Teen Review - Room
review by Naomi, member of Cedarbrae Library's Youth Advisory Group
Room, a novel by Emma Donoghue, is an award winning, thrilling, inspiring, and powerful story about the love between a mother and her five-year-old son. The back-story is about a Woman who had been kidnapped in her twenties and kept inside a shed for seven years. In that eleven by eleven foot space she gave birth to a son named Jack and raised him. Soon she grew impatient and Jack began to become curious about the outside world. This story is about how they devise a plan to escape from the kidnapper and the tiny shed and how they try to adjust to the world they had been kept away from for almost a decade. The novel is has been made into an Oscar-winning movie.
Personally, I loved this book and can even say that it’s one of my favourites. There are many reasons for this but I’ll just go over a couple. First of all this whole novel was written in the perspective of five year old Jack. When I first heard this I assumed that it would totally ruin the seriousness of the book, I believed that the author wouldn’t be able to pull it off. Obviously Donoghue proved me wrong as the story was written so beautifully, it genuinely seemed like it was written by a child. In addition, I loved the intensity of the novel and how it seemed so planned out. This book was such a page flipper, I was indulged in it and couldn’t put it down. I usually take around a month at least to finish a book but I finished this within four to five days which is a huge record for me. There was never a dull moment with the room.
Overall, this book was wonderful and I would recommend it to anyone over 13 as it does contain some mature content. It really teaches you about the cruel world but also shows that miracles do happen. In my eyes this was a solid 5/5, no novel could compare to this.