If you read my book babbles, you will know that this is the book that I had been reading. I originally wanted to read this before the movie comes out, but in the middle of reading this, I changed my mind. I don’t think that I’ll be able to watch the movie at all; I would cry way too much.
Rating : ☺☺☺☺☹
Do I recommend it : Yes, beware of tears though
Would I reread it : Honestly, no even though I loved it.
Room is a heart wrenching story about a boy named Jack, who thinks that the whole world is Room. His Ma did a great job raising him in an 11 by 11 room, in almost medieval-like circumstances, yet he is still able to read and write and talk. To him, this is normal, but to his mom, this is a nightmare. She’s a victim of a kidnapping that happened years ago, and this place is where she was kept for all these years. The captor comes often to bring them the bare necessities, until one day, Ma finally finds a way to escape, using Jack. As they get out of this nightmare, you’d expect everything to get better… But do they?
↙ What I didn't like about the book :
Eek. The characters. I understand that the book is narrated through the point of view of a 5 year old boy, but sometimes the way he acted was so annoying it made me want to stop reading. I feel like Donoghue didn’t need to add so many details of his behaviour, because it felt like she simply wanted to make things realistic (when they were realistic enough already).
I feel like the plot advanced way too fast at times, whilst in the beginning it went way too slowly. Once the Great Escape happens, it feels like everything was happening at once, when the book started very slow and steady. Again, the middle part and Great Escape part felt rushed.
↗ What I liked about the book :
The mother was my favourite character, because her love for her son was so strong and really makes you realize the importance of a mother’s love. She was ready to do anything for Jack and protected him in every way she could’ve, and always tried to hid the bad from him. I don’t know how she put up with him, because after a few pages I was so done with Jack.
The plot was very addicting and really kept you into the story. After you get through the first 50-ish pages, everything goes by at a super fast pace and all you want to know is the ending and how everything happens. Plus, you get a lot more information on the characters that you didn’t know before, because if the GE didn’t happen, everything wouldn’t have been said. As one secret is revealed, more problems are caused and Donoghue did an amazing job at keeping the reader into the book. I simply wasn’t able to put the book down!
How real this book was was definitely my favourite part. I was skeptical to read this book after I found out that Ma and Jack became “celebrities” after the Great Escape, and I thought that they would adapt super easily to this and whatnot, but it wasn’t the case. This book showed how hard it was for them to get back into the real world and adapt to it even though everything seemed to be perfect (they had medical assistance, family, etc.)
I highly suggest you read the book! If you’re more used to reading Y.A., it might be a weird read (at least to me it was) but it was really eye-opening and beautiful. I have watched the trailer for the movie and although it seemed non-linear (compared to the book), it actually looked like it was pretty good… Let’s see how right I am! Thanks for reading,
☺☺☺☺☺ : Flawless
☺☺☺☺☹ : Very good, a few flaws
☺☺☺☹☹ : Enjoyable
☺☺☹☹☹ : Okay, would not reread
☺☹☹☹☹ : Disliked, do not recommend