Book + Movie Review: Room by Emma Donoghue



Room by Emma Donoghue

I found out about this book while watching all the Award shows on TV  (the movie adaptation got so many nominations). I got really interested in the whole concept and decided to give the book a try.

My Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Synopsis (Goodreads):

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


I want to start by saying that reading this book was a huge step outside of my comfort zone, I normally don’t read Adult Fiction so I’m really happy I gave it try! This book was definitely a unique and interesting read as it was written from a five year old’s perspective, though I do admit it took a few pages to get used to it. This book didn’t really blow me away but it was definitely intriguing enough to keep me reading until the very end. I will say though this book was brilliant because it managed to capture the mindset of a five-year-old in a believable way.

I don’t have much to say about this book, it was sometimes hard to read because at some points the book was written in such a way that you pick up on clues that Jack as a five-year-old wasn’t able to understand and these scenes just broke my heart.

This is quick read (just over 300 pages), and reading from a small boy’s perspective was an interesting concept but for me it sometimes got tiring. I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I though I would but I understand that this book is not really for everyone (you either love it or hate it) so I’m not too disappointed.

So yeah I recommend this book if you’re into adult fiction/contemporary and I know it blew a lot of people away, so it wouldn’t hurt to give it a try.


room-movie-poster-2015.jpgMy Rating: 7.5 of 10

This was one of those rare cases when I liked the movie better than the book because it was easier to watch than reading an entire book written from a five-year-olds perspective and that made me appreciate the story more somehow (I was able to feel more than I did while reading the book). This movie was really true to the book but I feel like in this case it couldn’t have gone any other way (because of the way the book was written plus the author wrote the screenplay.)

Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay definitely portrayed Ma and Jack amazingly. I liked the kids’ performance most though, he really blew me away as Jack.

This was such a good movie, I totally recommend watching it. Thanks for reading!


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2 thoughts on “Book + Movie Review: Room by Emma Donoghue

  1. Good review 🙂 I liked both the book and the movie. I probably liked the movie better too, but I did like the how the boy didn’t understand what was going on all the time in the book. I think it helped to heighten tension in an interesting way while still being believable. In the movie, although one can observe how the boy is thinking, it is a little harder to really get into his head. Also, I thought the kid who played the boy did a fabulous job. You?

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    1. Thank you!… I see where you’re coming from about being in Jacks head but I just couldn’t ‘connect’ (for lack of a better word) with his character in the book so I preferred the movie version of him mostly because the child actor was amazing I agree, he really did justice to the character!

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