Room by Emma Donaghue

This book stunned me in so many ways. The concept itself was difficult to wrap my head around. It also made me realize that people's coping mechanisms are astounding. The human brain can do such great things when it has to. The entire book is written from the perspective of a 5 year old, but it's his mother that intrigued me most. Imagine having to create a life for yourself and a child in a Room.

Would you think to use egg shells as mosaic tiles so that your child can do art projects? Or use toilet paper rolls to make a castle that beads can play in? Would you be able to come up with reasons to tell your 5 year old why the people in the television can be in grass and outside and he can't?

I don't think I have completely processed this book yet, I am still in shock. I would highly recommend reading it, but only if you are mentally prepared. I was close to tears several times. I was also laughing, though, because a lot of normal things when described by a 5 year old are hilarious.

Rating 4.75/5 stars


  1. I've seen and heard quite a bit about this one and am curious, having studied psychology in college. I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the review!

  2. I have this book! I havent had a chance to read it yet, but Im glad to see the good review :)