Alyssa’s Reviews – Room by Emma Donoghue

Hi everyone and welcome to a late night edition of Reading, Reading, Reading!

I took a week off of my Holiday Reading posts because I had a handful of projects and tests that I did last week, so I figured I would take the week off and relax! Going forward, I will not be posting everyday for the rest of the month, but this week I will be coming out with three posts (including this one) to share with you all!

This evening I have for you a book review of a book I just recently finished. I actually had to read this novel for an independent study unit in my english course. I really enjoyed it, so I thought I would provide a small review of it for all of you!


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.


This book was absolutely brilliant. I had never read anything like this novel, and it was quite eye opening. To have the perspective come from a 5 year old boy who is very naive and doesn’t really know what is going on is very different to any other books made today. I also had never read any novels in which a large theme of it was related to rape and kidnapping. That was definitely the eye opening part. It definitely did not make me afraid for my life, so please do not let that discourage you from reading it.

The characters of Ma and Jack were absolutely lovely. Ma has raised Jack very well for being under such insane circumstances, especially with her background story while living in the house (no spoilers, but it is sad and crazy). Jack is a loveable young boy who is very creative in the way he talks and thinks. If you really process it, you will see that he actually acts very mature for his age, especially being raised under such horrible circumstances. I guess he didn’t know anything other than being inside the room and that is why he acted that way.

The ending of the book was very fast paced and intense. Just when you think everything  is heading to a happy ending, something almost tragic happens and scares the s*** out of you. I was reading this book in my school’s library and I literally couldn’t hear anything going on around me because I was that locked into the book.

Overall, I give this book 5/5 stars. It was so unique and beautifully written, and I truly don’t think I will read another that novel that comes close to this one.

Have you read Room? Let me know your thoughts on it in the comments below!

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Good Night Book Owls!



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