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Narrator Jack and his mother, who was kidnapped seven years earlier when she was a 19-year-old college student, celebrate his fifth birthday. They live in a tiny, 11-foot-square soundproofed cell in a converted shed in the kidnapper's yard. The sociopath, whom Jack has dubbed Old Nick, visits at night, grudgingly doling out food and supplies. But Ma, as Jack calls her, proves to be resilient and resourceful--and attempts a nail-biting escape.
Topical Term: Boys
Mother and child
Psychological fiction
Suspense fiction
Publisher: [North Kingstown, R.I.] : AudioGO, 2010
ISBN: 9781609419431
Branch Call Number: eAUDIO
PR6054.O547 R66 2010ab


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Room is the ultimate survival tale and illustrates how powerful a mother’s instinct is to do whatever it takes to ensure the safety of her child. The story is narrated by 5-year-old Jack, who has never ventured beyond the small room he shares with his Ma. His mother was abducted by Old Nick seven... Read More »

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Oct 29, 2019

I think I would rate the beginning of the book higher, but the end kind of dragged it down for me. I think that after they get out of the room, Jack copes with life way too fast. I have to believe that if a child were actually trapped in a room for his whole life, the outside would would take a lot more getting used to.

Jul 26, 2019

This book has received so much acclaim and praise that to add my superlatives would seem redundant. I'll just say that I find it hard to believe I will read anything as good for quite awhile. I don't want to say much about the plot because I read it not knowing what to expect and I wouldn't want to ruin that for anyone else. Choosing to tell this story entirely in the voice of a 5-year old could have been so cringingly awful in the hands of a less-skilled author, but Donoghue doesn't make a misstep. Jack and Ma will stay with me for a long time. Drop whatever you're reading and start this.

Jul 03, 2019

I was completely captivated by this novel from the first page to the last. Read this book, and then go watch the movie.

May 02, 2019

Read this book hundreds oh hours ago. (That's how Jack would say it.) I remember it being better. Tends to drag on a bit, but still a good read.

Apr 05, 2019

I really liked this book! I listened to the audiobook. I thought a little more detail about Old Nick would have been appropriate but I understand why it couldn't necessarily be in the story since it was all narrated by Jack. I would recommend this book. Perhaps there could be a sequel from "ma's" point of view. I would really be interested in hers. I think it could still be a very interesting book, especially if it was her life before the abduction, and then leading up to the birth of Jack. I am looking forward to watching this movie.

Excellent book. Donoghue’s novel is a portrayal of the lives of a young woman kidnapped and held captive with her 5 year old son in a stranger’s backyard shed. This book is riveting and very real. Donoghue’s ability to inhabit her characters’ minds is evident in that the story is told from the perspective of the child. For a book that was not overly “action-packed” it is a real page-turner. (submitted by JM)

Jul 25, 2018

I read this book and did a project about it in my English reading class, which turned out great. This book was great but the beginning kind of got boring and I do believe it was for the readers to develop what is happening. It also got really confusing, overall it was great and really trilling.

Feb 15, 2018

Thank you for all your comments. I have not read the book yet, but I am exited to read it now.

Jan 03, 2018

What can I say about this book that numerous other reviewers haven't already said?
I was initially worried about it being written from the perspective of a child because I am a pretty bad reader and get confused and lost easily, but that wasn't the case at all with this book. I couldn't stop reading! It kept me wanting to know more; how is Jack and Ma doing?

I gave this book 4.5 stars because....


[ I didn't think it was very realistic after they left Room. I don't think Jack would have coped so well being torn from Ma and sent to Grandma and Steppa's when his mom stayed at the clinic. I also didn't like how the book ended so "fluffy." I don't think reentering society would have been that easy. But, I also know if it was written realistically, it would be an extremely long book. I just feel like it kind of dropped off at the end, unfortunately, a lot of good books do.

GillyGal Oct 21, 2017

This book took me by surprise. I started listening to the story and found myself intrigued. The narrator chosen for the audio was excellent. I thought the story was well written and suspenseful. I would recommend this book even though it is not an easy read.

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Jul 28, 2016

This book is heart-wrenching. A heroic mother caring for her son, whilst held captive in a tiny shed with only a sky light to view the world.

This was a very interesting, disturbing book that, while slow moving at times, kept me intrigued because of how psychologically suspenseful it was.

Jack is the narrator and, at 5 years old, has an interesting voice that varies between young/stunted and much more sophisticated. That is thanks to being raised completely confined to a Room with his mother, who was abducted at age 19 and kept locked up by her captor ever since. Jack and his mother spend every second together inventing games and exercises and such to pass the time and stay healthy. The time comes to make an escape plan, but can they survive in the outside world where Jack is unsure of his spacial surroundings and how to interact with anyone but his Ma?


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