Book Review: Room by Emma Donoghue

My second read of the holiday season:

I was a little apprehensive about reading this book right now – I thought it might be too creepy of a read for the holiday season. But it has been on my wish list for a year now, and a friend just passed a copy on to me (thanks friend!) so I just had to delve in. I finished it in two days. It was a real page turner, and surprisingly un-creepy despite the premise. The book is from the point of view of a five year old boy who lives with his mother in a locked 11 foot by 11 foot room. The room is all he has ever known, because he was born there.  But he is growing bigger and more inquisitive and his mother eventually has to admit to him that there is a world outside…

The book was very good. The plot was fast moving. I loved the workings of the five year old mind. It was original. Inventive. Thought-provoking. I give it four stars out of five. I thought the mother character (all the adult characters actually) could have had a little more depth. And over-all it wasn’t really enlightening or mind-broadening in any way.

If you’ve been looking at it for a while, but haven’t picked it up yet – I’d say go for it.


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