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Room

Hello again! Sorry for not being active the last few days, I’ve been working slowly but surely through maths and physics, trying to consolidate them in my head. How are you? Feels like a lot longer than just 3 days of not blogging!

The reason for no Sunday Review this week is that I really don’t feel I did anything worth noting for you all… Is that wrong of me? Let me know if you missed it! Then, last night, instead of Monday Musings (especially with missing the Twitter chats again), I read Room! I actually finished a book in advance of the end of the month! Have you read it yet?


Written by Emma Donoghue, Room is 5 year old Jack’s perspective of life with his Ma. The story opens on his 5th birthday and follows the events of the next few weeks of his life. Wikipedia describes room as

Jack lives with his Ma in Room, a secured single-room outbuilding containing a small kitchen, a bathtub, a wardrobe, a bed, and a TV set. Because it is all he has ever known, Jack believes that only Room and the things it contains (including himself and Ma) are “real.” Ma, unwilling to disappoint Jack with a life she cannot give him, allows Jack to believe that the rest of the world exists only on television. Ma tries her best to keep Jack healthy and happy via both physical and mental exercises, keeping a healthy diet, limiting TV-watching time, and strict body and oral hygiene. The only other person Jack has ever seen is Old Nick, who visits Room at night while Jack sleeps hidden in a wardrobe. Old Nick brings them food and necessities. 

I don’t want to ruin the story for those of you who haven’t read it yet but it’s another must read in my opinion! How many is that now? I haven’t watched the film yet but I might get round to that tonight.

It took me a while to settle into Room, I found the style of writing difficult to follow for the first few pages. All the things in the room are personified as they are all Jack knows. As you might expect, as a 5 year old, Jack’s grammar isn’t perfect either which kind of threw me a little. However it was a fantastic read once I got used to it. In fact, I read the majority of it yesterday in one sitting! 

Now the real question is, what do I read next??
Ktkinnes xx

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4 thoughts on “Room

  1. Hi Ktkinnes- I read Room not too long ago and I agree that the beginning was hard to get into with the writing style matching that of a 5YO. It was similar to Push by Sapphire in that regard… but it was good once you got into the story. I did like that the story includes the depression that Ma felt during and after the whole ordeal. That made it more real, in my opinion. 🙂

  2. I completely agree! It sounds awful but I was glad when it included Ma’s depression. As you said, it made the story more realistic and it also was interesting to see how Jack interpreted his Ma’s depression. Haven’t read Push though, I may have to look out for it! Thanks for reading 🙂 xx

  3. Push was a hard novel to read… It’s short but also disturbing. I read it in one night. It has a beautiful message of perseverance, but it also covers a realm of less savory topics. In my opinion, it’s one of those books that is worth the read, but be prepared to talk about it after.

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