What I have been reading...

Trema's bookshelf: read

Messenger
Gathering Blue
Sickened: The Memoir of a Munchausen by Proxy Childhood
The Giver
Graveminder
Child of Grace
Survivor
Homefront
The Silent Girl: A Novel
Schooled
The One Who Waits for Me
Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy
Room
The Blind in Darkness
Haunted Kids: True Ghost Stories (Haunted Kids)
Like the Willow Tree: The Diary of Lydia Amelia Pierce, Portland, Maine, 1918


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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Review: Room by Emma Donoghue

ROOM
By Emma Donoghue

Quote: "We're like people in a book, and he won't let anybody else read it."~ "Ma" pg. 90

started on Oct. 18
ended on Oct.25,2011

From the cover:
To five-year-old Jack, Room is the world. It's where he was born, it's where he and his Ma eat and sleep and play and learn. At night, Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where Jack is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.
 Room is home to Jack, but to Ma it's the prison where she has been held for seven years. Through her fierce love for her son, she has created a life for him in this eleven-by-eleven-foot space. But Jack's curiosity is building alongside Ma's own desperation- and she knows that Room cannot contain either much longer. 
 Room is a tale at once shocking, riveting, exhilarating- a story of unconquerable love in harrowing circumstances, and of the diamond-hard bond between a mother and her child.
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Sorry all, this book is too hard to really review without giving too much away! It is one that will get under your skin and be stuck in your head. For me, My opinions are too strong not to spill my guts and ruin it for everyone! It is a must read!!
5 stars for overall
4 for writing

******SPOILERS******


This book was a love/hate book. I loved that it was told through Jack's mind, but I did have trouble grasping some of the adult characters. i didn't like grandma. she seems so distant and nonchalant about the whole situation and I understand everyone deals with tragedy and stress differently but after all that "Ma" had been through she just seemed distant with her and made light of the whole ordeal.
Grandpa was just a... not sure on this one. He didn't play a major role and maybe that's why I can't find the words to describe him. Other than the same distance I felt with the grandma.
There were a few times I found unconsistancies in the characters.
1. Jack seemed to use "big" words or even at times have an adult dialect then would revert back to the toddler gibbering. If it was only Jack, ma, and the T.V., would he really say things like.." May you go us to the kid place, where the kids and Bronwyn my cousin are."
2. When Ma is "Gone" and the nurse takes him out of the room and he leaves with Paul and the aunt. I was just waiting for "Ma" to wake up and go freaking crazy over him being away from her. Instead we learn she has OD'd and the book gives us no details about her reaction to that(I understand Jack wasn't there, therefore he can't tell that part). Even after that while he is at Grandma's she seems too detatched for a mom that hasn't been away from him even 1hr his whole life.(Not realistic) to me.




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