Give it 50 Pages - Room

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Room by Emma Donoghue is one of those books where reading the back cover or inside flap might turn you away, but really... give it 50 pages.

Author: Emma Donoghue
Rating: 4 stars
Picture: Goodreads

Jack has just celebrated his fifth birthday. He and Ma even ate cake to celebrate. Most days are spent doing chores, watching all the different planets on TV and playing with Ma in Room. To Jack the whole world consists of Room. But to Ma it is her place of captivity; kidnapped by Old Nick and trying to think of a way to escape.

As the days pass, Ma knows that Room is no longer big enough for both her and Jack. She devises a plan for the Great Escape to Outside, to a world that Jack has never even imagined.

This was not a book I had originally wanted to read. I went to the library with my friend Colleen (since we are trying to get our 2-person book club going again) to pick out some books. After reading the inside cover, I said I would give it a try, fully thinking I would put it down after 50 pages.

To my great surprise, I was hooked after those 50 pages. I had all these questions about Jack and Ma running through my head. Would they escape? Could they get past Old Nick? If they did escape would they know where to go to find help? It was such a thrill reading it.

Unfortunately while the second half of the book was still interesting, I didn't find it quite as page turning. It was captivating to read about Jack and Ma and how their lives had been changed, but I suppose I'm more of a thriller junkie.

One thing I did find quite tedious about the book was the repetitive nature. I feel like it could have been a little shorter. I suppose Donoghue was trying to allow her audience to understand the repetitive and almost OCD nature of Jack and his mom while in Room.

Overall, I would definitely give this book a try. At least give it the first 50 pages before you decided to write it off. It is well worth your time.

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  1. I might have to try this one out! I want to read something a little different!

    Love Always,

  2. It's been awhile since I read this book, but your description at the beginning of this post brought it all back. I think the author was trying to show the reality of Ma and Jack - it's the same thing every day. I did find Ma was amazing at teaching Jack and keeping him learning though all the difficulties they faced.