Room, Emma Donoghue

download.jpgTo five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it’s not enough…not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son’s bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

Room is a harrowing heart-breaking, beautiful read which made me feel a lot of different emotions; the novel is powerful and poignant… a story that demands to be read. Room is a highly successful novel and with highly praised books such as Room, I am skeptical as I am fearful the read will not be as incredible as everybody is saying it is. However! This is not the case with the wonderful Room; Room is a delightful read, it may be harrowing but it is a wonderful book and I am so pleased I read it. I am sure many of you know the premise of Room but in case you do not then here is a premise of mine!

Room follows Jack, Jack is a young boy that lives with his Ma in Room. Room is a single room, a secured unit that contains a very small kitchen, a bathtub, a wardrobe, a bed and a TV set. Jack has only ever known Room, he was born in it and he believes that Room, the things it contains and his Ma are the only things that exist. Ma is a mother that did not want to disappoint her son so she allowed Jack to believe that the rest of the world only exists on television and it is something Ma struggles with daily. Ma, however, is a wonderful mother and she tries her best to keep Jack healthy and fit, both by mental and physical exercises as well as good hygiene and as good as a diet she can give him.

Jack has only ever seen one other person than his mum and this is ‘Old Nick’, Old Nick visits Room at night time whilst young Jack sleeps in a wardrobe, hidden as much as he can be. Old Nick brings food and necessities to the room but poor young Jack is unaware that Old Nick kidnapped Ma when she was nineteen years old and he has kept her imprisoned for the past seven years. Old Nick sadly regularly rapes Ma each night and Jack is the product of one such sexual assault. This next paragraph contains spoilers so if you do not want to be spoiled then skip to the spoiler free section which will be highlighted!

 

 

Spoiler – A week after Jack’s fifth birthday, Ma learns Old Nick has been unemployed for the past six months and is in danger of losing his home. Feeling certain that Old Nick would kill them both before letting them free, Ma comes up with a plan to get Jack out of Room by convincing Old Nick that Jack is deathly ill. Jack is unable to conceptualize being outside of Room or interacting with other people, but Ma eventually convinces him to help her. When Old Nick refuses to take Jack to a hospital, Ma then pretends that Jack has died so Old Nick then removes Jack, wrapped in a rug, from Room. Jack escapes Old Nick and manages to reach a friendly stranger who contacts the police. In spite of his inability to communicate effectively, Jack directs the police to Room to free Ma.

Spoiler – After Jack and Ma are reunited they are taken to a mental hospital where they receive medical evaluations and temporary housing. In the meantime, Old Nick is found and faces numerous charges of abduction, rape, and child endangerment that will likely lead to 25 years to life in prison. While in the hospital, Ma is reunited with her family and begins to relearn how to interact with the larger world, while Jack, overwhelmed by new experiences and people, wants only to return to the safety of Room. Meanwhile, the case has attracted much attention from the public and the mass media making it even harder for Jack and Ma to start leading a normal life – At this point I should say that although the media are great for some things I think it is disgusting when they become vultures and prey on victims in these kinds of cases. I understand that there is demand for the story but some of the ways in which photos and facts are collected are horrible and shameful – After this point, Ma is persuaded to do a television interview but it ends very badly and Ma suffers a mental breakdown and attempts suicide. While Ma is in hospital recovering and receiving therapy, Jack lives with his grandmother and her new partner. Without the security of his mother nearby Jack becomes even more confused and frustrated by his surroundings, including his new extended family, who, while kind and loving, often do not understand how Jack’s limited experience – particularly his concept of personal boundaries – impact his behavior.

Spoiler – Soon Ma recovers and her and Jack move into an independent living residence where they begin to make plans for the future. Ma’s growing independence conflicts with Jack’s desire to keep her for himself, just as they used to be. At the same time, Jack himself is growing and changing as his world expands. Finally, Jack requests to visit Room. He and Ma return to the scene of their captivity but wonderfully Jack no longer feels any emotional attachment toward it and is able to say his goodbyes before he and Ma leave Room for the final time. Spoiler Free.

 

 

That was a very long synopsis! I got carried away there but I just wanted to let all of you lovely readers know the premise of the novel in case you didn’t already know! As I said at the beginning of my review this is a very harrowing and heartbreaking story and it will definitely make you cry, especially if you are a mother or even a father! It is heartbreaking for me to read about this woman who was kidnapped but also to read about a boy who has never experienced the outside world and who has been raised in poor conditions. The saddest part about this is that Ma couldn’t help the circumstances Jack had been raised in and it is so tragically sad.

Emma Donoghue the author of the novel is an exceptional writer and I admire her for making Room a survivor story as opposed to a captors story. Room could have been a horror show all about what Old Nick had done to Ma and all about his life but thankfully it was not… it was not his story, it was Jack and Ma’s story so for that I really appreciate Donoghue for this. Donoghue’s inspiration for Room was “The shock of motherhood” which she said in an interview. She elaborated further saying “Back in 2008 when I heard about Elizabeth Fritzl and her children emerging from their Austrian dungeon, our kids were four and one. My first thought was: how did she do that, how did she manage to mother – and mother well – in a locked room? But my second thought was: aren’t there moments for every parent, and every child too when that intimate bond feels like a locked room?”. In my opinion, this is an incredible observation on her behalf but also a real thought provoking one. To take real life inspiration from the case of Elizabeth Fritzl and apply it to her work is incredible and she deserves so much praise for this.

You have to appreciate the sheer amount of work and research Donoghue has put into this novel. The mechanics of Room, the psychological and physical results of being raised in an environment like that, and the long-term effects are all explored in sensitive and thorough detail. The Child Psychology alone in this novel is impeccable and very important; I think it is extremely important as a reader to know about these heinous acts which happen in the world and the effects they have on a person.

The writing and narration of this novel can be a little painful at times as it is narrated by 5-year-old Jack. However the more I read the novel the more you become accustomed to it so, in the end, it really is not all that bad! Donoghue’s writing, in general, is very poignant and powerful. her words are full of heart and emotion and if you read this novel and do not cry I would be surprised! Her ability to transport the reader into the novel is incredible and almost magical because I was completely lost in this book and fully immersed. I felt as if I was in the dingy, horrible Room, and for that, I take my hat off to Donoghue because it is extremely hard to write a novel in which the majority of it is set in a room, without it becoming a lackluster read!

To summarise my thoughts, Room is a roller coaster journey and a compelling, harrowing, heartbreaking read but also an inspiring read full of two wonderful enchanting characters. I adored this novel and everything about it, well, besides Nick! This incredible, touching novel gets Four Stars from me!

Thank you so much as ever for reading book lovers! I appreciate it so much. Let me know all of your thoughts on Room I would love to know! Have you read the book? Do you want to read the book? Also, have you seen the movie and if so did you love it or loathe it. Let me know below lovely readers! Thank you so much again!

Goodbye for now book lovers,

P.S. Below is a preview of the book for you to read and if you want to buy the novel there is a buy me button which will take you straight to Amazon U.K. and if you are international then have a look at the Book Depository link!

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Publisher; Picador

*Update – As always with books adapted into a movie I love to express my thoughts! Personally, I thought this movie was incredible and very true of the novel. The story and casting were amazing and I was so happy when Brie Larsson who plays Ma won the best actress at the Oscars! A superb movie and I enjoyed it thoroughly! Let me know whether you loved the movie too! Thanks again for reading book lovers!

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345 thoughts on “Room, Emma Donoghue

      1. Thanks so much! And what is that about? It sounds interesting. And please please, when you finish gone girl you must tell me what you think or write a review because gone girl is one of my all time favourite novels. I love it so much!

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      2. More than this is about a boy who commits suicide and then wakes up in a deserted world, in the house where he grew up… And it’s so much more than it sounds ^^ And yes I will DEFINITELY write a review about Gone Girl!!

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  1. I read this book when it was released in 2010 and I loved it! I thought back then that it would be an amazing movie. So I am glad they have made it into one. Just watching the trailer brought me back to “Room” and I got chills all over again.

    I loved your review! It captured the book excellently!

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    1. So did I ! As I was reading this I thought it would make an incredible movie and I am so happy there is one coming out soon! And don’t! Watching the trailer did the same to me also. I have to admit though, the movie does look incredible and I am really looking forward to seeing it. And thank you so much! You are way too kind, thank you!

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  2. This book was everywhere when it first came out, but I avoided it because I thought it sounded overly traumatic and sensationalist – as if one of those true-life abuse-centred autobiographies had been novelised. I had heard it was very good, but despite your enthusiastic and wonderfully thorough review … I’m just not sure I can put myself through reading it. Will have to mull on that one 🙂

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    1. I understand completely where you are coming from. I tend to stay away from the books which are hyped up too much, and are everywhere you go, on every bookshelf in every store. However! Saying this, I am glad I gave in and read this book because it is worth it. Although it is a survivor story (and a great one in that!) it is also so educational. If anything I stuck with it and read it for the child psychology because that was fascinating to me. Although it has real life inspirations, it doesn’t feel as if it is one of these stories you hear in the news. Because although it sounds like it is, it is individual in its own right. And again, it is emotional but you will be left with a good feeling once you read it! I highly recommend it Lynn (:

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      1. Yes, I remember the real life inspiration for it very clearly – the kind of story that you wouldn’t think credible if had been fictionalised. I’ll mull this one over and think about whether to read it or not. Thanks for the recommendation 🙂

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  3. I listened to ROOM on audio a few years ago. The voice was so compelling I can still hear it. Like you, I had to research the author and even the young performer who read the part (sadly she had just died while giving birth to twins). I haven’t seen the movie. Nice review!

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    1. This is so amazing! I am so glad another book lover found it compelling too! I have never actually listened to a audio book but I may now that you said it was so compelling hearing this! That is incredible. Also I adore that somebody else out there also researches authors! I thought I was the only one! That is so tragic to hear, that is horrible. But thank you so much for reading! I appreciate that so much!

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  4. I’ve heard so many good things about this book, but I’m hesitant to read it. Subject matter that involves kids in those types of situations is really hard for me to read. But it sounds like I’ll be missing something wonderful if I skip it. Great review.

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    1. I understand you completely. They are very hard books to read and they do break your heart (especially if you have children like me!) however it is definitely worth the read. It is not a disappointing book, it will be more than worth your time. So please read it lol! And thank you so much, you are so incredibly kind! (:

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  5. I read this when it first came out and loved it! I agree that the narration was a little hard to read at first but ultimately I think it’s one of the things that made the book so great. It was a constant reminder that not only is this child going through these horrible things, but the horrible is his normal. Great review!

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    1. Yes! You worded that absolutely perfectly. It is a constant reminder of his circumstances and how horrendous they are. If the novel had been written in a different way I do not think it would be the same. I am so glad you had the same views as me though! And thank you so much for reading and commenting! I appreciate it so much (:

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    2. Hi there! I have not spoken to you in a very long time, I just wanted to see how you have been and what great books you have read recently? I am in dire need of book recommendations and I know you probably have many! I am looking forward to hearing from you!

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      1. Thanks so much! If you’re looking for another great book to read my friend recommended to me one called Blackbird by Anna Carey. I got a free sample of it on my Nook e-reader and it is truly amazing (so far!) As soon as I put my Barnes and noble gift card on my nook I am definitely getting the rest of it. Maybe I’ll do a review for it on my blog! 😃

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      2. Ooo I have heard of this book! Is it good!? It is already on my goodreads already but I just haven’t gotten around to it, but I really think I should now! Omg, and gift cards! Literally, every Christmas and birthday people ask me, “what do you want?” And my immediate thought is “books!” Lol. Am I the only one who does this haha? And yes! You should, I would definitely read it (:

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      3. Yes i agree totally with the gift card/book thing!!!!!!! And yes blackbird is one of the most intriguing books I’ve ever read. The second person narrative may take some getting used to but I think it makes you feel more like you’re in the story. Yes definitely read it!!!

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      4. Hahah, I am so glad I am not the only one who thinks like this! And I heard about this second person narrative, I don’t think I have actually ever read a second person narrative, so I am going to have to try it! Thanks so much for the recommendation!!

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      5. Sure thing! Yes I’d never read a second person narrative before and some people had said it was hard to get used to but yeah I really liked it. I think I’ll have to do a review for it on my blog, tell me what you think of the book after you get done with it! 😃

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      1. Hey! So good to hear from you! I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this to you before, but All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven is a must-read. (Just get the tissues ready.) another book that has stuck with me since I’ve read it is Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone. Both of these are YA fiction, but I think they’re great reads for adults too. What have you been reading? I’d love to get some recommendations from you as well.

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    1. Hey! I’ve missed you! Lol. And yes! It is pretty heart wrenching and I would lying if I said I didn’t cry! However, looking back on it, it is not utterly devastating. There is still hope within the book. So in other words, you can still read it and not be emotionally wrecked for life lol. Thank you so much again! Because I haven’t been on here on a while I need to go check out your blog right now! I’m curious, do you have Twitter? (:

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  6. I read this a couple of years ago, and I really enjoyed it too. I agree with your criticisms about the narrative style and how it felt a bit gimmicky, but I personally couldn’t put it down. I’m also very interested in seeing how it will translate into a film. Have you read any other books by Emma Donoghue? I haven’t, but I know she’s written lots

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    1. I am so happy somebody else agrees with me! Thank you so much for reading by the way. Just as you said, although there are minor faults, the book is unputdownable, and I really loved it. And so am I! Hopefully they do the book justice. Also, I really want the escape to be as intense as it was in the book! Because seriously I was on the edge of my seat and my heart was pacing. Did you feel like this or was it just me? Lol. And no I haven’t! I have actually been meaning to check them out, I wonder what the narrative will actually be like, because of course she had to write in childlike terms for Room. Thank you so much for commenting!

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      1. An easy 4 out of 5, I read a lot but there are very few that stick in my memory. This one is super glued to my memory, it was so raw. Cried like a baby, obviously but seriously good book! X

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      2. I feel exactly the same. I read so many books, but it is actually rare for a book to stick in my mind as much as this one did. And thank god I wasn’t the only one who cried! I cried my eyes out and because I am a young mom I cried even more! It is such a perfect novel. I just want everybody to read it! x

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  7. I really loved this book but for me the final 1/3rd didn’t quite work. I wish they had changed to the mother’s perspective for that portion because the kids recovery wasn’t as interesting to me as the Mothers must have been. But still a gripping story.

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    1. I would have loved this too! I actually wish that they could have switched the narrative to the bit and then the mother throughout as I was really interested in her thoughts and feelings also! But yes! Regardless, it is a very gripping story. Thanks so much for commenting!

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      1. I se that you like gone girl, have you read the new book she’s brought out? It’s quite a short read.. I’m not trying to plug my blog but I’ve just done a list of my favourite books just go through that because I’d recommend all of them!!

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      2. I LOVE Gone Girl! It is one of my favourite reads and I think Gillian Flynn is one of the best writers there is today. I have! The Grownup right? I loved it. I have never read a short story before so I was a little hesitant but once I did I ended up falling in love with it. It may be short but the writing and story is incredible.
        You’re blog is amazing so there is no need to plug it! Lol. I’m going to go find this right now. 💕

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    1. Omg, please do! Honestly, it is pretty heavy reading and VERY emotional but so worth it. And it is actually really informative! Thank you so much for reading, I am still obsessed with your blog by the way! What are you reading at the moment? I am still debating what book to read next!!

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      1. I’m halfway through Six of Crows, and while it is good…I’m not getting the reason for the hype. So hopefully it has a fantastic ending that totally blows my mind, because right now I’m just stuck on “K, so its Mission Impossible in a fantasy setting with young kids.”

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      2. I understand exactly how you feel. As I said it was good, nothing more and nothing less lol. Whenever there is a hyped up ya book I always read it and sometimes I hate myself for giving in because more often than not it is not that great and doesn’t actually deserve the hype. The ending is good but yeah, it’s not my favourite ya novel ever! But yes! This is exactly what I thought also lol.

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      3. The only reason I’m reading it is because I realized that I’d read practically none of the books on the top lists this year, and so I just picked a couple. LOL. My top-list reviews will be Alive (already done), A Monster Calls (tomorrow), Red Queen (Friday), More than This (Undetermined), Six of Crows (Undetermined), and Alice (Undetermined)

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  8. Your reviews are just incredible!

    I have not read this book, but did watch the movie. It was one I kept thinking about for a long time afterward. I had the same feeling –that the Nick character was almost too mysterious. (But yeah no, fuck him. What an absolute piece of filth.) Nothing could have truly made him a sympathetic or even remotely likable character, but I do wonder if there is anything that could have humanized him.

    The movie must have stayed pretty close to the book in a lot of ways, because I too became less interested in the later half, after their escape. In a way, I almost wish it had ended with them both being in the police car, rescued. I know it wouldn’t be realistic for them to escape then go on to live happily ever after, and like you said, Jack’s transformation into a well adjusted, “normal” child felt very real and well-researched, but that last half was so much in contrast to the beginning it no longer felt like the same story.

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    1. Oh wow this comment is amazing thank you so much! This is just incredible I loved reading every word of this. Thank you so much for commenting and for your lovely words. Please tell me you have Twitter or Instagram because we need to talk more! Give me two seconds to reply to this message (:

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    2. I am so happy that you loved the movie! It was definitely very accurate with the movie, I thought Britt Marlings portrayal was amazing and as I left the cinema I said to my husband she is going to win best actress at the Oscars and she did!

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    3. What I love about her too is that she really researched the role of Ma and spoke to a lot of victims and survivors. She actually works with many charities helping woman who have been in similar situations so the fact that she done the role justice in the movie and the book is amazing!

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    4. You have reminded me too that there should have been more about Nick! I got over the fact that we didnt learn much about him but now I wish I new more. I guess the whole point from the writer though is the fact that he doesnt deserve a voice and the story is about the victims and not him.

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    5. Still, I would have adored to know more about him and his kidnapping of her and yes, the author could have humanised him more. Sure, fuck him like you said but I would have loved to learn if he himself had a troubled past!

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    6. Also I am so glad I am not the only one who lost interest in the movie half way through, I still loved it but with the book I did find it a little boring. But again, that was the authors purpose because it is about their journey and recovery. So sad about Ma in the movie! That broke my heart and I cried my eyes out! I am sure you know what scene I mean lol.

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    7. You are so right too, them being rescued in the police car would have been a great ending. It was a pretty good movie though! Thank you for commenting again and sorry for all the replies, I prefer to write short comments lol.

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      1. No worries, haha! I think they did an excellent job showing Ma’s struggle. It really stood as a testament to her strength that Jack could just slip effortlessly into the world, but it wasn’t so easy for her. She did all the suffering, but was able to shield him from it. (My Twitter, by the way, is @ceolsigewrites. It’s brand new. :))

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    8. Hi there! I have not spoken to you in a very long time, I just wanted to see how you have been and what great books you have read recently? I am in dire need of book recommendations and I know you probably have many! I am looking forward to hearing from you!

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  9. A lovely, impassioned review about one of my all-time favourite books:)). I think she pulled off a really difficult trick in avoiding the horror of the crime or any sensationalim, but focusing – as you said – this book is all about Jack and Ma.

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    1. I think it is wonderful too how Donoghue focused on Ma and Jack and how it was not about Nick. It was not a commercialised horror novel about a kidnapping but rather a deep look into the effects of the trauma on their lives etc. It’s really poetically beautiful when you think about it (:

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      1. And that’s why it is one of all-time favourite books. It could have so easily turned into another victim versus evil baddie trope – but she takes that dynamic and does something completely different, that made me ask some really hard questions about the situation.

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      2. No, because overall I thought she did a very good job. Children who spend a great deal of time around adults tend to adopt very adult ways of speaking and thinking – and that is Jack.

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      1. ha ha! You know that soul sister thing you said we had going? Well, I’m not exactly the silent type, either… I DO like book shopping – but practically we have got to a stage where we have run out space. We’ve been living in the same house together for over 20 years and we both LOVE books. I don’t mind getting rid of a proportion of them once I’ve read them as I very, very rarely reread a book, but J simply won’t. So we have both are now Kindle junkies – besides, I just LOVE pressing a button and getting a book bounce onto my device all ready to read. And it’s a book that I WANT. I can still recall going to book shops, forlornly seeking a science fiction book that I’d like that I hadn’t already read… Back in the 70s and 80s there simply wasn’t the choice. So these days, Fluffy (my Kindle) and I regularly cuddle up together.

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      2. Aww I loved this! I understand that a kindle is easy and accessible but I am just so old school that I love having a book in my hands! My library is over filling up already because me and my husband too love books! However when it gets really full I am going to tell my husband to build an extension lol. He’s a engineer and architect so he’s always tinkering with the house! (:

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      3. Oh yes… I’m totally with you! Sadly, though Himself is a gem and I wouldn’t swap him for the world, he isn’t particularly handy and the two of us COULD put a bookcase up, but we’d probably have to go and lie down in a darkened room to recover for a day or so…

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      1. Oh yes I loved it. Only I thought that Jack was a girl at first owing to his long hair and found it very confusing that a girl had been named Jack. Otherwise, and this wasn’t a reason to dislike the movie, it was a great one.

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      2. No, I haven’t even read this one though I can’t wait to get it. From what I have heard of it, I don’t think there is any book similar to this one. It isn’t the story that’s unique but I guess the narration gave the book what it has. In the movie, we see everything through Jack’s eyes and many a times he doesn’t understand what is going on. If the book follows the same pattern of narration, it must have taken great skill on Donoghue’s part to telk the readers what is happening.

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  10. Quite a treasure-trove of a site you have here!!! So glad you stumbled on my own! “Room” is one of my favourite books – it is absolutely mesmerizing, how she gets right inside Jack’s character, and his mom’s – letting us see through their eyes. I adored the movie too – one of the few that was a fabulous ‘translation’ from print to screen… due to Emma’s script and exec. producing choices. Great review!

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      1. Gee, not a whole lot of time for reading anymore. Have a freelance editing gig now. Plus I work on my blog stuff. I’ve started reading “USA Inc.” written by Larry Kahaner – his blog is one of the excellent ones I follow. (His blog is “The Non-Fiction Novelist.”) He so kindly sent me an Amazon gift card to buy his book; I think it was a sort of “thank you” for keeping up with his posts and commenting/complimenting him a lot. 😀 I also plan to re-read my son-in-law Shane Simmons’s book, Necropolis. This time I won’t need to proofread it as I did the first go-around. BTW I plan this summer to self-publish my own book, a memoir called “Surviving Hollywood North: Crew Confessions from an Insider.” 🙂 BTW #2: How the hell do you have TIME to read and review all those books?! You post a review every single day?!? Does that mean you read a book a day?? Help me out here! LOL

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      2. Haha I don’t know how I have the time too with four children, two of whom are new born twins! However I am a fast reader and can finish a book within 2-3 days. Before I started my blog I wrote a few reviews in preparation so that is why (:

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      3. My jaw has dropped. FOUR KIDS!!!! TWINS!!! NEWBORN!!! A BOOK IN 2-3 DAYS!!! Are you a real human?????? 😀 😀 😀 And how, I’d like to know, have you managed to gain so many tons of followers????? Yikes!!!! I’m in awe of you, truly!!!! When i was a mom of 2 little ones, all I remember wanting to do was sleep!!!! 😀

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    1. Hi there! I have not spoken to you in a very long time, I just wanted to see how you have been and what great books you have read recently? I am in dire need of book recommendations and I know you probably have many! I am looking forward to hearing from you!

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    1. Hi there! I have not spoken to you in a very long time, I just wanted to see how you have been and what great books you have read recently? I am in dire need of book recommendations and I know you probably have many! I am looking forward to hearing from you!

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  11. Another tip re books to add to your list: Karin Fossum. She’s a fantastic writer in the genre of psychological crime. She’s Norwegian but the English translations are fantastic and widely available. I’ve gotten them from the library and also Kindle editions for my Kindle. I’ve read ALL her books and they’re all super!!
    xox

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    1. Hi there! I have not spoken to you in a very long time, I just wanted to see how you have been and what great books you have read recently? I am in dire need of book recommendations and I know you probably have many! I am looking forward to hearing from you!

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  12. After reading the book I was intrigued to watch the movie and they really did it justice, but the book was much more powerful. Lovely to hear someone else’s perspective of this. I’m going to read Gone Girl to see how that compares to the movie now. Thank you for visiting my blog I will be reading more of your reviews very soon. x

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      1. I loved how Ma educated her son and kept him physically fit, with such limited resources. I was fascinated by the boys relationships with inanimate objects .I don’t think this came over as strongly in the movie. However I thought the mothers mental health issues were much more apparent in the book.

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      1. I’ve watched it twice and loved it both times. I wish I could turn back time and read the book first. I don’t like to have preconceived ideas about how the characters look etc I usually find that a book gives a stronger image.

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      2. I agree, it is much funner to picture a character in your head with your own vision. However! I believe that Ben Affleck and rosmund pike were the most perfect casting choices for Nick and Amy. Honestly, they portrayed the characters in the book so well!

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      3. I would still recommend that you read the book though because there are many more darker aspects and things that happened in the book which didn’t happen in the movie. Plus the narrative and the diary entries are perfect to read!

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    1. Hi there! I have not spoken to you in a very long time, I just wanted to see how you have been and what great books you have read recently? I am in dire need of book recommendations and I know you probably have many! I am looking forward to hearing from you!

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      1. Thank you for your lovely message. I’m well and hope you are too. I enjoyed Karin Slaughter’s The Good Daughter, somehow this author had passed me by but I will be reading more of hers. How about you? Hope you are having a lovely day! x

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  13. This is about to be shown on tv. So the question is, do I watch and read the book after.
    Ignore and read the book first, then the film. Oh decisions decisions!
    Thing is I have no more room in my shelf and the film looks good.

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      1. I think my first thoughts are that I expected it to be in the room pretty much for the whole film. I guess it was for the first hour, but once they were out the film weakened for me. Maybe the book manages to capture the imagination where the film lacks.
        I know it’s fiction but it didn’t seem that realistic or believable to me. The actress looked too healthy and again the book probably would paint a different interpretation? We saw a quick scene of her exercising but mentally she wouldn’t cope would she? Would anyone or do we become institutionalised, in which case she then seemed to cope with the outside world. She spent two years in solitary confinement bar him spending the night to either sleep or entertain himself.
        I have read and seen Flowers In The Attic and maybe because I have I didn’t find it that fantastic. It was good but it didn’t grip me as I expected.

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      2. Thank you for enlightening me! I agree though, a book and a movie are completely different and they should have made the movie a lot darker and yes, the actress should have looked a lot worse.

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      3. I think from memory I have only seen the first two films in the series.
        I could easily re read the books though so I think they must have been good.
        Virginia Andrews is the author, though she might have had a ghostwriter. Someone can correct me on that one.

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    1. Hi there! I have not spoken to you in a very long time, I just wanted to see how you have been and what great books you have read recently? I am in dire need of book recommendations and I know you probably have many! I am looking forward to hearing from you!

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      1. Hi there! I have not spoken to you in a very long time, I just wanted to see how you have been and what great books you have read recently? I am in dire need of book recommendations and I know you probably have many! I am looking forward to hearing from you!

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  14. It’s a shame that the film sits is different though. I haven’t seen it but been told it has significant differences.
    It’s a shame this happens and it’s my the first time a film has been altered.

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      1. I love those kind of movies too. I love indie movies and psychological movies which mess with your mind. I love the machinist and night crawler but then I also really love comedy action movies like the accountant or the nice guys. Have you seen any of those? (:

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    1. Hi there! I have not spoken to you in a very long time, I just wanted to see how you have been and what great books you have read recently? I am in dire need of book recommendations and I know you probably have many! I am looking forward to hearing from you!

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    1. Hi there! I have not spoken to you in a very long time, I just wanted to see how you have been and what great books you have read recently? I am in dire need of book recommendations and I know you probably have many! I am looking forward to hearing from you!

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      1. Hi there! I have not spoken to you in a very long time, I just wanted to see how you have been and what great books you have read recently? I am in dire need of book recommendations and I know you probably have many! I am looking forward to hearing from you!

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    1. Hi there! I have not spoken to you in a very long time, I just wanted to see how you have been and what great books you have read recently? I am in dire need of book recommendations and I know you probably have many! I am looking forward to hearing from you!

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      1. Hi there! I have not spoken to you in a very long time, I just wanted to see how you have been and what great books you have read recently? I am in dire need of book recommendations and I know you probably have many! I am looking forward to hearing from you!

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      2. Hi! I’ve been doing great, so nice to hear from you! How are you? Oh man, I’ve read so much lately… I just finished “Girlboss” and “The Circle,” both were really good and I highly recommend them! I need to re-read your blog for more book recs. Thanks for checking in!!

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