The Bottom Line
- Unique, intriguing story that hooks readers from the first page
- The first person narrative by Jack gives the story warmth and an original perspective
- Provides plenty of discussion material
- A few readers might grow weary of the idiosyncratic voice of Jack
- 'Room' by Emma Donoghue was first published in the U.S. in September 2010.
- Publisher: Little, Brown
- 321 pages
Guide Review - 'Room' by Emma Donoghue - Book Review
Despite its horrifying premise, Room isn't a scary book. Told from Jack's perspective in a stream-of-consciousness narrative, Room is about Jack -- the similarities he shares with other children his own age but mostly the differences caused by living in almost-solitary confinement, not knowing about the existence of the world and everything it contains. It's about the love between a mother and child regardless of circumstances
Room is unlike any book I've read. It grabbed me from the very first page and didn't leave my thoughts for the two days it took to read. Room will appeal to many types of readers. It's a quick, relatively light read about a serious subject. Those with an interest in child development and early childhood education will be especially intrigued by its themes, but I think everyone will enjoy this chilling but ultimately satisfying story.