Room | Book Review

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 listened to this on Audible, and it was definitely the best choice for me. Room is narrated by five-year old Jack whose whole existence is contained within an 11×11 shed. He distinguishes things as either being real or tv as his Ma shelters him from what he’s missing out.

This book is an emotional rollercoaster. The innocence of the narrator hits home hard. However I think I was lucky in the fact that I listened to it because I think that the immature narrator wouldn’t come across quite as strongly on the page. Not only that but I think I would find it annoying to read. Having Jack’s perspective changes the horrors of the situation, in some cases they become intense and in others they aren’t as sharp. It adds a completely different dynamic to the story. I definitely think that the way Jack’s mind works progresses the story forward, his reactions to things such as his uncle and other family members. It makes the entire situation feel like the nightmare it is.

I think the way the story progresses is natural and it highlights the real life difficulties going forward.

Spoilers!!

There will be spoilers going forward. I was hoping to avoid them but the story line means I can’t. Sorry!


The story moves in a natural progression and it soon becomes obvious that their escape is the least of their worries. The world holds a lot more for each of them to conquer. I love this part of the book, you watch Jack as he struggles with the vastness of the world, and Ma’s lack of support. Ma begins to struggle with feelings of guilt and realising the impact Room had on Jack.

The two characters are growing together in a brand new situation and the emotions are very raw. I think that this second half of the book is my favourite. It’s definitely the one that makes me feel the most. You’re expecting a happy ending because after everything that’s what this family deserves, but it doesn’t work like that. The story ends in a more realistic way and I really appreciated that.

All in all this book is completely emotive journey.

Have you read a book that gave you all the emotions and feels? Let me know what it is down below!

4 Comments

  1. June Wrap Up | thebookbloglife

    July 1, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    […] I listened to this on Audible. It follows a young boy and his Ma as they live in an 11×11 shed in the backyard of their captor. This book is an emotional rollercoaster that leaves you gasping for air by the end. I couldn’t believe the impact of having a 5 year old narrator. It was intense. I wrote an entire review here. […]

  2. Susie | Novel Visits

    October 12, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    I though Room was amazing too! I’m reviewing Emma Donoghue’s new book, The Wonder, tomorrow.

  3. thebookbloglife

    October 13, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    I adore the language! It was well done. I’ll make sure to check your review out!

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