I discovered Room by Emma Donoghue when the movie adaption of the book was released in the United States. It seemed like everyone was talking about this captivating book and movie, and I knew I needed to read the book. And… wow. Room is truly a masterpiece. This was my second time reading the book, as part of my bookshelf project for this year, and it was even better the second time. My husband and I also recently watched the movie, which is equally as stunning and one of the better book-to-movie adaptions that I have had the pleasure of watching.
Room is the story of a little boy and his mother, who are being held captive in an eleven by eleven room, told from the perspective of the boy. He was born in Room, and it is all he knows. His mother, who you learn was taken from the street when she was a teenager, has done her best to make a good life for them both, despite their circumstances. Room is a gorgeous tale of a mother’s love, a little boy’s resilience, and the world they create together inside Room.
Although it can be initially hard to get used to, telling Room from Jack’s perspective makes this story what it is. Room would not be itself without Jack’s perspective. His voice is what makes this story so captivating, so beautiful. Reading this book makes you quiet, leaves you contemplative, and leaves you stunned. It is a magnificent story that everyone should read at least once.
Room by Emma Donoghue gets 5/5 stars.