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Room by Emma Donoghue – #fbf #bookreview


Roomย byย Emma Donoghue

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ Emotional Stars


To five-year-old-Jack, Room is the world….

Told in the inventive, funny, and poignant voice of Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience – and a powerful story of a mother and son whose love lets them survive the impossible.

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.


It’s really difficult to review this book, 1 because of the subject matter and 2 because of the narration.

The story is narrated by a 5 year old little boy called Jack.
He lives in ‘Room’ with ‘Ma’ this is the only place he has ever known as he was born there.

Room is 11ft by 11ft with a bath, cooker a bed, a wardrobe all of the creature comforts you would ever want and Jack is happy!

Ma is not happy…..

Ma was kidnapped at the age of 19 and put into the room and has not been able to leave for 7 years!

Jack has lots of friends, he has Bed, Wardrobe, Plant, Egg Snake and Dora in TV.

Because the whole story is told from Jacks POV you never really understand everything that is happening in Room but you can feel it.

You can feel it when they look at ‘Watch’ and it is 8.47pm and he runs into ‘Wardrobe’ to his bed so that he isn’t there when ‘Old Nick’ comes in at 9pm….

You can feel it when he counts the grunts until it goes quiet and Old Nick leaves…

You can feel it when Jack speaks about people in TV not being really real, and ‘Outside’ is outer space ……

๐ŸŽง๐ŸŽง – Narrated by Michal Friedman & Ellen Archer

The narration is hard at first, and I felt guilty about being a bit fed up with it after a few chapters, it started to grate my nerves, but after that I understoodย whyย it was done like that.

A good but difficult read.

๐Ÿ“ฃI have since found out this morning while posting this Flashback Friday review that one of the narrators of this book Michal Friedman has since died.
It was announced here –ย…

This is incredibly sad, and although it was a few years ago i hope her husband and children are doing ok.

Be Prepared,



We are Berit and Vicci... two girls from different parts of the world who were brought together by Goodreads and a love of all things books ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ“š

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