Room (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Room (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Emma Donoghue

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A five-year-old narrates a story about his life growing up in a single room where his mother aims to protect him from the man who has held her prisoner for seven years since she was a teenager.  See more details below


A five-year-old narrates a story about his life growing up in a single room where his mother aims to protect him from the man who has held her prisoner for seven years since she was a teenager.

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Room 4 out of 5 based on 4 ratings. 3153 reviews.
LCH47 More than 1 year ago
THE ROOM is about the special strength, determination and splendor of a Mother's love and of a woman's will to survive against all odds. This was a fantastic story! It is imaginative, creative, unique and beautifully written. This is narrated and seen through the eyes of a five year old boy, Jack. Imagine seeing the world from the perspective of a child, experiencing life for the first time, his innocent thoughts that adults could actually learn something from. Jack's mother had been kidnapped and placed inside a stifling small space, a bathroom, some basic cooking equipment, and a TV. Over a period of years, she gives birth to Jack, and he too is kept locked inside, so his view of "the world" is so limited, not even to have seen daylight. What imagination it had to have taken to create this realistic view of such horror and innocence. This is an experience to behold and nightmares maybe experienced long after.
csaint More than 1 year ago
In this warped tale of a ma and her 5 yr. old son, everything you know about the world is taken in to question. The child's perspective is unique as he has only ever known Room and when he is let on on to to world for the first time ever you will be saddened and overjoyed as he overcomes the obstacles of this big and different place. Not long in to the story I was truly captivated by the characters and rooting for their triumphs! This book should be read by everyone! Definitely worth your while..
Ree_Anderson More than 1 year ago
Wow. Really, just wow. This book is, by far, my favorite read of 2010. I admit that coming into it, I was skeptical. SO much hype, so much buzz, so much chatter about how wonderful and fantastic and lovely this book is.could it really hold up to that? Could it deliver as promised? Oh yes.yes it could. It does. It did. Room is -spectacular- on so many levels. The story is told from the point of view of Jack, a 5 year old little boy who has never seen the world beyond that of the single room in which he and his mother live. His world consists of that room, his Ma, and the fantasy land inside the television. It's amazing how spot on the author was able to portray a curious, intelligent, and yet very socially handicapped young child. His voice was so plaintive, so real, that it makes the reader want to reach into the pages and hug him close. I could just go on and on about every tiny little thing that I absolutely loved about this book, but I still don't think that I could really do it justice. The novel just packs such a huge emotional punch that you really have to read it yourself to experience the beauty of the author's story. Read Room. You will absolutely not regret it.
Ericasj22 More than 1 year ago
This book gave me great insight as to what its like to be a experience everything for the first time...the demands that adults expect of heinous some people in this world can be... Emma Donohue did a wonderful job with imagining what it must have been like to be locked away for 7 years. My imagination could never have fathomed the circumstances that occur in dwellings like that. (Sigh) Just a great book.
ERRn1 More than 1 year ago
Just finished this emotional book...I must say one of the best books I have ever ever had the pleasure of reading. Dont read too much of what it is about, just know it is about a women and child held in captivity...if you dont know Anything else makes this book even more worthy!!!!!!! Im so sad Im done with it!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Here goes harriet klausner again revealing everything. Her along with these other long winded posters needs to be banned and fined. They ruin a book by telling everything that happens. You plot revealers need to stop and realize that other ppl would like to read the book and be surprised, but thanks to your vain, god complex, there is no need to read the book. Look at other reviews, they simply state if they liked the book or not, they dont dissect every plot point. If you want to debate a book, start a web site, go to facebook, BUT STOP RUINING BOOKS FOR OTHERS!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't enjoy this book at all. The concept was interesting, but telling the story in the voice of a five year old quickly became very annoying. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.
Susesug More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book because of all the positive reviews it received. I found it difficult to get interested in because of the lack of ability of a five year-old to describe effectively the horror of the situation in which he and his mother were living. The child was unable to capture this reader, and likewise, develop empathy for the characters. Just like listening to a child of this age telling an oral story, a little goes a long way. The sentence fragments, limited vocabulary, and repetition made this novel very tiresome to read. To each his or her own, but I had to force myself to the finish line.
lit-in-the-last-frontier More than 1 year ago
Of all the books that I have ever reviewed, I think that this one is the toughest to do without any spoilers. I was very tempted to plaster a warning on my write-up and go for it, quotes and all, but have decided in the end for a quick, unrevealing version. Due to its celebrity, this was a novel which I approached with some caution. When a book is over-hyped, I tend to walk away disappointed because it didn't live up to my expectations. This was certainly not the best novel I ever read, but it stands out in several respects by virtue of sheer originality. Room is, in brief, the story of a nineteen year old woman who is abducted and held captive in an eleven by eleven foot square modified shed, where she spends seven years in captivity and bears a son, Jack. We see their minuscule world through the eyes of Jack, at the age of five. Jack as narrator was an amazing device for author Emma Donoghue to use and one she pulls off with astonishing aplomb. As I read her stream of conscience type prose, I could hear the voice of a young child in my head. Some reviewers have had difficulty adjusting to the style, but to me it was flawless and perfect for setting the tone of the book, especially in the second half. The second thing that really stood out for me was Ms. Donoghue's amazing attention to the smallest details. She thought of things that never would have even occurred to me, and as a result, the narrative was completely believable throughout. These two factors, the choice and deft handling of the narrator, and her incredible consideration of every possible element of setting and characterization, earn this novel five stars from
kd6030 More than 1 year ago
I thought the plot of this story was very compelling but the characters were lacking in depth. Responses and clarity could have been better. I chose this book because of the high rating but was very disappointed. I kept reading hoping that it would redeem itself but no such luck. Waste of time.
LauraClemCogs More than 1 year ago
This book has become one of my all time favorites. The first few pages were a little difficult to adjust due being from a five year old point of view, but after page 5 you were truly captivated. Donoghue leaves no detail unmentioned and tells this sad story from a different light. When you normally hear of stories in captivity you always here about the negative, this story is unique in that it tells the true love between a mother and her son. A must read!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book during my first business trip away from my baby son - big mistake! It's so moving and well-written, clearly based on the Elizabeth Smart story, but not sensationalist. The perspective of Jack as the narrator rings true throughout the book, which is remarkable given the emotional complexity of the issues and characters. It made me want to run home and nurse my son so badly it hurt! This would be a great book club book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I rarely write bad reviews on books because I think the act of writing a book in itself is something that should be praised. However, I could not bring myself to like this book as much as I tried. Why? The main character "Jack" was utterly annoying! Even though he is five years old and the subject matter was serious, I could not stand the annoying little five year old. Telling the story through his voice, and all his mispronounced English made this book unbearable. There was nothing cutesy about his manner of speech. It was overkill. The only person I felt any sympathy for was his mom because she had to put up with being locked in a room with this kid for so long. I also found his whole "I want some" or "can I have some" utterly disturbing!
MamaElk More than 1 year ago
Room was a very interesting read. I honestly thought that I wouldn't be able to get into it because it was told from a 5 year old's perspective. I was dead wrong! Jack and Ma's relationship was detailed beautifully. Seeing the world from Jack's point of view was very honest. From the moment I began reading, up until the last page, I was intrigued. There are parts that are uncomfortable to read, but very important to the stories progression. I am very glad that I've read this book. :)
KatrinaO More than 1 year ago
A touching story of a mother-son venture and told from a view-point of a five year old, Room proves to be one of the most peculiar and moving books I have ever read. Never have I encountered or heard of a situation similar to theirs. This proved to be a decent and “disturbing” read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Room by Emma Donoghue is an fictional book about a five year boy named Jack. Jack and his Ma are living in Room , a 12 by 12 foot space that Jack loves. However , Jack doesn't fully understand that Room is a prison that his mom had been held captive for seven years. Old Nick comes every other night who Jack is frightened by to provide them little food and supplies. But Jack gets curious of this world called Outside and Ma can no longer keep the truth in no longer which the Room cannot hold. There are a lot of things I like about Room. I like how it is told in a five year old perspective and how Jack sees the world. I like how he uses ordinary things to keep his curiosity at peace by asking his mom questions which she annoys. I like the trials and tribulations they have in the room with ways to escape like the shouting through the skylight, which would only show how the characters is improving. What I dislike is how sometimes the book can be repetitive on some parts with Jack and his Ma. They seem to always go off in the tangents about other things not focusing on how to escape or talk about the outside world. They always refer to the books they read over and over again which can be annoying at sometimes. Also, how Jack always "needs some" when already older than his age. Despite the repetitiveness of the story , I think this is a dark, gripping tale that you can not stop once you start. You would fall deeply into the characters as they grow and how they cope with life. I think this book should be turned into a movie because it is just that powerful and moving. I would recommend this book to ages 13 and up to really understand the story and why Jack acts the ways he does. I give this book two thumbs up.
paperbackjunkie59 More than 1 year ago
Room ~~~~~~~~~ It's been a while since a book had me speed-reading through to see what would happen. This book, quite literally, had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. It was fast-paced and intense and so incredibly interesting.. it felt real. The story is like nothing i've ever read before, except there are stories just like this in the real world - it makes the book all the more powerful. Its haunting. It's the kind of book you read in one sitting. Its the kind of book that leaves you different. Its the kind of book that gets added to your favorites list and that you tell people about. Its one of those.  I fell in love with Jack. His innocent perspective on everything was not only refreshing and cute, but powerful.  At first, it took me a while to get used to his five-year-old voice. Some of the things he said just didn't quite sit well with me. Like in the bath tub when he would say, "penis floats." or his "I want some" when referring to his desire to be breastfed - all that was a bit grating in the beginning, but I got used to it. I do suppose it helped authenticate the novel.  All in all, this is one of the most enthralling, haunting, and raw stories I have read. Not only is it hard to put down, but it's even harder to stop thinking about. Emma Donoghue wrote an amazing, bone-chilling story about something tragic. And she did it well
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put it down ,
Hilary717 More than 1 year ago
This book is written completely in the point of view of a 5 year old boy. It took some getting used to but once I understood how he speaks/thinks I read more fluently. Once I started this book, I was invested and I had to find out what happened through the end. This author does a great job of developing the characters. I read this book in a weekend. The content is serious. It's about a mother and son who are forced to live in a room. The story unfolds as to why they are in the room and how they live day to day in a room. I recommend this book if you're looking for a quick psychological read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There isn't a word to describe this book. It may be the most emotional story I have ever read, but that is probably because I very much related to the characters as a mother of a 5 year old, and as a teacher. This is a story of the amazing strength of love and determination of 2 individuals with no one to rely in but each other. I recommend it to anyone who loves children, heroes, love, family, or freedom!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simply amazing
Angster More than 1 year ago
This book was a little disturbing at times. This could happen to anyone down the street and you not even knowing it. But the little boy, at first, was so brave! I would be scared out of my mind! I loved his point of view on everything: his mother, Old Nick, Grandma, Steppa, and the things he possessed in that Room. What I loved most of all though was his deep relationship with his mother, and their love for eachother. You have to read this book if you aren't into the whole "fairytale, fantasy" thing for a moment, and you want to put your pants into the reality of what can happen to the everyday person. I truly enjoyed this book :)
Mavis1129 More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because someone told me it was the the best book they'd ever read. After starting it, I got disinterested and kept reading other books instead. After reading four books, I finally got back to it and was committed to finishing it. It was pretty tough going and I had to start skimming in order to finish. The main problem is that the narrator is a five year old boy. Imagine reading a 300 page autobiography by a little kid. It was very tedious. Throughout the book there is also the annoying tidbit of how Jack likes to breast feed and how the milk from the left breast is so creamy. A detail I could have lived without but he was only too kind to repeat over and over. I was extremely disappointed in this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This took me a little while, but once i figured it out I couldn't put it down. This book is really good; scary as hell in some parts. I don't think this would have worked as well if it wasn't written in a child's perspective. Well worth it.
YoyoMitch More than 1 year ago
WOW! There is not a better word to describe this book.  The reader is introduced to “Jack” on the morning of his Fifth Birthday.  The story is told from Jack’s perspective and is narrated by him, this morning is as would be expected from any intelligent, precocious 5-year-old – he is excited, expectant and awake early.  He explores his surroundings as anyone who is “five, not four, like yesterday!” he visits: Bed, Bathtub, Duvet, Under Bed and all of his other friends in Room.  This is the first clue the reader has that this is not a typical child and his world is not the one the reader expects.  His companion is his mother, “Ma,” and Jack never acknowledges that she has any other name.  The world that holds, literally, Jack and Ma, is an 11’ x 11’ shed where Ma has been held for the last 7 years and where Jack was birthed.  Jack’s world has consisted of that 121-square-foot area; the proper names noted above denote his relationship with his surroundings.  When Ma and Jack manage to escape Room, Ma is elated and Jack is stunned.  “Outside” was once nothing more than a myth, a place existing only in the stories told by Ma to satisfy his budding curiosity.  Now, “Outside” is something that can be touched, has rules, does not make sense and is to be explored only from the side of Ma.  Jack is overwhelmed by all the stuff he finds in Outside.  He meets a lot of “Anyones,” and can’t understand why they are not all his friends immediately.  He finds treasures too many to count: Maple Tree Keys (seeds), Lilac flowers, a rock – all put into his “Dora, the Explorer” backpack (another treasure found before he learned the concept of “paying”).  Ma has her own adjustments to make after spending seven years in isolation.  To witness the contrast between Jack and Ma in how they approach “being free” is exciting, scary, delightful and saddening. Ms. Donoghue’s description of Jack’s experience is frighteningly realistic.  How Ma addresses her PTSD and Jack soothes his anxiety could not be more emotionally connective. In an instant, Jack’s “knowledge” of the world is revealed to be totally useless, Ma’s dreams are fulfilled and both are thrown into a land that is as foreign to them as if they were from another country.  Such a sudden shift in experience generates tremendous stress, even if that shift is as passionately desired as being free from Room after 7 years.  They must learn to live in a world that has changed (or exists) in ways they could not have imaged.  The writing is so well done, that reading (hearing) of how Jack and Ma respond to this new reality hooked me on a physical level.  I found myself mirroring Jack’s actions, Ma’s response and of those who meet Jack in his learning of life away from Room.   In the time it takes to read of the six weeks the reader gets to follow Jack, the reader finds their world has shifted.   No longer will a room be seen just as a part of a larger structure. “Space” will become something cherished, avoided, measured and “noticed.”  Relationships will be seen from a perspective of connection and value, having dimensions never considered before the reader’s experience of “Room.”  By the end, the reader will see a “room” as being “like a crater, a place where something happened.”  Reading “Room” offers the gift of being reminded that one can live in their own space with the same intentionality as Jack.