amazingly though and wouldn't fault it for it. I wasn't sure where it was going and was a little bit worried it was going to have a bit of a dull and meaningless ending that I'd really dislike but I felt the ending was beautiful in every way. The beginning and the end are probably the two parts of the books which I felt upset/move me the most.

Jack and his Ma are incredibly well developed characters I feel and this is probably due to most of the book focusing just around them, especially the first half. Because it just mainly Jack and his Ma to begin with, you get to know basically every detail of their life which I actually thoroughly enjoyed. Usually, if a book was described as just describing the routine, I would probably be put off as this does sound pretty boring for the normal person but Jack and his Ma have such a unique way they have to live that it's actually made surprisingly interesting.

There were of course other characters mentioned in the book but I found Jack and his Ma my favourite and most loveable, though it was definitely worth having them in there though I don't want to mention too much due to spoilers.

I was looking forward to reading Room when I finally decided to pick it up and start but I did not think I would love it as much as I do. I don't know whether it's because it makes a huge change from all the YA I have read recently or whether it's just a truly beautiful and moving novel. Room is definitely one of my new favourite books! Emma Donaghue has done an amazing job at writing such a beautiful  book.

Published by Lucy Channing


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